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Autodesk Insight for Revit – The Basics

The latest Revit in 10 tutorial for beginners, from the digital transformation team at Pentagon Solutions, on using Insight with conceptual masses in Revit 2022. Insight is a powerful design tool that can be quickly used to optimize the energy efficiency of concepts. It does this by offering really intuitive dynamic recommendations that look at things such as solar gain, the orientation of the building, and the fabric of the building. Also, examining the systems that are being used in the building gives really invaluable information to the designer in terms of potential running costs and the energy utilization that the building would use in operation.

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Hi guys, it’s Jack here from the digital transformation team at Pentagon Solutions. I’ve just created a short 10 minute video on using insight with conceptual masses in Revit 2022 and insight is a powerful design tool that can be quickly used to optimize the energy efficiency of concepts.

And it does this through offering really intuitive. Dynamic recommendations that look at things such as solar gain, the orientation of the building on the side, and. the fabric of the building potentially what it’s made from. And again, going in and looking at the systems that are being used in the building and gives

Us really invaluable information to the designer in terms of potential running costs and the energy utilization that the building would use in operation. So I’m just quickly going to create a mass here maybe. Have a bit of a concept that you’ve seen on the last page there, and So what I want to

Do is I’m going to go into massing and site and we’re going to select this tool here on the conceptual mass window, and it’s called NPL mass. And we’ll give it a name. I’m going to call it energy model. So the next thing? I want to do is draw the.

Draw mass itself so. I’ll just slack the draw line till. And I’ll give it a size, and then maybe 7 meters. By 12 meters. And then again I’ll just finish that. So the next thing I’m going to do here is I’m going to go to the modify tool and just select that.

I’m going to select my mass outline and I’m going to go create form. And then I’m going to. Go finish mass. So I want to view my mass in terms of the height of it, and so I’ll go into my elevations. Here in my project browser.

And I’ll just go in the east elevation and you’ll see if we select the mass, it shows us the height of it and I’m just. Going to go mass floors. And left click on that. And I want to check Level 0 and level one and OK.

So the next thing I want to go into here is the analyze tab. So if we select that and you’ll see that if we go over to energy optimization. And in the energy optimization window, we’ve got a few tools here, so I want to put in the location.

And this is really important because it pulls a lot of information from local weather stations and. The height of the site where it’s located and this will affect things such as the PV potential as well. So I’m going to just go in and stick in Belfast here just to be rough.

Keep it local and you can see that it’s automatically put our loop site. Location in the. Center of Belfast. I’m just going to move this up to cultural or around cultural. I will, so I’ve moved that. I’ve moved that location and you can see here that we can slack the whatever station as

Well. This for every station here near Dundonald would probably be the closest one, so I’m just going to select that and I’m going to go OK. So now I’ve done this like site location. What I want to do is create an energy model.

But before I do that, I’m going to go into system analysis. And you’ll see that we settings here is very important and this will tell us a lot about the building and its uses. So I’m just going to go into advanced edit and target percentage glazing. I’m not too worried about that.

This might be useful if you’re creating a tall building that’s a hotel. Not too worried about that either, uhm? I’m happy enough with that. The type of building. It’s not an office. We’re going to change that to. I’ll change that to high. So if I type in each year.

It doesn’t appear to be picking that up. On something that’s quite domestic. Single family and building operations schedule. It’s probably going to be 24/7. Uhm, HVAC system central. Again you can go in and there’s lots of different options here, and I’m probably going to keep it quite simple.

There’s with a heat pump and. Again, you might want to look these up to see what they are outdoor, our information and we can go in and we can answer this information here leaders person, but again, you’ll find

If we we just leave that the defaults will be set up for the type of building that’s going to be and you might find that a gem. There’s more our changes. Some say a heist because people require more energy. And and I’m just going to go conceptual types.

Yeah, I’m happy enough with that and I’ll just go OK and OK, you can play about more about yourselves and. And I’m just going to go console. So the next thing I want to do. Here is I’ve created. An energy model. And I just go up to my analyze tab.

What I want to do is. I’ve got an energy. Model I’m going to go in to generate. Use existing energy analytical model. Yeah, do you want to go OK? And this will be working away in the background, so I’m just going to go into optimize and

This is where we really get the easy insight till. So there’s a new project. It’s it’s still in analysis or it’s in progress at the moment, so that might take a few minutes depending on when you do it. It might take 10 minutes.

It might take 20 minutes and but you can come back to it at any time. Hey guys, so my inside projects loaded here so I’m just going to click into it. And you’ll see that it gives us a reading. There’s a little badge. Here, and it’s a little cost. 120

2 ES dollars per meter squared. And roughly per year to run this building in terms of energy. Costs and if I click on that there just left click. On it that. Will give me an indication in kilowatt. Hours from major squares last for the year. Here of how many kilowatts are ours?

Be needed, which is quite a lot so. What we’re going? To do here is we’re going to try and optimize the energy performance of this mass. So if we go in and go into building orientation. If we change that. Is there any real gains? There’s no real gain achieved.

And so we’ll just go to the way it is at the moment. Happy enough with that and. If we go into. This is the percentage of glazing on on the side facing wall and if I change this lower

We go, the better the energy rating and this ’cause heat, heat gain and heat loss is reduced. So what we’re going to do here is. We probably have it. At 50% glazing, and that reduces the energy cost. But if we keep going, this is the overhangs solar shading.

And on the surface inside will give big out overhangs. There we just solar gain. Cuz again if we go in here and change the window types to triple glazing, that brings our energy costs down and again we can apply this to the. North Walls as well. So I’ll just go.

I don’t want anything in. The north walls. And so I don’t need to worry about no overhangs, ’cause there isn’t anything there. If I go to my last walls. I might want. To have a wee bit of glazing there so 15.

Percent, and we can then go in and change the type of windows as well. And you might find that it’s absolutely negligible having single glazing here and instead of triple glazing and or having a certain type of shading so.

This is actually a good way of maybe justifying not having a certain element in your building up. Well, construction method. We’re looking at the fabric of the building and maybe go for something that’s super insulated.

We can look these up and see what sort of high their made up and the our values and stuff there and create something that’s sort of similar. But last Americanized and we can go in here. If construction, you can see that the ref is really per day insulators and if we go

To an R60 roof. And they were reducing their costs. There per square meter. As well, as infiltration. Probably this is regards to air flow has a really big effect on things so we can go in. And change that as well. And you’ll see these V triangles are sort of. The middle ground.

On things and we can go that. We step forever. Lighting efficiency. If we put in more efficient lighting and that’ll help. That has a big saving and another thing that has a big saving is the HVAC system. We can go in and there’s with heat pump makes a huge ceiling and.

Operating schedule if the building is not 24/7 but 12 seven again change savings and then we can go in and at the end we can then see that it’s not 170 yet at kW meter squared. And if I change that, that’s 42 point $2.00. Per meter squared.

So if I know the meter squared and go back the design here, just go in level 0. 73 * 42 and that will be roughly the yearly operation costs of running this building, so I’m I’m just going to calculator. I’m going to do 42 * 73.

So we’re talking $2346 and then I would just put it in the exchange rate there roughly to give you an indication of how much it would be in sterling. And you can do it so it displays in Sterling, but it’s generally. And more hassle.

I hope you guys have enjoyed this video and if you want to watch some more videos, just follow the link below and again you can also follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter and really good value on how we can optimize the energy efficiency of our buildings.

And I think it’s invaluable to be looking at this really early on in the concept stage. And the development of your designs.


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