Pollination Glazing Materials Problem with U factor

@mingbo, @chriswmackey -

There appears to be a bug in Rhino plugin where the U-factor does not change between metric and imperial units.

  1. Snips that describe issue are below. Should value listed in name of material represent the U factor or U value? As you can see the value called out in name does not match listed U value or U factor. It looks like the metric value is carried over to the IP side.
  2. If I want to create glazing with target U factor, should I override U factor value with target IP value, for example, U=1.2? Or should I enter the metric equivalent until bug is corrected?
  3. Would it be possible to expose the interior and exterior film coefficients and maybe COG vs frame performance that are being used to calculate the Ufactor? That would provide transparency.



An example from IES, they call U factor (inclusive of film coefficients) the “net U value”. I’d expect in Pollination the glazing assembly U factor should match the value called out in the name. In snip below this is “U=0.5”.

Hi @victorbrac,

I fixed the unit conversion issue between IP and SI.
Meanwhile, I am also improving all UIs to provide description of each inputs:

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Cool! perhaps, add film coefficient assumptions? so U value >> U factor conversion is transparent?

Did this version get pushed to public?

@chriswmackey might be a better person to answer this, but right now we use the same value for air film of all materials.

A new version should be ready in a couple of hours.

Hey @victorbrac and @mingbo ,

If the Rhino plugin is using the LBT core libraries to get the U-factor of the Window Constructions then this statement isn’t totally correct:

If you see here in the docs of the core libraries you’ll see that both the inside and outside film coefficients come from ISO 10292:


The exterior coefficient is a constant 23 W/m2-K, which comes from an assumption of an outdoor wind speed around 6.7 m/s. However, the interior coefficient is a function of the inside emissivity of the construction, following this formula here:

If we want to just put a note in the Rhino plugin that the R/U Values/Factors follow the ISO 10292 standard as well as NFRC 100-2010, I’d be fine with that.

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Thanks for explanation Chris. Could the actual calculated film coefficients be listed as well? Similar to snip above I included from IES.

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Hey @victorbrac ,

I just wanted to say that showing the film coefficient resistance is a really good idea for an App that I have in mind that would enable you to test out individual window constructions under various different conditions and would look a lot like the IES window there. But this might be a little overkill for the table of all the different materials or constructions, which already has a lot of information in it and is really meant for a high-level comparison. Maybe we’ll put this into the plugin eventually.