Plugin to identify "Thermal Bridges"

Plugin to identify "Thermal Bridges"

Postby rossthompson » Wed Dec 20, 2017 1:09 pm


It has been a while since I posted, so I'm hoping this is the right section.

I work for a company that uses SketchUp for the thermal analysis of buildings. Regulations now require us to evaluate heat lost through junctions between elements.

For example external corners of a building, or where a window joins a wall. The attached PDF shows some useful diagrams.

The current approach is to make a simple sketchup model of the building, then try to motivate a graduate to measure and record all the lengths associated with these junctions. This can takes hours if not days, a frustrating process as the computer already has the inputs!

So this prompts the question, could this be done automatically with a plugin / algorithm?

My coding experience is limited, but it would be great to get an estimate for the number of person-hours the programming work would take.

If anyone is looking for development work, please get in touch. This plugin would be very valuable to our company and many others.




Re: Plugin to identify "Thermal Bridges"

Postby Pixero » Wed Dec 20, 2017 1:25 pm

Here is a link to some Energy analysis plugins for SketchUp:[0]=im_field_ext_category%3A34
Maybe something there would work for you?
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Re: Plugin to identify "Thermal Bridges"

Postby rossthompson » Wed Dec 20, 2017 4:17 pm

Hi Pixero,
Thanks for getting back to me. I've had a look through and I don't think any of those plugins will be able to do it unfortunately.


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