The default U-values for the floor are referred from:
- ASHRAE table 5.5 when respective ASHRAE code version (2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, and 2019) is selected.
- NYCECC table C402 when the respective code version (2016,2020) is selected.
- Table 3-11 when respective California Title 24 code version (2016, 2019) is selected.
- Division B-Part 3 when the respective NECB code version (2011, 2015) is selected.
- Table C402.1.4 from the Washington State Energy Code when one selects the Washington State Amendments (2015) or Seattle Amendments (2015)
- Part J1 Table J1.6 from NCC 2019 when the respective code version is selected
- Table 3 Limiting fabric parameters from UK NCM when the respective code is selected
Since there are different types of material assemblies for floor, cove.tool makes that assumption for users based on Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) building prototypes. The app auto-populates the U-value based on the building type and location.
For example, if your project (Apartment) is in Atlanta, GA (ASHRAE Climate Zone 3A) and the energy code selected is ASHRAE 90.1 2013, the auto-populated value can be seen highlighted in the image attached below
For the conversion from F factor to its closest U-value, we relied on this Technical report from the US Department of Energy - https://www.osti.gov/biblio/1488936
Ground Floor U value: It is the measure of the overall rate of heat transfer, through the ground floor of your construction. In other words, a U-value is used to measure how well or how badly a component transmits heat from the inside to the outside. The slower or more difficult it is for heat to transfer through the component, the lower the U-value.
Ground Floor Area: It is the Total area of the floor that is in contact with the ground