I am looking for suggestions for doing the following analyses:
- exiting and occupant loading (building code)
- unprotected opening (building code)
- daylighting (LEED)
- solar (exterior spaces) - reflectance, intensity
- rain - for roof drainage and site sheet-flow
I don't expect to find an all-in-one or a one-stop shop for these - hopefully some direction on software that will work with our Revit models and assist us in addressing these analyses.
Thank you, in advance for any constructive sugestions that might reduce the more-manual approach we are currently employing.
While I don't have an answer for all of these, since we don't do most of them, I'll try and point you in the right direction. I'm not going to give an exhaustive explanation, since each item could be an entire thread unto itself. Anyway, here goes:
- Exiting and occupant load - for this, we have a room schedule that reads schedule keys (for by-use loads) and the room area, then calculates the occupant load, egress requirements, and minimum plumbing fixture counts. It's a beast to build the first time, but once you get it made, it's a huge time-saver.
- Unprotected opening - not sure what you're looking for here, whether an opening is required to be protected, or a schedule of the ratings of protected openings, something else...?
- Daylighting - if you have 3DS Max (2013), then you can live-link your Revit model and perform lighting analysis there (2012 and prior versions require an export to .fbx first).
- Solar - you can do this natively in Revit (sun study), or export/live-link in 3DS Max or Vasari and do it there.
- Wind - Vasari has a wind rose and, I believe, particle analysis
- Rain - no idea really, except that you could probably treat the rain as a particle system in Vasari
Hope that helps, and feel free to correct me if I've made a mistake.