What are 'Linked Building Sets'?
inking two distinct building sets together allows greater flexibility in modeling complex building geometries or uses. Linked buildings are designed to model two buildings that share a common wall or are stacked on top of one another. Specifying that the buildings are linked directs FEDS to automatically (based on the geometry information for each building) determine the wall area (or roof/ceiling area) that is shared, and thus not exposed to exterior conditions. It essentially calculates the portion of each buildings shell that is an adiabatic surface (i.e., does not experience conductive heat transfer) and does not receive solar gains. It uses this information in load calculations to appropriately account for the impact of the buildings being connected. There are some rules, however, that must be satisfied in order to link building sets. First, both sets must contain the same number of buildings so that a direct one-to-one linking is achieved. Second, both sets must have the solar normalization turned off (calculate solar gains by facing direction). Also, FEDS currently does not model cantilevered buildings so for top/bottom linking, the N/S and E/W lengths of the top building must not be greater than the corresponding lengths of the bottom building.