The PartL calculation utilises a number of methods for considering shading factors.
This information can be entered under the "Misc." page in PartL, on the "Additional surface data" tab.
Once a Window is selected from the Select surface list as above, the Glazing data input becomes active.
The Shading position, Shading Color and Shading Translucency will only become available if the window selected has a glazing type which includes a blind. This will depend on the make up of your glazing construction, in the Materials Manager.
For example a window including blind could be selected as below:
Or alternatively, please ensure to add a layer for the blind as below:
A Transmission Factor can be applied to windows to allow overhangs and fins to be considered. This method is taken from the iSBEM manual. Note that 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
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
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. The effect of shading from the horizon - ground, trees, other buildings - is not considered by the SBEM calculation engine.
Figure 43: Shading from overhangs and fins
For the purpose of this calcualtion, the angles alpha and beta (dashed lines) are taken between the plane of the window and overhand of fin shadow at mid window.
Table 10: Partial shading correction for overhang, Fo
Table 11: Partial shading correction for overhang, Ff
This 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"