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I am getting a warning that says: "Both surfaces 'Surface 1', and 'Surface 2 reference the same construction 'Wall Interior 1' but it is not symmetric, creating a reversed copy." What does this mean?

asked 2017-07-13 08:37:42 -0500

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updated 2017-07-13 08:52:35 -0500

I saw a similar error asked by someone else but there was no explanation as to why this error comes up.

This error came up when I translated my openStudio model to EnergyPlus. What does this error mean? Is there anything I can do to fix it?


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answered 2017-07-13 08:45:52 -0500

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I just realized why this error occurs. It happens when a custom construction material is hard assigned to 2 surfaces that are touching. To fix it, delete one of the hard assigned construction materials from one of the surfaces. The program will automatically pick up the construction from the surface's 'outside boundary condition object'.

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The problem is not with custom constructions specifically, it's with asymmetric constructions, i.e., constructions with material layer orders that are not the same when read from one side vs. another. If you assign asymmetric construction ABC to matched surfaces in zones 1 and 2, you create an impossible/ambiguous situation. The construction must look like ABC from zone 1 and CBA from zone 2 or vice versa. It cannot look like ABC from both zones. If only one surface is assigned ABC, EnergyPlus automatically creates the CBA construction and assigns it to the matched surface.

__AmirRoth__ gravatar image__AmirRoth__ ( 2017-07-13 09:06:40 -0500 )edit

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