FRAMEplus

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The FRAMEplus toolkit has three modules: VISION4 (glazing heat transfer and solar optical properties), FRAME4 (heat transfer through building components), and FRAMEplus (combines VISION and FRAME results and reports total building product performance). FRAMEplus checks all VISION and FRAME input files for consistency, combines the building component cross-sections to compute total product properties, and produces a simulation report. The simulation reports are suitable to show compliance with National Fenestration Rating Council and Canadian Standards Association window and door standards. The FRAMEplus Toolkit is a low cost alternative to testing to determine the U-value and solar heat gain coefficient of walls, windows and doors.

Keywords

windows, fenestration, framing, building components, thermal characteristics, optical characteristics

Validation/Testing

N/A

Expertise Required

Understanding of heat transfer and computer proficiency.

Users

Thousands of users in over 22 countries.

Audience

Building engineers and architects; heat transfer researchers; building component manufacturers; analysts determining building component ratings for National Fenestration Research Council (NFRC) and Canadian Standards Association (CSA) compliance.

Input

User selects FRAME and VISION (or WINDOW) files that make up total building assembly or product. The user can vary product height, width, and number of divider (windows) or studs (walls).

Output

FRAMEplus combines the data files to calculate U-value and SHGC for windows and doors, and U-value and percent framing for walls. For Canadian users, FRAMEplus generates Energy Rating (ER) values for windows and doors in accordance with CSA A440.2 and A453. Detailed simulation reports summarize input data, files used, product performance parameters. These reports are suitable for submission to code officials or to show compliance with NFRC or CSA window and door standards.

Computer Platform

PC-compatible 386 or higher, running in DOS or Windows 95.

Programming Language

C

Strengths

FRAMEplus toolkit is an integrated package that can be used to determine total performance characteristics of building components.

Weaknesses

See VISION4 and FRAME4.

Contact

Company:

Address:

650 Riverbend Drive
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada

Telephone:

(519) 743-8777

Facsimile:

(519) 743-8778

E-mail:

frame@enermodal.com

Website:

http://www.enermodal.com

Availability

The Toolkit sells for $295. US ($350. CDN).