# Floor that is situated partly below the grade

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I am modeling a two-storied building. It has one floor that is situated partly below the grade. Upper part of this floor lying above the grade and contains few windows. I have not found how to model this in eQUEST. I have tried to make 2 floors instead of the lower floor: one is below and other is above the earth surface, but then they have a ceiling between them! It is wrong, I think! I do not need this additional ceiling in the model.

Is there anybody who speak Russian here? :)

Sincerely yours,
Mikhail Samoletov

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Read DOE2.2 Volume, you can build that wall separately, some underground -
you can see it in eQuest 3D view, in green color, and some part is upground.
Just cut the wall and input the accurate coordinate in detail mode.

2010/10/21 ????????? ??????

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Hi Mikhail,

It is not a straight-forward process in eQuest but it can be done. If I
were in your shoes however I wouldn't separate these two constructions in
eQuest. I would do some pre-processing of my inputs on my own with a
pencil & calculator. My approach would be to calculate the area-weighted
average for my U-value of the wall based on the following:

(U-value underground const * X% of total wall area) + (U-value above-ground
const * 1-X% of total wall area) = Model Wall U-value for my simplified
input value.

Where you "manipulate" or process your input data outside of eQuest using
sound engineering & mathmatically theory you can simplify your input process
significantly. The challenge & balance to remember is that we have to be
careful not to over-simplify our input assumptions too much if they may skew
our model results in anyway. Just like life, good simulation skills are a
balancing act.

Also, my Father speaks Russian and if you need more detailed assistance with
your energy modeling & eQuest skills I could have him translate for me from

Pasha

2010/10/21 Grammy

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But probably there are any possibility to make "two rows of windows" floors? I mean, to do something look like atrium (one volume on few floors).

Sincerely yours,
Mikhail Samoletov

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Pasha, thanks. I have found "atrium" checkbox.

But, now I have new questions about atrium.
If I have two floors shell (one above and one below grade) and "atrium" checkbox is switched on. Are my floors going to be merged in one volume and so I`ll fix my problem with floor that is situated partly below the grade?

Sincerely yours,
Mikhail Samoletov

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Thank you, Pasha!

I understood)

I wasn`t write right. I already have one shell with two floors (below & above grade). And I did as You written in first way.)

Sincerely yours,
Mikhail Samoletov

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