The National Building Regulations require specific design attention to be focused on the structural integrity and energy-efficiency of fenestration products. Wispeco Aluminium has therefore designed a highly sophisticated and user-friendly software package named U-Solve, aimed at assisting the South African market in this regard.

 

The National Building Regulations require specific design attention to be focused on the structural integrity and energy-efficiency of fenestration products. Wispeco Aluminium has therefore designed a highly sophisticated and user-friendly software package named U-Solve, aimed at assisting the South African market in this regard.                                                                                      

U-Solve is the only programme available in South Africa that will calculate certified whole-window U-values and Solar Heat Gain Coeffient (SHGC) values based on Wispeco’s range of aluminium extrusions. U-Solve is endorsed by the South African Fenestration and Insulation Energy Rating Association (SAFIERA) and the results are verified by formal SAFIERA test certificates issued against actual “hot-box” testing.

The U-Solve software allows the user to design aluminium windows, doors and shop-fronts by specifying both the configuration and the dimensions of the design. U-Solve then calculates the certified U-value and SHGC values of that design – no approximations are used.

There is a wide range of glass types available on U-Solve, all backed by official International Glass Database (IGDB) numbers.  The programme includes glass codes for selected Glass Industries (PFG) and McCoys glass products, as well as a range of generic glass codes.  The U-values and SHGC values calculated are not the centre of glass (COG) values, but rather the whole-window values, which take both the aluminium frame and edge-of-glass effects into consideration.

U-Solve also performs the full SANS 204 calculation for the fenestration element of the building. The actual U-values and SHGC values determined during the design process are used to perform the SANS 204 analysis. The programme includes built-in solar exposure factors which correspond to the specific climate zones of South Africa. The user can also specify individual shading ratios (P/H ratios) for each window, door or shop-front.

U-Solve allows the user to easily change the frame and glass type to evaluate the effect on the overall thermal performance. In this way it becomes simple to determine the minimum requirements compliance with SANS 204.

There are several reports available in U-Solve, which can be submitted in conjunction with plans to municipalities and local authorities for approval.
U-Solve is available free of charge from the U-Solve website
www.u-solve.co.za.

To take advantage of this offer, simply visit the U-Solve website and select the option “Download your free copy of U-Solve”. 
Wispeco Aluminium has a committed support team to assist with any queries and additional support or assistance with regard to the U-Solve programme.

Contact Details:   
U-Solve support:
071 676 1085
support@u-solve.co.za
Marketing: 011 389 0053
marketing@wispeco.co.za
www.wispeco.co.za