Assembly Details

Review and modify assembly details in Assembly Builder

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Written by Patrick Chopson
Updated over a week ago

The Assembly Details tab allows users to review, customize, and create layers within an assembly. Assembly Details is the third (the right-most) window in the Assembly Builder interface.

Interface Breakdown

  1. Assembly Category and Name:


    You can click the name to edit it or click the icon beside it to change the category.


    Changing the assembly category changes the following:

    • The icon on the assembly card.

    • The type options for the category - Exterior, Interior, or Exposed Ground contact, (these don't impact the energy or assembly properties calculations)

    • The calculation methodology for a few layers such as the effective R-value for floors vs walls for cavity insulation.

    • The assemblies will appear under the changed category on the geometry page for assignment.

  2. Assembly Properties:
    You can edit all the properties of an assembly like Energy code, Description, Climate Zone, and Assembly Type. Note that the "Source" property cannot be edited.

  3. Results:


    The total assembly values - Thickness, Performance, Cost, and Embodied Carbon are calculated based on the product layers in the Layer Editor. To learn about the calculation methodology, click on the question mark icon next to each title.

  4. Layer Editor:


    In the Layer Editor, you can create, copy, delete, and edit any layer of the assembly:

    • Create:

      Click on +Exterior/Top or +Interior/Bottom in the mini-map of the assembly to add a new layer at the respective position.

    • Copy:

      Select a layer (or multiple layers) by clicking on the Checkbox or clicking on a layer in the mini-map and using the Copy button to create a duplicate.

    • Delete:

      Select a layer (or multiple layers) by clicking on the checkbox or clicking on a layer in the mini-map and using the Delete button to delete. Note that linked layers cannot be deleted separately - to delete them either unlink the layers or delete them together.

    • Move:

      Hold a layer and drag to change the order of the layers.

    • Edit:

      Click on a layer to expand the "Layer Card" and edit the properties. Each card has a set of fields including - Category, Type, Manufacturer, Product Name, and Product Properties like thickness, cost, R-value/U-value, Embodied Carbon, SHGC, etc. which are unique to each layer.


      The layer card is organized in a tree structure; selecting a category will display the product types within that category. You can calculate the R-value based on layer thickness or as a total value (either R-value per inch or Total R-value).

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