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The PartL 2013 calculation utilises a number of methods for considering shading factors.
In terms of shading for PartL there are three considerations:
This information can be entered under the "Misc." page in PartL, on the "Additional surface data" tab.
Once a Window is selected, the Glazing data input becomes active. Please note that, as described in our Glazing Data wiki, the Shading position will depend on the Blind type selecting for that glazing type, within the Glazing Data menu:
Transmission factor - This is applied to windows to allow overhangs and fins to be considered.
This method is taken from the iSBEM manual - (Transmission factor is analogous with correction factor in Part L 2010)
75.6 Transmission correction factorsThe transmission correction factor for windows can be calculated from:
TS = Fo Ff
where
Fo is the partial shading correction factor for overhangs
Ff is the partial shading correction factor for fins
A transmission factor of 1 refers to 100% of light transmitted; i.e. no shading from fins or overhangs
The effect of shading from the horizon; for e.g. ground, trees, other buildings is not considered by the SBEM calculation engine.
Shading from overhangs and fins
Shading from overhangs and fins depends on the overhang or fin angle, latitude, orientation and local climate. Seasonal shading correction factors for typical climates are given in Tables 10 and 11
Figure 43: Shading from overhangs and fins
For the purposes of this calculation, the angles alpha and beta - indicated by the dashed lines in Figure 43 - are taken between the plane of the window and the overhang or fin shadow at mid window.
Table 10: Partial shading correction for overhang, Fo
Table 11: Partial shading correction for overhang, Ff
Projection Ratio - is the 'developed area to projected area' ratio for the window or rooflight. The developed area is the total area of glass plus the frame, and the projected area is the area of the opening in the wall/roof. For domed or conical rooflights this ratio can be larger than 1. For typical windows and flat rooflights, the ratio would be 1.
This figure cannot be less than 1. The default figure for windows is 1, and for rooflights is 1.3
Frame Factor - is the ratio of the window or rooflight are which is occupied by the frame to the total window or rooflight area. The default value is 0.1 for a window (10% of the total area is frame, 90% is glazing) and 0.3 for a rooflight (30% of the total area is frame, 70% is glazing). This ratio must be between 0 and 1.
At this stage the SBEM calculation engine does not support internal blinds
From iSBEM users guide:
"SBEM currently does not model the re-radiation effects of blinds where solar gain entered the space before it is modulated by the shading device"
For an important note on the PartL calculation, please click here
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