Cool Shades

Ruskin's NEW Parametric Sun Control Revit® Add-In

Adding sunshades to your Revit® model is easy with Ruskin's Cool Shades design tool! Our industry’s best sunshade Add-In lets you feel the power of creating a family from scratch in just a few minutes. After sunshades are incorporated in the building design, Revit’s energy simulator can calculate energy savings based upon real shading, windows and geographical locations. So whether it’s lessening the effect of solar heat gain or putting your distinctive style on the building, adding sunshades to your project is very Cool!

For Revit® Architecture 2012 - 32bit/64bit



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System Requirements

Intro Video

Configuration Definitions

Linear
straight row
Outside corner
a single mitered corner section that can be modified in width once placed on the building, to be located on an outside corner.
Inside Corner
a single mitered corner section that can be modified in width once placed on the building, to be located in an inside corner.

The outside to outside width of the single section – the tool will alert you if your blade type cannot span what is required.

The dimension from the wall to the front of the sun shade – the tool will alert you if your cantilever is not possible given the parameters.

Takes into account wind load, snow load, live load, and ice load. Default is 30 psf.

The dimension from the top of the outrigger to the bottom of the outrigger in inches.

Flat Bar
aluminum plate outrigger
Interior Channel
extruded aluminum channel with the web facing toward the blades
Exterior Channel
extruded aluminum channel with the web facing away from the blades
Rectangular Tube
extruded aluminum rectangular tube
Airfoil
football-shaped extruded aluminum blade
Flat
aluminum flat bar blade
Louver
extruded aluminum louver blade
Rectangular Tube
extruded aluminum rectangular tube
Round Tube
extruded aluminum round tube

Size (in inches) from the front of the blade to the back

Number of blades, evenly spaced through the Sun Shade Cantilever, B Dimension.

Angle of the blade, can range from 0 to 90 degrees

Aluminum extrusion at the end of the outrigger located farthest from the wall. This piece is not required unless intermediate outriggers occur. Blade choice and width may dictate that.

Aluminum extrusion at the end of the outrigger located closest to the wall. This piece is not required unless intermediate outriggers occur. Blade choice and width may dictate that.

Outriggers that do not require a wall connection. They provide extra support to the blades where a connection to the wall does not occur. They do show as a perpendicular line to your blade, and require a front and rear fascia to function. If your blade style and width come up with an error that Intermediate Support is required, you might be able to change your blade style to a stronger option, or add an Intermediate Support. Once you add an Intermediate support, a front and rear fascia is required.

Use this to check if your outrigger type is sufficient for the load. If single section, leave as "1".

System Requirements

Autodesk Revit® version:
  • Autodesk Revit Architecture 2012 all language versions (32-/ 64-bit)
  • NOTE: Autodesk Revit Architecture 2013 is not currently supported, but will be available soon
Operating systems:
  • Windows® 7 (32-/64-bit)
  • Windows® Vista (32-/64-bit)
  • Windows® Server 2008 (32-/64-bit)
  • Windows® Server 2008 R2
  • Windows® XP 32-bit > SP3
  • Windows® XP 64-bit > SP2
Hard disk:
  • Approximately 250 MB of free disk space