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Schedules based on Wall Composite Type

Anonymous
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I am trying to calculate the surface areas for all the different wall types in my project. My main question is about the exterior walls which have a composite type fill.

From the Available Wall Parameters dialogue box under the Scheme Settings, one can ask to calculate the surface area on the side of or opposite the side of the reference line. However I find this could be very inaccurate and one could easily lose track of which side is the correct side for the calculation; this is considering an exterior composite wall. (for example I need to see how much wood siding in need on the exterior side of my exterior wall)

Is there any way I can calculate surface area based on the composite fill type?

The only other parameter for listing is based on 3D Model info for the wall, the "painted" material or color. I've considered this but that will require much excel processing which is annoying adn time consuming.

Thank you!
mps
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Karl Ottenstein
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MarinaPS wrote:
Is there any way I can calculate surface area based on the composite fill type?
Yes, the Component Schedules will do that - for composites and for profiled elements (walls, columns, beams) - but you still have an inside/outside issue for a particular fill.

It is best to be very consistent with you reference lines for a multitude of reasons. Most often, you would want the reference line for exterior walls to be to the outside. If you consistently do that, then getting your siding area becomes straightforward... but also modifying the building becomes easier as well.

Cheers,
Karl
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Anonymous
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Karl wrote:
Most often, you would want the reference line for exterior walls to be to the outside.
Karl:
I'm eventually wanting to be able to do similiar calcs, but am just starting out with AC. At the moment, I'm wondering about how to setup my composites and how they relate to reference lines - which, as you point out, all become important for the calculation phase. I've not got around to learning and doing any calcs yet, but I'm trying to do the right thing with my model and practices, beforehand, so I don't trip up too much when I do.

If the Construction Method property is flipped, so the wall is on the opposite side of the wall, and then offset, so it get's placed back visually on the original "side" of the wall, will the reference line be actually on the opposite (ie wrong) side of the wall for calculations, compared to its visual "side".

If you're wondering, why would I flip and offset in the first place? A:So I only have to use one asymmetric composite, regardless of the side I want a particular skin on. I've got a question about whether this is a good idea or not, on this post here

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