[Equest-users] Spandrel Glass

Nicholas Caton Nicholas.Caton at schneider-electric.com
Thu Dec 6 18:09:05 PST 2018

I’ll toss some extra thoughts/experience into the pile:

My preferred approach to handling large amounts of spandrel glass is to start by taking advantage of the wizards’ capacity to generate separate “plenum” exterior wall sections (of height resulting from your ceiling inputs), to produce equivalent area to the spandrel glass on each orientation.  Those separate sections are in part a by-product of the intent to distinguish the conditioned space/zone volume relative to the floor-to-floor height, but we can repurpose them!

I do not create glass on those “plenums” wall sections, but rather just make a new “spandrel” exterior wall construction in detailed mode and use custom user default expressions to automate assigning “spandrel” vs. “normal” constructions to each exterior surface as a function of their Z coordinate (0 = normal wall, else spandrel construction).

This can be combined with post-wizard manipulation of interior space/ceiling heights (which do not have to line up with the “seams” separating plenum from normal walls), to capture cases where the spandrel actually extends below the ceiling line and ensure the conditioned volume is accurate around your perimeters.  Be mindful that if the spandrel glass is largely incident on the conditioned volume it may be more appropriate to move them off the plenum spaces and onto the occupied spaces.

There is an aesthetic “downside” to this approach to consider (according to some industry professionals I’ve worked with), but if someone *really* wants a pretty 3D model picture that looks like a fishbowl from the likes of eQuest (?), I’ll just add that you can generate some (apparently convincing) “forgery” of extra windows by mis-using MSPAINT – the duct tape of my graphical tool belt.  And yes, I sleep at night just fine, thank you.

@David:  I’m not sure about that library entry either, but I have in the past been convinced myself it was okay to use the simplified window glass definition option and

  *   specify a shading coefficient of zero (where SC is the ratio of solar energy transmitted relative to single pane float glass), and
  *   specify a U-value appropriate to the degree of insulation (though I’d leave this equivalent to the underlying glass layer(s) if it’s just painted panels – run into that a couple times).
This modeling approach doesn’t pick up on all of the actual nuances of radiative* emissivity for painted-over windows, but it has for me been good enough for (literally) government work where there were much bigger problems to focus the energy model’s development around… If anyone has developed further best practices for handling “high-e coatings” applied to mitigating unwanted transmissive solar gains, I am certainly all ears =).


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Paul – to answer your question: painfully? It may not be that bad actually – what’s your base wall type? For a curtain wall that is half spandrel and half vision glass, make the exterior opaque surface equivalent to the spandrel sections as a defined opaque wall construction, and then add the vision glass to that – if you change the surface constructions in spreadsheet view it may not be that painful after all. The painful part will be deleting all of the current spandrel sections that are now defined as the base wall.

JRA – I’m not sure of the purpose of the spandrel glass type in the library, I don’t know if that window object model has the capability to perform as if it were an opaque surface although this spandrel glass definition may be available to be selected…I’m not sure it would be an accurate choice. I wonder if it is a research entry that isn’t meant for the modeling public. Anyone used it?


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As I recall there IS a wall component called spandex glass in the Library. See if that solves your need.

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On Wed, Dec 5, 2018 at 3:33 PM, Paul Diglio via Equest-users
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I have a building with a very large amount of spandrel glass panels, which I modeled as glass since this seemed to be the only way to insert the panels into the exterior walls.

I would somehow like to re-assign the spandrel panels as another exterior component so they will be counted as part of the exterior walls in the LV-D report instead of glass.

Any idea on how this can be done?

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