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 BuildersCAD Materials Application

Ed Gilmore of BCAD Services focuses on an unconventional use of the Materials Application — Heating and cooling load calculations and to takeoff an HVAC system for a house.

Warm up to the Materials Application in BuildersCAD
The BuildersCAD Materials Application recognizes “intelligent” components in the BuildersCAD model including: walls, wall surfaces, openings, floor surfaces, floor edges, roof surfaces, roof edges, “intelligent” RIs, and user-defined lines. This class focuses on an unconventional use of the Materials Application.

When you hear the name “Materials Application” you naturally think of materials. But with BuildersCAD, you are not limited to materials takeoffs when you consider the potential uses for the application.

You can assign intelligence to any recognizable model component.

In this class we will review the Materials Application setup to generate heating and cooling load calculations. We will also use the Materials Application to takeoff the HVAC system in a house.

Heating and Cooling Load Calculations:
To do heating and cooling load calculations we will assign heat loss/gain values to:
  • Wall surfaces (based on orientation)
  • Windows (based on orientation)
  • Doors (based on orientation)
  • Roof Planes (based on orientation)

  • HVAC System Takeoff:
    To generate a HVAC system takeoff we will assign values to:
  • Parts (.”intelligent” RIs)
  • User-defined lines

  • Download Materials PDF