So we've spent a lot of time talking about the enhancements to volume Elements (Spaces and Rooms) in Revit 2009. I hope you all enjoyed it and understand some of the new arrows that have been added to your Revit quiver. Today we are going to talk about yet another new Revit Element that involves Volumes.
Individual volumes in Revit are a handy thing, no doubt. When it comes to doing Heating and Cooling Load calculations, they are vital to understanding the peak loads, and more importantly airflow requirements. When it comes to determining the loads required for a piece of equipment, individual volumes aren't much help.
Why you ask? A piece of equipment can serve a Zone of a building that contains individual volumes that have different exterior exposures, or different internal load scheduling. This means that the individual annual peak loads occur at different times. Simply adding up the peak loads for the individual volumes just won't do the trick. Enter the Zone Element.
Anybody involved with MEP design already knows about Zoning, and the importance of Zoning schemas for carrying out design tasks. I hope the above video helps to explain the justification for the creation of the Zone Element. We'll go into detail on the creation of Zones in subsequent videos.
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