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Problems creating windows in Sketchup

asked 2019-12-02 10:27:42 -0500


I am new to Sketchup/OS and trying to create a window that is nearly floor to ceiling. I've tried drawing with a full border and it worked but how do I create a window surface without or just partial border? Is there a manual way to assign surface as window?

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answered 2019-12-02 13:40:56 -0500

Chris Coletti gravatar image

Eugene, first click on the surface you want to insert a window. On upper menu you will see "Extensions", clik on it and follow the path "OpenStudio User Scripts > Alter or Add Model Elements > Set Window to Wall Ratio "

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Thanks Chris. It wont allow me to set the surface to 100% window. I am getting an error that Window/Wall ratio has to be less then 1 and offset more then 0. It is very easy to trace the CADs exactly and then add framing in the parameters.


Eugene gravatar ( 2019-12-02 14:03:22 -0500 )edit

If you want to use the OpenStudio SketchUp plugin you need to have a minor inset of your window on all sides, although the bottom can touch the floor, but you would have to change it from door to window. You can not change a base surface to a type of sub-surface, but you can change sub-surface type from door to window. The problem with trying to support full size windows in SketchUp within a surface group is that two entities can't exist directly on top of each within a single surface group. As Chris mentioned you can use the script to use ratio of 0.97 or manually draw large window.

David Goldwasser gravatar imageDavid Goldwasser ( 2019-12-02 14:34:48 -0500 )edit

Thanks for clarification David. So if I understand this correctly, this is a limitation in EnergyPlus? gravatar ( 2019-12-02 18:01:59 -0500 )edit

No, technically EnergyPlus can have a sub-surface the same size as the base surface that hosts it, it is more of a limitation of how the viewing/editing of the surfaces in the SketchUp Plugin are implemented. EnergyPlus can also handle sub-surfaces out of the plane of the base surface.

David Goldwasser gravatar imageDavid Goldwasser ( 2019-12-03 09:39:16 -0500 )edit

Oh I see ok. Hopefully that could be fixed in the future release as it would make drawing curtainwall or full height/width windows much easier.

Thanks again! gravatar ( 2019-12-03 16:20:32 -0500 )edit

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