I am trying to simulate comfort condition in a public plaza in between two buildings. The plaza is covered by a big canopy made of transluscent panel (a.k.a. kalwall). I am running both CFD and EnergyPlus simulations to calculate the comfort condititon in the plaza. I think I got the CFD part covered, but I still have questions on how to treat the plaza. I presume that the plaza needs to be a thermal zone in EnergyPlus.
Any thoughts on how to model the transluscent panel for the canopy? My thought is to get a glass property close enough to the kalwall, and then set the “transluscent” field to yes.
How to model the entrances to the plaza? In reality, the entrances are open, but for EnergyPlus this has to be closed. Any thoughts on how to model this?