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Is it possible to create light shelves using the openstudio or sketchup interface instead of energyplus?

asked 2017-08-24 10:48:38 -0500

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I have created exterior overhangs, and I would like to turn them into exterior light shelves. I've tried searching the BCL and Sketchup for measures/user scripts, but have had no luck. I've also reviewed the E+ documentation, and have a general understanding of the "DaylightingDevice:Shelf" object and its fields. However, I am still fairly new to OS and E+, and I'm not very comfortable with using the IDF editor and switching back to OS. Is there a way to create the shelves in OS or the SketchUp plugin instead? I have found the "Daylighting Shelves" section under "Subsurfaces" on the "Spaces" tab in OS, but there are no objects in the library that I can drag into my model. Thanks!

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Just out of interest, what exactly is an "exterior light shelf", as opposed to an "exterior overhang"?

rpg777 gravatar imagerpg777 ( 2017-08-25 12:33:35 -0500 )edit

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answered 2017-08-25 11:41:09 -0500

@drnnjhnsn There isn't a way to manually DaylightingDeviceShelf objects in the SketchUp Plugin or OpenStudio application but there is a surface method applyViewAndDaylightingGlassRatios that takes view and daylight window ratios and constructions, as well as an exterior shading projection factor and and interior shelf projection factor as arguments. In a measure it would look like this.


It is used in the School and Office AEDG Fenestration and Daylighting Controls Measures on BCL.

Once a DaylightingDeviceShelf has been added by a measure, you can see the interior partition surface that is used as the light shelf in the SketchUp Plugin, and you can the DaylightingDeviceShelf object in the Subsurfaces sub-tab in the OpenStudio application. You can re-assign a different interior partition surface to the light shelf object, or you can manually alter the existing surface or the construction assigned to it.

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View of interior partition surface assigned to DaylightingDeviceShelf after running applyViewAndDaylightingGlassRatios

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View of OpenStudio application subsurfaces sub-tab after DaylightingDeviceShelf has been added.

As a note, the "Library" has template objects that can be dragged into a model for Shading Controls and Frame and Divider, but not for DaylightingDevice Shelf.

It is a bit in the weeds, but the reason DaylightingDeviceShelf wasn't added to the Library is that the object can't exist without also having a SubSurface, and the SubSurface can't be re-assigned later on. It is possible this functionality could be added on the future, but I'm not aware of any plans. It would be pretty easy to write a simple measure to use in "Apply Measures Now" that takes a specific sub-surface, or construction, or maybe string search for the sub-surface name, to batch add light shelfs to the model for a subset of existing windows.

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