I was wondering if HB add shade components should be done using a planar surface without any thickness (where the thickness use construction material thickness, not from the geometry) or can I add thickness to the shading geometry?
It is for energy analysis (not radiance).
Some people said that I should only use a surface without thickness. But I thought energyplus and radiance allows a shading with whatever geometry we want with any thickness go the geometry?
If I am using only a surface without thickness (in 3d view) for a shading, it is a bit hard to see the result (since visually, different material thickness have the same planar surface).
As I know, HB shade only can set the annual transparency schedule, not set construction or materials. So if the thickness is less than 0.1m, you can use zero thickness HB shade.Meanwhite it can accelerate the simulation speed.
It sounds like there are two separate questions here:
How does Honeybee convert non-planar Breps into planar geometries that can be sent to the simulation engines?
Without getting into too much detail, we generally do this using Rhino’s built-in meshing and curved subdivision methods. If the geometry is planar but with just a curved edge, we translate it to a single planar geometry in the simulation engines (just turning the curved edge into a polygon. Otherwise, if the shape has single or double curvature, we turn it into a bunch of quads or triangles using Rhino’s meshing and each quad/triangle becomes a separate geometry in the engine. More information on the exact RhinoCommon methods used van be found in the ladybug_rhino.planarize module.
Do Shade geometries have thickness in EnergyPlus and should you explicitly plug thickened solid geometries for shades?
No, EnergyPlus Shade geometries do not have any thickness but this usually does not matter because the only thing that Shade does in EnergyPlus is block the sun. If you think that the thickness of the material is going to make a substantial difference on the amount of sun that your building and windows receive, then you can plug in explicitly thickened solid geometries for the shade. But most materials aren’t that thick to the point that this would have a meaningful impact on things like overall building energy use. So the answer is just “use your judgement.”
It might or might not affect the sun significantly compared to the non-thickened one. I am going to test it if it does for my case. But I just want to make sure that the thickened solid geometry can also be done. For example, if you said “thickened solid geometry will mess up the energy plus simulation”, then I would not do that.
You can definitely use the thickened geometry if you want. It’s not going to mess up your simulation results or anything. It will just possibly make your simulation take longer. So you may not want to include it if the thickness isn’t going to impact the sun falling on your windows.