Getting Started

 

Speckel has a host of great features, but it’s apps are the fun bits. They allow you to understand National Construction Code 2019 requirements while learning and specifying new products. All our apps are for all skill levels and professions, and here is the proof. Below you will find some easy to follow tutorial videos.

Create a Project

 

At the core of Speckel are Projects. This is where all your ideas are collated together. Where you can share or gather idea specifications

Step 1 – Starting a Project is super simple and will take only 60 seconds. Access Projects either on the main workspace of your Dashboard or on the navigation panel on the left.

Step 2 – Adding Project details enables Speckel to source its NCC assumptions, so you don’t have to. Add your Title, Subtitle and select your Team, and click Next. If you haven’t created a Team yet, create one now.

Step 3 – Selecting your Climate and Building is next, where the Climate Zone and Building Class of your project is identified.

Step 4 – Finally, a simple check that you are happy with your inputs. If not, simply go backward by clicking on the icons above each section. When your ready, click Create.

Wall Systems

 

Specifying Wall Systems for the National Construction Code has never been easier.The steps below will allow you to create systems that meet J 1.5 – Total System R-value for walls (AS/NZS 4859.2:2018) requirements, including thermal bridging (NZS 4214:2006).

Step 1 – After you have added a Project, its time to build a Wall. Designing a wall system is super easy!

Step 2 – First select a template in a new design ..or load a previous design. Don’t worry, the template can be adjusted, so pick something similar to your design and you can update the details later.

Step 3 – Adjusting a template could not be easier. Simply navigate the material layers and select products from our database. You can tweak your design as you go, adding ventilation into your wall cavities or changing the structural component of your wall.

Step 4 – Once you are happy with your design, add it to a predefined Project and you will see additional features, including the ability to download a Performance Solution report. Now share it with your team or look for a pay rise….you are in control!

Wall Systems – Thermal Bridging

 

Understanding Thermal Bridging within Wall Systems for the National Construction Code has never been easier. The steps below will allow you to create systems that meet J 1.5 – Total System R-value for walls (AS/NZS 4859.2:2018) requirements, including thermal bridging (NZS 4214:2006).

Step 1 – Let’s first reuse the Wall System we created in the video above.

Step 2 – Adjusting a Walls thermal bridging elements could not be easier. Simply navigate the material layers and select the insulation layer. Here you will find access to additional features that enable you to change the properties of your wall in line with NZS 4214:2006.

Step 3 – You can adjust the primary material from timber to steel and the area occupied by the thermal bridging element to assess design options. When your happy, simply click Detailed Report and download your Performance Solution.

Wall Systems – Interstitial Condensation

While the management of moisture in the building envelope is certainly not a new topic, the recent introduction of Condensation Management within NCC 2019 Vol 1 (Commercial) and Vol 2 (Residential) is finally starting to push a greater consideration of durability and mould growth. With this useful analytic, you can now undertake ISO 13788:2012 interstitial condensation calcs on the fly!

Step 1 – Jump onto any previously built Wall Systems.

Step 2 – Adjusting a wall moisture control could not be easier. Simply navigate the material layers and select a generic control membrane or a product from the database.

Step 3 – You can see the results stated on the right-hand side. While ISO 13788:2012 is an Industry methodology, it is a simplified procedure, based on average monthly temperatures, vapour pressure and steady-state conduction of heat to determine if critical condensation points are reached within one year. Therefore, more detailed analysis will often be required outside the scope of Speckel.

Glazing Systems

 

Specifying Wall Systems for the National Construction Code has never been easier.The steps below will allow you to create systems that meet J1.5 – Total System U-value and solar admittance for glazing and spandrels (ISO 15099).

Step 1 – After you have added a Project, its time to build a Glazing System. You will be done in 2 minutes flat!

Step 2 – First select a template in a new design or load a previous design. Don’t worry, the template can be adjusted, so pick something similar to your design and you can update the details later.

Step 3 – Adjusting a template could not be easier. Simply navigate the material layers and select products from our database. You can tweak your design as you go,updating your glazing areas so they represent your design.

Step 4 – Once you are happy with your design, add it to a predefined Project and you will see additional features, including the ability to download a Performance Solution report. Now share it with your team….you are rock!

Glazing Systems – Concept Feature

 

After running through the video above, your next step is to discover one of our awesome interactive Concept Features. This video illustrates how to add a generic wall and a shading device against various glazing ratios to create systems that meet J1.5a – Calculation of U-value and solar admittance.

Step 1 – First retrieve your Glazing System from your Project. Jump back to the last video if this doesn’t make sense.

Step 2 – Next, we are going to toggle to Concept to switch from a Glazing System to a Wall-Glazing performance result. Here, we are simply allowing for a wall area to be included, showing the combined performance of both Glazing Systems and Walls.

Step 3 – Time to play. Now you can tweak your design as you go, updating your glazing, wall areas and performance or even adding on horizontal shading. Keep going until you get the all clear, you have tick’s all round and on all orientations.

Step 4 – Once you are happy with your design, you can download a report and share it with your design team.