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Right-Suite Residential

Professional Edition
User's Guide
The industry's first automated HVAC design software
Version 6.0
December 2004
Right-Suite Residential is composed of these Wrightsoft programs:
Right-Draw

Right-Radiant Plus

Right-J

Right-Loop

Right-D

Right-$

Right-HV Duct

Right-Proposal Plus

Right-2 Line Duct

Right-Sales Manager

Wrightsoft Corporation
394 Lowell Street
Lexington, MA USA 02420
781-862-8719
FAX 781-861-2058

www.wrightsoft.com

Right-Suite Residential PE incorporates the ACCA-approved software versions of


ACCA's procedures for residential load calculation and residential duct sizing.

Right-J for Windows


The Windows Version of
Air Conditioning Contractors of Americas
Manual J, Residential Load Calculation
Seventh and Eighth Editions including May 2004 Addenda A, B, C, and D

Air Conditioning Contractors of America

Version 6.0
December 2004

Right-D for Windows


The Windows Version of
Air Conditioning Contractors of Americas
Manual D, Residential Duct Sizing

Air Conditioning Contractors of America

Version 6.0
December 2004

Copyright 1985-2004 Wrightsoft Corporation.


All Rights Reserved.
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However, Wrightsoft Corporation makes no warranties as to the contents of this manual and the
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Wrightsoft Corporation further reserves the right to make changes to the specifications of the program and the contents of the manual without
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trademarks of Wrightsoft Corporation. Manual J and Manual D are trademarks of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. IBM is a trademark
of International Business Machines. Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, XP and MS are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.

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Table of Contents ........................................................................i
Preface

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Install RSR PE .............................................................. 1

System Requirements .................................................................................. 2


Minimum system requirements .......................................................................... 2

What is in Your Package? ............................................................................ 2


License Disk & Disk Copying........................................................................ 2
Demo Mode.................................................................................................. 3
Install RSR PE ............................................................................................. 3
Move RSR PE to Another Computer ............................................................ 4
Uninstall RSR PE ............................................................................................... 4

Expand Your RSR PE Installation ................................................................ 5


Service Packs .............................................................................................. 5
Things to Remember.................................................................................... 5

Key Information You Need to Run RSR PE...................7

Right-Draw vs Worksheets .......................................................................... 8


Right-J & Right-D Calculation Methods........................................................ 8
Symbols & Conventions............................................................................... 8
Users Guide symbols ........................................................................................ 8
RSR PE file names ............................................................................................ 9

RSR & RSR PE File Extensions .................................................................. 9


AutoSave ......................................................................................................... 10
Inputs ............................................................................................................... 10
Hot keys........................................................................................................... 11

Example Files ............................................................................................ 12


Things to Remember ................................................................................. 12

Overview of RSR PE ...................................................13

What is RSR PE? ...................................................................................... 14


Navigator Bar............................................................................................. 15
The Design Process................................................................................... 16
The Design Process Using the Navigator Bar............................................ 16
The Design Process Using the Navigator Bar............................................ 17
The Design Process Without Using the Navigator Bar............................... 18
What Does RSR PE Do? ........................................................................... 20
RSR PE Components ................................................................................ 21

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Screens & Toolbars.................................................................................... 22


Function Selection............................................................................................ 28

Loads ......................................................................................................... 35
Manual J Seventh and Eighth Editions....................................................... 35
How Templates Save Time ........................................................................ 36
Things to Remember.................................................................................. 37

Using the Navigator Bar .............................................. 39

User type selector ...................................................................................... 41


Navigator Bar Buttons ................................................................................ 41
Design .............................................................................................................. 42
Sales ................................................................................................................ 43
Manage Sales .................................................................................................. 44
Setup ................................................................................................................ 45

Wizards ...................................................................................................... 46
Customizations........................................................................................... 46

Step 1 - Describe the Building..................................... 49

What is Right-Draw? .................................................................................. 50


Monitor Screen Resolution & Right-Draw................................................... 50
Key Right-Draw Screen Components......................................................... 51
The HVAC Shapes Toolbox ............................................................................. 51

A One-Room Example ............................................................................... 52

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Example Files for the One-Room Example................................................ 53


Step 1a - Start a New Project From a Template With Preset Values......... 53
Step 1b - Add Rooms, Doors & Windows .................................................. 54
Draw a room .................................................................................................... 55
Move a room.................................................................................................... 55
Resize a room.................................................................................................. 56
Name a room ................................................................................................... 56

Right-Draw & the Right-J Worksheet ......................................................... 57


Add doors......................................................................................................... 58
Add windows.................................................................................................... 58
Property Sheets ............................................................................................... 59

Step 1c - Add Vaulted Ceilings & Special Floors (if needed) ..................... 60
Internal gains ................................................................................................... 61

A Room-by-Room Example ....................................................................... 64


Example Files for the Room-by-Room Example ........................................ 66
Step 1a - Start a New Project .................................................................... 66
Run the project wizard ..................................................................................... 66
Verify/set project information ........................................................................... 67

Step 1b - Add Rooms, Doors & Windows .................................................. 71


Change the scale ............................................................................................. 71
Change the orientation..................................................................................... 72
Add rooms........................................................................................................ 73
Add doors......................................................................................................... 76
Add windows.................................................................................................... 77

Step 1c - Add Vaulted Ceilings & Special Floors (if needed) ..................... 80
Step 1d - Repeat Steps 1b & 1c for Each Level......................................... 80
Sheets & Layers............................................................................................... 80
Add rooms to the second story ........................................................................ 81
Add windows.................................................................................................... 82
Basement walls................................................................................................ 83

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Ceilings & Floors .............................................................................................. 87


Internal gains.................................................................................................... 87
Ventilation......................................................................................................... 88

Things to Remember.................................................................................. 89

Step 2 - Select the Equipment .................................... 91

How Does Multi-Zoning Work?................................................................... 92


How Are Multiple Systems Handled? ......................................................... 92
Step 2a - Assign Zoning ............................................................................. 93
Screens Linked to Zones............................................................................ 95
Infiltration & zones............................................................................................ 96
How do I decide which rooms to group together in a zone? ............................ 96

Step 2b - Assign Distribution Systems ....................................................... 96


HVAC equipment & zones................................................................................ 96

Step 2c - Geothermal Loop ........................................................................ 97


Step 2d - Evaluate Equipment System Options.......................................... 97
Step 2e - Select the Final Equipment System ............................................ 97
Things to Remember................................................................................ 100

Step 3 - Design the Distribution ................................ 101


Design the distribution.................................................................................... 102

Step 3a - Air Distribution via Ducts........................................................... 102


Equipment AVF .............................................................................................. 103

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Available fan static pressure .......................................................................... 104


Add & move air outlets................................................................................... 104
Choose the duct layout .................................................................................. 106
Viewing the duct details ................................................................................. 108
Fittings ........................................................................................................... 109
Risers............................................................................................................. 110
No air outlet rooms......................................................................................... 110

Step 3b - Distribution With Radiant Panels .............................................. 110


Add a radiant panel........................................................................................ 110

Step 3c - Baseboards .............................................................................. 113


Things to Remember ............................................................................... 114

Step 4 - Document the Project...................................115

Step 4a - Complete the Job Quotation..................................................... 116


Step 4b - Save the Project ....................................................................... 116
Step 4c - Generate Reports ..................................................................... 116
Print standard reports .................................................................................... 116
Print your drawing.......................................................................................... 117
Custom reports .............................................................................................. 117

Things to Remember ............................................................................... 117

Advanced Building Description ..................................119

Drawing Property Sheet........................................................................... 120

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Right-Draw Toolbar .................................................................................. 122


Toggle Buttons ......................................................................................... 122
Show/Hide Zone............................................................................................. 122
Catalog ........................................................................................................... 122
Toggle Sheet Tree.......................................................................................... 124
Toggle Grid..................................................................................................... 124
View Snap Points ........................................................................................... 124
Toggle Ruler................................................................................................... 124

Edit Points Button..................................................................................... 124


Edit & Manage Drawing Objects............................................................... 124
Group objects................................................................................................. 125
Ungroup objects ............................................................................................. 125
Regroup objects ............................................................................................. 125
Align objects ................................................................................................... 125
Center objects ................................................................................................ 125
Space objects................................................................................................. 126
Size objects .................................................................................................... 126
Arrange objects .............................................................................................. 126

Undo & Redo Buttons............................................................................... 126


Notation Buttons....................................................................................... 126
Notation layer drawing objects ....................................................................... 127

Sheets and Layers ................................................................................... 129


Adding sheets and layers ............................................................................... 129
Editing an existing Sheet or Layer.................................................................. 129
Deleting an existing Sheet or Layer ............................................................... 129
Lock layer ....................................................................................................... 130
AutoCAD layer................................................................................................ 130
Rotate objects ................................................................................................ 131

Drawing Controls...................................................................................... 133


Automatic focus shift ...................................................................................... 133

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Multiselect for grouped objects ...................................................................... 133


Repeat last selection...................................................................................... 133
Duplicate building components ...................................................................... 133
Change the drawing scale ............................................................................. 134
Change the grid settings................................................................................ 134
Two-line walls ................................................................................................ 135

Drawing Tips & Tricks .............................................................................. 136


Non-rectangular rooms .................................................................................. 136

Doors ....................................................................................................... 138


New door types.............................................................................................. 138
Wall openings ................................................................................................ 138

Ducts........................................................................................................ 138
Duct symbols & fittings................................................................................... 138
Change shape & size of air outlets ................................................................ 139
Change duct notations................................................................................... 139
Risers for supply & return .............................................................................. 139
Stud wall returns with autosizing.................................................................... 140
Overlapping & intersecting ducts ................................................................... 140
Using color to identify duct errors .................................................................. 141
Color status indicators ................................................................................... 141
Rooms with no air outlets............................................................................... 142
Tips for working with ducts............................................................................. 143

Things to Remember ............................................................................... 143

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Flex Duct System Using Right-Draw ...............145

Example Files for This Chapter................................................................ 146

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Summary of Steps.................................................................................... 146


Step 1 - Enter the Building Description..................................................... 146
Step 2 - Enter Equipment AVF & Static Pressure..................................... 146
Step 3 - Select the Flex Duct Material ...................................................... 148
Step 4 - Position the Air Outlets ............................................................... 149
Step 5 - Select the Duct System Layout................................................... 150
Step 6 - Adjust the Flex Duct Routing ...................................................... 151
Things to Remember................................................................................ 152

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Multiple Level Building With All Trunks on One


Level ............................................................... 153

Example Files for This Chapter ................................................................ 154


Summary of Steps.................................................................................... 154
Step 1 - Enter the Building Description..................................................... 154
Step 2 - Enter Equipment AVF & Static Pressure Information.................. 155
Step 3 - Relocate the Air Outlets.............................................................. 155
Step 4 - Select a One Level Trunk Duct System Layout .......................... 156
Step 5 - Relocate the Risers .................................................................... 157
Things to Remember................................................................................ 159

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Two-line Drawings....................................... 161

What is the Two-Line Duct Module?......................................................... 162

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Example Files for This Chapter................................................................ 162


Multiple Drawing Modes........................................................................... 162
Tips for using two-line ducts .................................................................... 164
How Do You Change the Color of Ducts? ..................................................... 164
How Do You Change Register Sizes? ........................................................... 165
How Do You Change Duct Fittings? .............................................................. 165
How Do You Specify Offsets in 2 Line Ducts?............................................... 165

Things to Remember ............................................................................... 166

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Multizone Houses............................................167

Example Files for This Chapter................................................................ 168


Summary of Steps ................................................................................... 168
Multizone Houses .................................................................................... 168
What is a room?............................................................................................. 168
What is a zone? ............................................................................................. 168

Select Zones & Rooms in the Right-J Worksheet .................................... 169


Balance Loads Among Zones.................................................................. 169
Diversity for Multizone Projects................................................................ 169
What is diversity?........................................................................................... 170

Multizone House Example ....................................................................... 170


Example house description............................................................................ 171
Single zone starting point............................................................................... 171
Central VAV system....................................................................................... 172
Equipment in the zones ................................................................................. 172

Things to Remember ............................................................................... 172

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Design a Geothermal Loop System................ 175

Example Files for This Chapter ................................................................ 176


Summary of Steps.................................................................................... 176
Example Loop Design .............................................................................. 176
Step 1 - Select the Bin Data & Earth Temperature Cities......................... 177
Step 2 - Select the Equipment.................................................................. 177
Step 3 - Select the Loop/Equipment Configuration................................... 179
Step 4 - Select the Loop Characteristics .................................................. 180
Loop Details Screen ....................................................................................... 182

Step 5 - Select the Circulating Pump........................................................ 183


Pump Details Screen...................................................................................... 185

Save Your Project .................................................................................... 185


Things to Remember................................................................................ 185

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Design Radiant Heating & Snow Melting


Systems .......................................................... 187

Example Files for This Chapter ................................................................ 188


What Does Right-Radiant Plus Do? ......................................................... 188
Summary of Steps for a Radiant Heating Design ..................................... 188
Before We Begin ...................................................................................... 189
Step 1 - Enter the Project Data, Building Description & Load Calculations189
Step 2 - Select the Radiant Preferences .................................................. 190

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Step 3 - Draw the radiant loops & Refine the Panel Design..................... 193
Draw the radiant loops................................................................................... 193
Allocation tips................................................................................................. 196
Refine your panel design ............................................................................... 197

Step 4 - Review the manifolds ................................................................. 198


Step 5 - Review the Tail Lengths ............................................................. 199
Step 6 - Design the Central System......................................................... 199
Save the File & Print the Reports............................................................. 200
Summary of Steps for a Snow Melting Panel Design............................... 201
Step 1 - Enter Snow Melting Preferences ................................................ 201
Step 2 - Enter the Design Temperature, Wind Speed & Snowfall Rate ... 201
Step 3 - Draw the Snow Melt Loops and Refine the Panel Design .......... 201
Step 4 - Review Manifolds ....................................................................... 203
Step 5 - Review Tail Lengths ................................................................... 203
Step 6 - Design the Central System......................................................... 203
Radiant Heating Quick Quote .................................................................. 204
Things to Remember ............................................................................... 205

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Sales Presentations with Right-$....................207

Example Files for This Chapter................................................................ 208


What Does Right-$ Do? ........................................................................... 208
A Right-$ Example................................................................................... 208
System Comparison....................................................................................... 208
Interpret the Cost Comparison Screen .......................................................... 210
Investment Comparisons ............................................................................... 211

Things to Remember ............................................................................... 213

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Assemble Your Costs ..................................... 215

What is Right-Proposal Plus?................................................................... 216


How Right-Proposal Plus Works .............................................................. 216
Add, Modify & Delete Categories & Parts in the Library ........................... 217
Add categories & Parts................................................................................... 217
Modify categories & parts............................................................................... 220
Delete categories & parts ............................................................................... 220

Assemblies............................................................................................... 220
Assemble Your Quote .............................................................................. 221
Parts Mapping Editor................................................................................ 223
Things to Remember................................................................................ 225

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Generate the proposal .................................... 227

What is Right-Proposal Plus..................................................................... 228


Right-Proposal Plus Examples ................................................................. 228
Example 1 - Print a Proposal.................................................................... 228
Example 2 - Modify a Proposal................................................................. 230
Example 3 - Proposal Document Reference ............................................ 235
Sections.......................................................................................................... 236
Data................................................................................................................ 236
Other components.......................................................................................... 240
Text Formatting .............................................................................................. 246

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Misc. features................................................................................................. 248

Example 4 - Setup Right-Proposal Plus for your use ............................... 249


Library............................................................................................................ 250
Proposal......................................................................................................... 254

Things to Remember ............................................................................... 255

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Templates........................................................257

What is a Right-Suite Residential/PE Template? ..................................... 258


How to Create an RSR PE Template....................................................... 258
What Information Belongs in a Template? ............................................... 258
What is an RSR PE Default Template? ................................................... 260
Things to Remember ............................................................................... 260

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File Operations ................................................261

Create a New Project............................................................................... 262


Create a New Template ........................................................................... 262
Copy a Project ......................................................................................... 262
Delete a Project ....................................................................................... 263
Move a Project......................................................................................... 263
Rename a Project .................................................................................... 263
Things to Remember ............................................................................... 263

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Create & Use Custom Reports & Proposals... 265

RSR PE Custom Reports & Proposals..................................................... 266


Use Custom Reports & Proposals............................................................ 266
What is a Word template? .............................................................................. 266

How to Print a List of RSR PE Bookmarks ............................................... 267


Create Custom Reports & Proposals ....................................................... 267
Step 1 Create the template ......................................................................... 267
Step 2 Generate the report or proposal with RSR PE................................. 268
Step 3 Watch Microsoft Word generate your report or proposal................. 268
Step 4 Modify, save & print your report or proposal .................................... 269

Things to Remember................................................................................ 269

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High Velocity Duct Design .............................. 271

Example Files for This Chapter ................................................................ 272


Summary of Steps.................................................................................... 272
Introduction .............................................................................................. 272
Overview .................................................................................................. 273
Step 1- Describe the Building................................................................... 273
Step 2 - Select the Duct System Layout................................................... 275
Step 3 - Fine-Tune the Duct Design ......................................................... 276
Step 4 - Check the Bill of Materials Screen .............................................. 278
High Velocity Tips & Tricks....................................................................... 279

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How do I design two duct system types in one building?............................... 279


How do I switch a zone from low to high velocity or vice versa? ................... 279
How do I change duct system layout? ........................................................... 279
How do I make RSR PE automatically place supply outlets? ........................ 280
How do I adjust the trunk to building perimeter distance for automatically
generated duct layouts?................................................................................. 280
How do I change trunk sizes calculated by RSR PE? ................................... 280
How do I change supply outlet types? ........................................................... 280
How do I change trunk material, shape or height? ........................................ 280
How do I adjust the number of supply outlets per room automatically?......... 280
How do I adjust the number of supply outlets manually?............................... 281
How do I adjust sound attenuator length? ..................................................... 281
How do I enter orifice adjustment? ................................................................ 281
How do I curve the ducts? ............................................................................. 281
How do I check to see if the actual airflow is enough to supply the design load
for each room?............................................................................................... 282
How do I alter automatic part takeoffs? ......................................................... 282

Things to Remember ............................................................................... 282

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Right-Suite Residential Library .........................283

What is the Right-Suite Residential Library?............................................ 284


Displaying the Right-Suite Residential Library ......................................... 284
Wizard Mode.................................................................................................. 284
In Context - Radiant Panel Preferences ........................................................ 285
From anywhere- Radiant Panel Preferences................................................. 285

Using the Right-Suite Residential Library................................................. 285

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Right-Sales Manager ...................................... 289

Right-Sales Manager Screens.................................................................. 290


Setup .............................................................................................................. 290
Customers...................................................................................................... 292
Proposals ....................................................................................................... 293
Dashboard...................................................................................................... 295
Scorecard ....................................................................................................... 296

Glossary

299

RSR PE Files 308


File naming conventions................................................................................. 308
RSR PE file list ............................................................................................... 308

Windows Environment........................................................... 311


Index

313

What is ACCA?...................................................................... 319


ACCA Information Request ................................................... 320
ACCA-Approved Software........................................................................ 321

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Preface
This manual introduces you to the major aspects of Right-Suite Residential. You will be
designing heating and cooling systems quickly and painlessly.
Welcome to Right-Suite Residential! Right-Suite Residential (or RSR PE for short) is a
comprehensive HVAC design tool that makes the design of heating and cooling systems
for residential buildings faster and easier. RSR PE is the result of over 10 years of
feedback from thousands of HVAC designers throughout the United States, Canada and
many other countries.
RSR PE combines eight modular programs for load calculation, conventional and high
velocity duct sizing, sales presentation, job cost quotation, and system sizing into a single
program. The building is described with Right-Draw. You draw the rooms, windows,
doors, etc. of your building using your mouse. Right-Draw transfers the necessary
information to the other RSR PE modules automatically. In addition, the duct and sales
functions are hot-linked to the loads, so that every change you make in the building data
automatically changes the system design, cost comparisons and sales presentations.
Project templates make it easy for you to set up timesaving default files. Combined with
many automatic features, these links and templates dramatically reduce the labor needed
to produce a complete system design and the related cost and sales information for the
project.
RSR PE combines these functions:

Right-Draw - Graphical building descriptions

Right-J - ACCA's Manual J heating and cooling load calculations

Right-D - ACCA's Manual D multizone duct sizing

Right-HV Duct - High velocity duct system design

Right-$ - Energy analysis and sales software

Right-Loop - Geothermal loop design

Right-Radiant Plus - Radiant panel design

Right-Proposal Plus - Automated, custom designed sales proposals

Right-Sales Manager - Automated sales presentations and sales management

The Users Guide provides installation instructions and examples of typical


applications. Consult the help system in the software for reference information on specific
functions (Select Help from the main menu then make a selection).

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Install RSR PE
This chapter tells you how to install RSR PE and how to move the
program from one personal computer to another.

System Requirements ..................................................... 2


License Disk & Disk Copying........................................... 2
Minimum system requirements........................................ 3
Install RSR PE ................................................................ 3
Move RSR PE to Another Computer ............................... 4
Expand Your RSR PE Installation ................................... 5

System Requirements
Minimum system requirements
To run this program, you will need:

Pentium-powered PC, clock above 300 MHz

128 MB RAM (256 MB recommended)

Windows 9x, 2000, ME or XP

17" monitor and video card capable of displaying 'High color' (16 bit, 65,5436
colors); 1024 x 768 resolution

Microsoft-compatible mouse

3.5 disk drive and CD ROM drive (for installation only)

170 MB available hard drive space for operating resources

What is in Your Package?


Your package contains the following:

Right-Suite Residential CD

Right-Suite Residential License Disk (red 3 floppy disk)

Right-Suite Residential License Agreement (on License Disk envelope)

Right-Suite Residential Getting Started Guide

This book, Right-Suite Residential Users Guide

User registration form, technical support information and other printed materials

License Disk & Disk Copying


You must have the red Right-Suite Residential License Disk (red floppy disk) to
install RSR PE programs in their fully functional mode for the license you have purchased.
Without the License Disk, you may install the software only in Demo mode. IMPORTANT:
Keep your License Disk in a secure location for future use.

You can also convert a Demo installation to a fully functional installation or license
additional functions by obtaining a License Key over the telephone. Please call Wrightsoft
Technical Support for help at 781-862-8719.

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You cannot copy the Right-Suite Residential License Disk; it is a copy-protected


disk. Contact Wrightsoft for a replacement disk if it becomes damaged.

Demo Mode
You may install RSR PE in Demo mode without purchasing a license. However, several
functions will not be available until you purchase a license.
In Demo mode you cannot change the customer and contractor information or the
weather and design conditions.

In Demo mode, RSR PEs main screen title will be Right-Suite Residential - DEMO.
Each time you start the program, you will see a screen explaining how to obtain a full
version.
For simplicity and consistency, all of the examples in the User's Guide are based on the
Demo project files distributed with RSR PE. To follow along and duplicate the
examples, you should use either a Demo installation of RSR PE or if you have a licensed
installation, use the File | Open | Demo... option from the pull-down menu, then select
the demo file required by the example. The data will already be entered for the sections
of the example that cover entering data that the Demo prohibits. RSR PE will display a
warning to remind you that you are using the Demo mode. Click OK to proceed.
If you decide to register your RSR PE or license a new module, call our sales
hotline at 800-225-8697. The components can be unlocked over the phone, so you can
use them immediately.

Install RSR PE
If you have any problems installing the software, call Wrightsoft Technical Support
at 781-862-8719.

Insert the RSR PE CD into your computers CD drive.


In a few seconds, the installation program will run automatically. If it does not run, the
auto run feature may be turned off on your system. You can still run the install
program manually.
Go to Start and click Run.
Type D:\setup.exe (where D is your CD drive) and press <Enter>.

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Once the install program is running, just follow the instructions that appear.
If you are installing to a single computer, select 'Standalone' and click the
'Next' button.

If you would like to install Right-Suite Residential on a network and share part or all
of the program amoung several users, see the additional manual on the CD
'NetworkInstallGuide.pdf'.

If you want to change either the Program Directory or Working Directory,


specify the location now by clicking on the input box and typing the correct
path (include the drive letter if appropriate). You may also click 'Browse' to
choose a directory. When the drive and directory are set, click on the 'Next'
button.
Continue following the instructions on the screen and clicking the 'Next'
button to proceed. You can go back to a previous screen by clicking the
'Back' button. At the end of the installation process, a pop-up window will
appear to let you know you are done. Click OK.
Double click on the shortcut that was placed on your desktop or click on the
Windows Start button then select Programs, Wrightsoft HVAC, Right-Suite
Residential PE from the menu to run RSR PE.
When you run RSR PE for the first time a window titled 'Synchronize License
Information' will appear. At this point insert your red License Disk into the disk drive and
click OK. This will license all of the modules you have purchased and installed; you will no
longer be running in Demo mode.

Move RSR PE to Another Computer


If you wish to move RSR PE from one computer to another, you must first uninstall the
program from the computer where it is currently installed. Then, reinstall the program on
another computer following the instructions above. If you are having any problems
uninstalling RSR PE call Wrightsoft Technical Support at 781-862-8719.

Uninstall RSR PE
To uninstall RSR PE:
Click the Windows Start button, select Settings, and then select the Control
Panel folder.

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Double click the 'Add/Remove Programs' icon.


Scroll down though the list of installed programs until you find Right-Suite
Residential PE/BE. Highlight the program with a single click of the mouse
and then click the 'Add/Remove' button at the bottom of the window.
You may be asked to insert the red License Disk. This allows the uninstall process to
record the fact that you have removed RSR PE from your system. Otherwise, you may
exhaust the limited number of installs provided on the red License Disk.

Expand Your RSR PE Installation


One of the most powerful aspects of RSR PE is its ability to grow with your needs. If
you purchased only a few modules and decide that you would like to purchase other
modules, call Wrightsoft sales at 800-225-8697. Our sales and technical support
personnel can turn on modules almost instantaneously, with no new software to install.
For details on adding additional modules, select Help | Licensing from the main menu.

Service Packs
Right-Suite Residential is improved continuously. Improvements are made available to
you via Service Packs. You can download the most recent Service Pack from our web
site (www.wrightsoft.com).

Things to Remember

RSR PEs Demo mode allows you to preview new program modules before
purchasing them.

You can purchase additional modules by phone and use them immediately. Call
Wrightsoft at 800-225-8697.

If you enable any modules by phone, be sure to re-synchronize your red License Disk
to save your license information onto the disk

The red License Disk tracks the installation of the software to your computer. You will
need the License Disk when installing, moving or uninstalling RSR PE; you will also
need the License Disk for major upgrades. Be sure to store it in a secure location.

IMPORTANT: Keep your red License Disk in a safe location.

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Run RSR PE
All users should read this chapter. It describes key information you
must know to use RSR PE effectively.

Right-Draw vs Worksheets .............................................. 8


Symbols & Conventions .................................................. 8
Example Files................................................................ 12
Things to Remember..................................................... 12

This Users Guide provides installation instructions and examples of typical


applications. Consult the help system (select Help from the main menu) in the software
for reference information on specific functions.

Right-Draw vs Worksheets
Our customers tell us that Right-Draw is the most efficient and accurate way to enter data
into the calculation worksheets. In most cases, doing something relatively simple causes
a lot of data to be entered into the worksheets. For example, when you draw a rectangle
to represent a room, Right-Draw enters 4 walls, a floor, a ceiling, the appropriate number
of duct registers, and the ducts for those registers to the Right-J and Right-D Worksheets.
When you draw a room next to another room, Right-Draw figures out how much of the
wall to remove.
For this reason, the examples in this manual will assume that you are entering the
building using Right-Draw.
Entering building data directly into the worksheets is time-consuming and error-prone.
However, this method of entry is covered in a separate manual on the CD that you used
to install Right-Suite Residential. It is provided in Adobe Acrobat format RSRWorksheetManual.pdf.

Right-J & Right-D Calculation Methods


Right-J and Right-D are the Windows versions of the Air Conditioning Contractors of
Americas (ACCAs) methods for load calculation and duct sizing. Consult the ACCA
publications for background information and details on the calculation methods.

Manual J, Residential Load Calculation, Seventh and Eighth Editions, including


Addenda A, B, C, and D

Manual D, Residential Duct Systems

An ACCA information request form is provided at the end of this manual.


ACCAs web site at http://www.acca.org/ provides additional information and
publication ordering information. Further information about Addenda A, B, C, and D is
at http://www.acca.org/tech/manualj/addenda/.

Symbols & Conventions


Users Guide symbols
Key information for users.
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Caution areas and potential sources of confusion.


Tips for expert users.

Brackets are used to identify keys on the keyboard, such as <Enter>

Menu selections are identified in bold text and the '|' character is used to separate
menu choices that appear in sequence, such as File | Open.
In the project examples, specific instructions for inputs to the RSR PE are
shown in this format (indented Arial font with an arrow bullet).

Text and numbers that you type are enclosed in single quotation marks, such as
Acme Air Conditioning Company.

RSR PE is short for Right-Suite Residential.

RSR PE file names


There are three file types that you will encounter when you open or save input
information. Each uses a different file extension.

.RRD files are Right-Suite Residential project files specially created for use as
demos. The examples in this User's Guide use these demo files.

.RRP files are project files that you create for each of your jobs. They contain all
the information you enter (customer, building, system design information, etc.).

.RRT files are project files that you save in the Template directory with the .RRT
file extension. They are used to store standard startup information for the various
types of jobs you do.

RSR & RSR PE File Extensions


If you own Right-Suite Residential (RSR; any version before v5.8), you will notice that
the file extensions have changed for Right-Suite Residential. Right-Suite Residential
versions up to v5.8 use the Manual J, Seventh Edition calculation method whereas RSR
PE (v5.8 and higher) uses either the Manual J, Eighth Edition or Seventh Edition
calculation method. You can open RSR files in RSR PE, but if you save them, they will
have the new file extension.
Although RSR PE can calculate the loads using the Manual J, Seventh Edition
calculation method, please be aware that there are some fundamental differences in the
calculation methods that might yield slightly different loads. If you were to compare the
same file using both calculation methods you may notice minor differences in the loads.
For example, there are many new constructions in the Eighth Edition that do not exactly
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match up to the Seventh Edition constructions and the load will differ slightly when
recalculated.

AutoSave
While we are on the subject of files, RSR PE will automatically save a copy of the
project file that you are working on at intervals determined by the autosave settings. If
your computer should crash before you can save a file to disk, the copy that was
automatically saved will be restored the next time you run RSR PE. You will avoid
retyping most of the changes you made before the crash. You can turn this feature off if
you wish. You can also set how often the project will be automatically saved.
Select File | AutoSave from the main menu.

Make changes if desired and click OK.


Note that the AutoSave options apply to all RSR PE projects that you open on this
computer, not just the one you are currently editing.

Inputs

Input fields are boxes where you normally enter data; they have a white background,
like this:

Output fields that you cannot edit have a gray background and look like this:

Output fields that can be overridden have a gray background and the numbers inside
are enclosed in square brackets. They look like this:

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To override the output fields with square brackets, choose the field and press <F8>
then enter a new number. The background becomes white and the square brackets
change to angle brackets as a reminder that the value was overridden. They look
like this:

Some of the input fields have choices. There are 4 ways to view the choices. If
there is a drop down arrow, click on it and scroll through the choices. If there is a Choices
button, click on it to display the choices. You can also click on the field then press
<F5> or double click on the field with the left mouse button to display a list of choices.

Hot keys
Press <F1> at any time when using RSR PE to obtain help on the specific items
you are using or the field your cursor is in. You can also access Help from the main
menu.

Help keys
<F1>
<F5>

What is it? - Help to explain the current field


What are my choices? - Lists options for current field

Auxiliary screens
<F2>
<F4>
<F6>
<F7>
<Ctrl-E>
<Ctrl-M>

Project Information Screen


Infiltration Screen
Loads Preferences Screen
Equipment Screen
Load Meter
Multizone Tree

Operations keys
<F8>
<F11>
<Ctrl + F11>
<F12>
<Ctrl + F12>
<Ctrl-PageUp>
<Ctrl-PageDown>
<Ctrl-Left/Right>
<Ctrl-Home>
<Ctrl-End>

Override key (toggle between output and overridden


values)
Zoom in current screen
Zoom in all screens
Zoom out current screen
Zoom out all screens
Moves cursor to the top of a worksheet
Moves cursor to the bottom of a worksheet
Moves cursor to the next room to the left/right in the Right-J
Worksheet
Moves cursor to the room farthest to the left in the Right-J
Worksheet
Moves cursor to the room farthest to the right in the Right-J

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Worksheet

Example Files
RSR PE is distributed with a set of example demo files. These files have names like
MDEX3.rrd. Several chapters of this User's Guide are built around example files. To
follow along, open the specified file and make the changes described in the text. When
you are done, you can compare your work with the completed demo file that is also
provided.
For simplicity and consistency, all the examples in the User's Guide are based on
the demo project files distributed with RSR PE. To follow along and duplicate the
examples, use the File | Open | Demo... option from the main menu. Your screens and
your results may be different if you use a registered or an OEM version.

Things to Remember

A 'Things to Remember' section similar to this is included at the end of each chapter.

Consult the ACCA publications for details on the load calculation methods and duct
sizing procedures.

There is a demo file for each module. You can try out unlicensed modules by trying
the examples in this manual or by viewing the demo files. To display a demo file,
select File | Open | Demo... then select the desired demo file.

Press <F1> for help on items that are selected or choose Help from the main menu.

There are 4 ways to view a list of choices in the input fields: click on a drop down
arrow, click on a Choices button, select a field then press <F5> or double click on a
field.

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Overview of RSR PE
This chapter illustrates the design process with RSR PE.
1.

Describe the building

2.

Select the equipment

3.

Design the distribution

4.

Document the project

What is RSR PE? .......................................................... 14


Navigator Bar ................................................................ 15
The Design Process ...................................................... 16
What Does RSR PE Do?............................................... 20
RSR PE Components.................................................... 21
Screens & Toolbars....................................................... 22
Things to Remember..................................................... 37

What is RSR PE?


RSR PE is a complete residential project design tool for HVAC system design. It
combines multiple HVAC design and marketing functions into one Windows program.
The major functions are seamlessly integrated to provide a minimum effort, high quality
path to develop HVAC designs.
Using the various modules, you can draw a floor plan, calculate loads, size conventional
or high velocity ducts, size geothermal loops, size radiant heating and snow melting
panels, compare equipment system operating costs, and assemble job cost estimates.
Once you have selected outside weather and infiltration conditions, describe your
building by creating a drawing with Right-Draw. Draw the rooms and then drop in
windows, doors, floors and ceilings. As you draw, Right-J, the load module, performs
the heat loss and gain calculations.
Your projects may include multiple zones using either central or multiple equipment
systems. You can compare the operating costs of multiple system options to determine
the best equipment for your particular project. Once the equipment is selected, Right-D
or Right-HV Duct will size the ducts using the equipment information and the
information from the drawing that you created with Right-Draw.
If you are using radiant panels to heat certain rooms, just add them to your drawing.
Right-Radiant Plus will size the loops and manifolds and create a parts list for your job
cost estimate. If you are using geothermal equipment, you can use Right-Loop to design
the loop and circulating pump.
You can then prepare a job cost estimate and a custom sales proposal with RightProposal Plus for your customers using the results of RSR PEs calculations.
RSR PE has over 20 standard reports that document all of RSR PEs calculations. In
addition to standard reports, you can design your own reports that include RSR PEs
calculation results with Microsoft Word.

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Navigator Bar
You can operate Right-Suite Residential using the Navigator Bar or not. The Navigator
bar is along the left side of the Right-Suite Residential screen.

The Navigator Bar presents Right-Suite Residential's functions, as buttons, in the order
that you would use them, depending on what you want to do. For example, there are
separate sets of buttons for:

Setting up Right-Suite Residential for use

Designing a project

Presenting a project proposal to your customer

Managing your sales

If you would rather not use the Navigator Bar, you can turn it off and use Right-Suite
Residential screen-by-screen.
See the Navigator Bar chapter for further information on the Navigator Bar.

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The Design Process

Describe the building

Select the equipment

Design the distribution

Document the project

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The Design Process Using the Navigator Bar

1. Describe the building


2. Select the Equipment
3. Design the Distribution

4. Document the project

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The Design Process Without Using the Navigator Bar

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Step 1 - Describe the building (see Chapter 4)


a)

Start a new project from a template

b)

Add rooms, doors and windows

c)

Add vaulted ceilings and special floors

d)

Repeat b) and c) for each building level

Step 2- Select the equipment (see Chapter 5)


a)

Assign zoning

b)

Assign equipment location

c)

Design geothermal loop (Optional)

d)

Evaluate equipment systems (Optional)

e)

Select the final system

Step 3- Design the distribution (see Chapter 6)


a)

Lay out the ducts

b)

Add radiant floors/ceilings

c)

Enter hydronic baseboard capacities

Step 4- Document the project (see Chapter 7)


a)

Complete the job quotation

b)

Save the project

c)

Prepare the reports

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What Does RSR PE Do?


RSR PE combines these HVAC design and marketing functions.

Right-Sales Manager - Automated sales presentations and sales management


Right-Draw - Graphical building descriptions
Right-J - ACCA's Manual J heating and cooling load calculations
Right-D - ACCA's Manual D multizone duct sizing
Right-HV Duct - High velocity duct system design
Right-2 Line Duct - Add 2-line ducts to Right-Draw drawings
Right-$ - Energy analysis and sales software
Right-Loop - Geothermal loop design
Right-Radiant Plus - Radiant heating and snow melting panel design
Right-Proposal Plus - Cost estimates and custom proposals

Right-Suite Residential relies on the ACCA Manual J, Seventh and Eighth Edition methods
(including May 2004 Addenda A, B, C, and D) to calculate heating and cooling loads. A load
calculation forms the basis of all projects. The other RSR PE modules are hot-linked to the loads;
the modules that require load information automatically use the loads from Right-J. Changes in the
building description and other inputs that affect the loads are also automatically reflected in the
other modules.

Right-D
Conventional
Duct Sizing

Right-HV
Duct
High
Velocity

RightSales
Automated
Sales
presentations
and
management

RightDraw

Right-J

Graphical
Building
Descriptio
n

Heating &
Cooling
Load
Calculatio
n

= existing
= future

Right-$
Operating
Costs
Analysis

RightProposal
Plus
Custom
proposal

RightLoop
Geothermal
Loop Design

RightRadiant Plus
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RSR PE Components
Right-Sales Manager automates in-home sales presentations with PowerPoint, digital image,
and video capabilities. Customizable Wizards take you and your customer through the design
process including the customer questionnaire. Your customer's responses to the questionnaire
select specific components that meet your customer needs. In addition, the Sales Manager allows
you to manage the sales efforts of your entire sales team.

Right-Draw provides a graphical method for entering the building description. You can draw
the floor plan for a building using simple drag-and-drop rooms, doors and windows. The
construction details are specified with convenient pop-up menus. Right-Draw will even draw the
duct system and let you make changes with the mouse.
Right-J is the core calculation of RSR PE. This module computes the heating and cooling loads
for a building. Right-J data is entered automatically as you draw your building in Right-Draw. If
you wish, you can unlink Right-J from Right-Draw and enter the building description into the
Right-J Worksheet directly. As you enter the building description into the Right-Draw drawing
area or Right-J Worksheet, the loads are computed automatically. Right-J also computes the
heating and cooling duct flow (cfm) needed to supply each room.
Right-D uses the room loads to size duct system trunks and branches. Right-D automatically
modifies the duct system whenever the load changes because Right-D is connected to the loads in
Right-J. To complete the duct system design, you just need to add fan information and a few
additional system details. You can preset most details and preferences in a project template so that
there is very little to do to size the ducts, after the load is calculated.

Right-HV Duct also uses the room loads to design and size high velocity duct systems. RightHV Duct allows residential designs that are multizone or single zone. Just select the preferences,
and then calculate the loads. The high velocity ducts will be placed (in Right-Draw) and the sizes
will be calculated instantly.

Right-$ is a sales presentation tool that compares four equipment systems side-by-side on your
screen. Right-$ is always connected to the building loads; changes that affect the loads can be seen
in the Right-$ analyses immediately. Right-$ uses the ARI/GAMA electronic library of HVAC
equipment that is distributed with RSR PE. Equipment listings can be preset in a project template
to automatically select equipment based on filters that you define for capacity, efficiency, model
prefix and other characteristics. When used this way, Right-$ automatically develops the sales
presentation as the building description is entered.
Right-Proposal Plus allows you to quickly generate professional in-home sales presentations
with integrated project information, equipment, and costs. It produces a cost summary with an
unlimited number of major cost categories (sections). Three of the categories are preset
(equipment, labor and overall total), but you can change them to suit your needs. Duct system
equipment, high velocity duct equipment and radiant heating equipment categories are
automatically generated by RSR PE if you own those modules and have ducts or radiant panels in
your design. Right-Proposal Plus produces a detailed list of cost items for each major cost

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category. The automatic takeoff (see glossary for a definition) features of Right-Radiant Plus,
Right-HV Duct and Right-D provide most of the necessary cost items. You can also add cost items
from your own Proposal Library.

Right-Loop sizes geothermal loops based on the equipment and the heating and cooling loads.
The loads that Right-J calculates are hot-linked to the loads that Right-Loop uses to size the
geothermal loop. Right-Loop also provides a worksheet to calculate the pump head and computes
antifreeze volume for a wide range of conditions and antifreeze types.

Right-Radiant Plus assists with the design of radiant heating and snow melting panel systems.
Right-Radiant Plus evaluates loop sizes for radiant panels in ceilings and floors and sizes piping
and manifolds. Most of the radiant heating panel data is entered into Right-Radiant Plus
automatically as you draw your building in Right-Draw.

Screens & Toolbars


RSR PE has convenient toolbars to provide quick access to key program features. Below
is a list of the main buttons and toolbars.

Project Management Toolbar


Report Toolbar
Project Toolbar
Right-Draw Button
Zoom Buttons
Function Selector Toolbar
Screen Toolbar - Changes depending on your selection with the Function Selector
Toolbar. There are several Screen Toolbars: Right-J, Right-D/Right-HV Duct,
Right-$, Right-Loop, Radiant Heating, Snow Melting, Right-Proposal Plus and
Right-Sales Manager

You can specify which toolbars to display by selecting View | Toolbars... from the
main menu. Choose the toolbars you want to display and the button size. Click Close
when you are done. You can move and rearrange toolbars; place the mouse cursor on
the gray border of a toolbar and drag-and-drop it to a new location.

The main buttons and toolbars relate to the overall project, including file handling,
printing, screen zooming and the selection of functional areas such as project
information, equipment and zone information.
The Function Selector Toolbar is used to select buttons for a module. Pressing a button
in the Function Selector Toolbar automatically displays the Screen Toolbar specific to
that module.

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Right-Draw has its own toolbar that is only displayed when the Right-Draw screen is
displayed (see Chapter 8). This toolbar is used to select drawing and editing options.
Right-Draw also has the HVAC Shapes Toolbox that is comprised of buttons that are
used to add building components to your drawing.

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Zone Toolbar
Zone data

Project Toolbar
Project-wide data

Right-Draw Button

Zoom Buttons
Zoom in & zoom out

The Right-Draw Button, Project, Function Selector and Screen Toolbars are described on the following pages.

Report Toolbar
Print & preview

Project Management Toolbar


New, open, save

Function Selector
Toolbar
There is one button
for each Screen
Toolbar; click the
button to view the
Screen Toolbar.

Screen Toolbar
Changes
depending on the
Function Selector
Toolbar selection

Project Information Screen


Customer and contractor information,
notes, weather location, conditions, fuel,
cost and baseboard data

Multizone Tree
Drag-and-drop zoning control

Zone Information Screen


Enter and view zone design
conditions and load summaries

Project Management Screens

Equipment Screen
Information about the current equipment
system in the project

Right-Sales Manager Screens

Setup
Database of sales personnel
Dashboard
Overview of sales performance

Scorecard
Sales performance data

Customers
Customer database

Proposals
Database of sales proposals

Right-Draw Screen

Right-Draw Screen
Enter the building description, ducts and radiant panels

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Function Selection
To access the screens for the seven modules, you must first choose a module from the
Function Selector Toolbar. The Screen Toolbar for that module will appear. Choose the
individual screens from the Screen Toolbar. On the next few pages, each Function
Selector Toolbar button is shown with the Screen Toolbar it displays. The screens
associated with each Screen Toolbar are also shown.

Right-J Screens

Right-J Worksheet
Enter or view Manual J room-by-room loads

Infiltration Screens
Enter infiltration options and view
the ACH calculation summary for
simplified, detailed or blower door
infiltration.

Loads Preferences Screen


Enter default values for new rooms, new
glazings and internal gains

Load Meter
Shows 'Entire House' heating and
cooling loads as you draw

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Right-D Screens

Supply Branch Worksheet


View and enter details for supply branches
Duct Preferences Screen
Input duct and fitting preferences

Trunks and Return Branches Worksheet


View and enter details for supply and return
trunks and return branches

Static Pressure Screen


Enter fan data and friction rates

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Right-$ Screens

System Comparison Screen


Compare operating costs

Investment Comparison Screen


Compare investment costs graphically

Cost Comparison Screen


View a detailed comparison of costs, savings and financing

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Right-Loop Screens

Loop Worksheet
Enter loop configuration and sizing data

Loop Tree
Shows loop-zone
assignments

Pump Worksheet
Enter pump sizing

Loop Details Screen


View loop calculation details

Pump Details Screen


View pump sizing details

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Right-Radiant Plus Heating Screens

Radiant Heating Loop Worksheet


Enter radiant panel loop information
Radiant Heating Quick Quote
Fast radiant heating job quotes

Radiant Heating Room Worksheet


View radiant floor and ceiling panel
information

Radiant Heating Manifold Worksheet


View and edit radiant panel manifolds
that supply loops

Radiant Heating Pump Worksheet


Select radiant heating pumps

Radiant Heating Preferences Screen


Set defaults for automatic sizing and
takeoffs

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Right-Radiant Plus Snow Melting Screens

Snow Melting Preferences Screen


Set defaults for automatic calculations
and takeoffs
Snow Melting Worksheet
Enter snow melting panel information

Snow Melting Loop Worksheet


Enter snow melting loop information

Snow Melting Manifold Worksheet


View and edit snow melting manifolds that
supply loops

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Right-Proposal Plus Screens

Proposal Document Screen


View and edit proposal document

Purchase Order Screen


View and edit purchase
orders to distributors and
manufacturers.

Bill of Materials Screen


View and edit list of parts to be used

Proposal Information Screen


View and edit ordering
information and section
subtotals

Library Setup
Add or edit items available for the job
cost estimate

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Loads
The loads can be found in 3 places: the Load Meter, the Zone Information Screen and the
Right-J Worksheet. The Load Meter is what you will refer to as you draw; the Right-J
Worksheet is where you will find the load details; the Zone Information Screen is where
you will find the Load Summary. Any changes you make on the Right-Draw Screen (if it
is hot-linked) will affect the loads in all three places.
The Load Meter shows the total heating and cooling loads for the building and the total
loads for walls, glazing, doors, ceilings, floors, infiltration, ducts, ventilation and
hydronic piping. The Load Meter changes on screen as you draw. You can view the
'Entire House' load or if you are working on a multizone building, select the zone in the
Multizone Tree to view the loads for that zone. You can view the Load Meter at any
time; you do not need to close the Load Meter when you change screens. To resize the
Load Meter, place your cursor over the bottom border and drag up or down.
The Right-J Worksheet shows the loads broken down by construction number and room.
The Load Summary on the Zone Information Screen shows the latent loads and other
'Entire House' loads not shown in the Load Meter. This is also where you can view "the
answer", the total heating and sensible and latent cooling loads.

Manual J Seventh and Eighth Editions


ACCA's Seventh and Eighth Edtions of Manual J are both in use. Right-Suite
Residential can calculate loads using either method. In fact, you can switch between the
two methods easily and compare the results instantly.
You will probably want to use one method or the other most of the time. For example,
your local building inspectors may require a specific method. When you run RSR for the
first time, you select which load calculation method you want to use. The method that
you select will be used for all projects unless you change it manually. If you open a
project that uses a different method than what RSR has been set for, RSR will give you
the option of using that method or the method that you set RSR for. You can change the
method at any time.
If you use Right-Draw to enter your building, there is almost no difference between
entering your building using the two methods. The only difference is that there will be
different choices available. When you select construction types (either default or for
specific components), duct losses, or load preferences the list of available options that
you can select from will be appropriate for the calculation method that is currently in
effect. When you change calculation methods, RSR will convert the existing
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type. RSR will notify you if any construction type cannot be converted exactly. You can
then re-select that construction type using the choices available for the new calculation
method.
If you use the Right-J Worksheet to enter your building, the diffences are more noticable.
The Right-J Seventh Edition Worksheet looks different than the Right-J Eighth Edition
Worksheet. This is primarily due to the fact that in the Eighth Edition, each wall has an
orientation and in the Seventh Editon they do not.
Seventh Edition

Eighth Edition

6 non-oriented walls types


6 oriented window types
3 non-oriented door types
6 floor types
6 ceiling types

Unlimited number of oriented wall,


window, and door types
Unlimited number of floor and ceiling
types

How Templates Save Time

For more information on saving time with templates, see Chapter 19.

Templates speed up the design process. In using RSR PE, you will find that there are
assumptions and information you wish to use for each of your projects, such as load and
duct preferences, weather data and contractor information. Instead of typing this
information in every time you start a project, you can start a project with a template. Fill
in the information unique to the project then save the file as an RSR PE project with a
new name.
Templates are simply RSR PE projects that have been saved with an .RRT file extension.
Instead of re-entering common data each time you start a new project, you can define a
template that contains the information that is used in most projects. In fact, you can
define several templates to handle the various types of jobs you typically do. For
example, if you design many flex duct and sheet metal duct systems but never in the
same project, you could create one template with the flex duct preferences (duct material,
junction boxes, flex duct fittings etc.) and one for the sheet metal duct systems you
design. Then when you want to design a flex duct system, you would open the flex duct
template and all of the data in the template is entered into your project. Because the duct
preferences are already entered, all you have to do is draw your building.

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Templates are stored in a folder titled Template. Open a template by selecting either File
| New from Template or File | Open | Template. Templates are a starting point for new
projects. Just open a template and describe your building; your preferences, contractor
information and weather data will already be entered from the template (NOTE: The
data is only transferred to NEW projects).
If you want to create a new template from scratch, you should:
Restart the program, enter the data that you want in the template, and then
save the project as a template (File | Save As | Template...).
If you want to start a new template that is based on another template:
Select File | New from Template and choose the template you want to
modify. Modify the template as desired.
To save the modified template with a new name, select File | Save As |
Template... Save the modified template a different name than the original
template.
You will now have both templates - the original template, which is unchanged, and the
modified template that is based on the original template. See the chapter about templates
for more details.

Things to Remember

Right-Suite program components are hot-linked (see glossary), together so that


heating and cooling loads and other information are passed from Right-Draw to RightJ and to the other modules that need loads. When you make changes to the building
description and weather information, they are automatically used to update the
calculations made throughout RSR PE. For example, if you add a large picture
window to a room, RSR PE automatically recalculates the heating and cooling loads,
increases the size of the duct system and reevaluates the annual operating costs.

RSR PEs Function Selector Toolbar is used to display the module specific Screen
Toolbars. Click on a button in the Function Selector Toolbar to choose the module
and display the Screens Toolbar for that module. Then choose the individual screen
you want to display from the Screen Toolbar.

Right-Draw automates many parts of the building description process. This saves a
lot of time and prevents many omission errors.

You can control nearly all of RSR PE from the toolbars. Use the Drawing and
Options menus for special settings. Use the keyboard to enter numbers and text.

If you prefer to use keystrokes instead of the menus or buttons, nearly all of the menu
options can be accessed using the keyboard shortcuts (view key strokes in the
menus).

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Templates are a powerful part of RSR PE. They substantially reduce the time and
effort required to create new project files and complete a design.

Detailed information on using templates is provided in Chapter 19.

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4
Using the Navigator Bar
This chapter describes the Navigator Bar as a fast and efficient way
to navigate around the many.screens in Right-Suite Residential.

User type selector ......................................................... 41


Navigator Bar Buttons ................................................... 41
Wizards ......................................................................... 46
Customizations.............................................................. 46

You can operate Right-Suite Residential using the Navigator Bar or not. The Navigator
bar is along the left side of the Right-Suite Residential screen.

The Navigator Bar presents Right-Suite Residential's functions, as buttons, in the order
that you would use them, depending on what you want to do. All of Right-Suite
Residential's features will be available via the menus at the top of the screen. The
Navigator Bar will have just the features that you are interested in right now. For
example, there are separate sets of buttons for:

Setting up Right-Suite Residential for use

Designing a project

Presenting a project proposal to your customer

Managing your sales

If you would rather not use the Navigator Bar, you can turn it off and use Right-Suite
Residential screen-by-screen. Select each screen using the toolbar or the menu at the top
of the screen.
There will be a checkmark next to the View | Navigator Bar menu item when the
Navigator Bar is active.
To use the Right-Suite Residential screen-by-screen, un-check the menu item:
Click the View | Navigator Bar item in the Right-Suite Residential menus
across the top of the screen.

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User type selector


Select which set of buttons to display with the selector at the bottom of the Navigator
Bar.

Design - Click here when you want to start a new project and do the design.
Sales - Click here when you are with a customer and are presenting the project
design that you have already done. You can also do simple, pre-sales designs
from here.
Manage Sales - Click here to monitor your sales efforts, add a new customer,
etc.
Setup - Click here to customize Right-Suite Residential, create project
templates, set the preference library up, etc. This section prepares RSR in order
to speed up the process of designing a project.

button in the bottom left corner to minimize the Navigator Bar. It will
Click on the
squeeze to the left so that it doesn't take up much room. You might want to do this
during a sales presentation, for example. To return the Navigator Bar to normal size,
click on the

button on the minimized Navigator Bar.

Navigator Bar Buttons


The following sections will introduce the buttons that are in each user type above.

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Design
Project Wizard
Create a new project using a step-by-step wizard.
Draw
Displays the Right-Draw Screen so that you can draw the
floorplan, duct system, radiant panels, etc. for your project. You
can also display this screen by selecting Show | Drawing Screen
from the top menu.
Equipment
Enter equipment systems in the Right-$ System Comparison
Screen to justify purchasing high efficiency equipment due to
lower operating costs. You can also display this screen by
selecting Show | Right-$ | System Comparison from the top
menu.
Bill of Materials
Displays the Right-Proposal Bill of Materials Screen for review
and modification to complete the project. You can also display
this screen by selecting Show | Right-Proposal Plus | Bill of
Materials from the top menu.
Proposal
Displays the Right-Proposal Plus Proposal Document to prepare
for presentation to the customer. You can also display this
screen by selecting Show | Right-Proposal Plus | Proposal
Document from the top menu.
Print
Print reports to submit to your customer or for your internal files.
You can also print reports by selecting File | Print or File | Print
Preview from the top menu.

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Sales
About Us
This button displays an introduction to your company for your
customer. See the Setup section for information about customizing this
button.
Manufacturer
This button displays an introduction to the equipment that you intend to
provide for your customer. See the Setup section for information about
customizing this button.
Sales Wizard
This is a step-by-step wizard to create a new project. You might use
this for simple, pre-sales designs.
Questionnaire
Use this to determine you customer's needs by having them answer a
series of questions. The questions are presented like wizards - one
question per screen.
Draw, Equipment, Proposal, and Print
These are just like in the Design section above. They are used to
complete and present the project proposal to your customer.
Product Info
This section can be used to display specifications and data sheets for the
equipment that you are proposing to use in this project.
Investments
This displays the Right-$ Investment Comparison charts to demonstrate
cost savings, etc. graphically to your customer. You can also display
this screen by selecting Show | Right-$ | System Comparison from the
top menu.
Testimonial
This button displays testimonials from your existing customers for your
customer. See the Setup section for information about customizing this
button.

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Manage Sales
DashBoard
Displays a screen that shows statistics about each of the members
of your sales team's efforts - closing ration, average sale value,
actual sales vs sales goals, etc. You can also display this screen
by selecting Show | Right-Sales Manager | Dashboard from
the top menu.
Scorecard
Compares sales statistics of your entire sales team. You can also
display this screen by selecting Show | Right-Sales Manager |
Scorecard from the top menu.
Proposals
Shows a database of all proposals - opened or closed. You can
use this screen to monitor open proposals, etc. You can also
display this screen by selecting Show | Right-Sales Manager |
Proposals from the top menu.
Customers
Shows your customer database. You can also display this screen
by selecting Show | Right-Sales Manager | Customers from the
top menu.

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Setup
Customize
Allows you to customize the appearance of the Navigator Bar
and elements of the sales presentation in the Sales section. See
below for information about specific customizations.
Template Wizard
This generates a project template step-by-step.
Library Setup
Here is where you define collections of preferences that you store
in a library. When you create a project, you can select the entire
collection at once. This can speed up creating a project. See the
Library chapter for more information about the Library.
Sales Manager
Here is where you set up Right-Sales Manager with your sales
personnel, etc.
Excel Import
You can import data from a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet into
your Right-Proposal Parts database. See C:\Program
Files\Wrightsoft HVAC Test\Data\Excel import\Sample Parts
Template.xls for details on how to do this.

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Wizards
A lot of the buttons on the Navigator Bar request information in the form a wizard. A
wizard requests one or a few bits of information at a time step-by-step. At each step
there is a 'Back' and either a 'Next' button or a 'Finish' button. You can navigate through
the wizard by providing the information to each page and then clicking on the 'Next'
button.
The last page will have a 'Finish' button. Click on this button complete the wizard.
You can back track to a previous page by clicking on the 'Back' button until you get to
the page that you want.
In addition, the Navigator Bar has a button for each step of the wizard, so you can jump
directly to the page you want.
Be sure to click on the 'Finish' button on the 'Finish' page when you are done making
changes.

Customizations
You can customize the appearance of the Navigator Bar and the presentation screens in
the Sales section. See the 'Customize' button in the 'Setup' Section above.
1.

Report Logo - You can replace the house logo at the top of the printed reports
with your own company logo. The logo must be a bitmap image (with a file
extension of .bmp) and in 256 color format. You can use a logo that you
already have by browsing to it on your computer. You can also create a new
one on this page.

2.

Background page - When Right-Suite Residential is run, the first page shows
the Wrightsoft background page. This is just a web page that we have included
with Right-Suite Residential. You can replace this backround with your own
web page if you want. Any file in HTML format can be used. You can also
construct a background web page here by entering your company name and
slogan and selecting a logo.

3.

Skin chooser - The Navigator Bar is normally blue with 3-D blue and tan
buttons. You can change the overall appearance of the buttons here.

4.

Company Presentation - This is where you can set what is displayed when you
click on the 'About Us' button in the Sales section of the Navigator Bar. You
can even change what the button says - 'About Fresh Air' instead of 'About Us'
for example. What is displayed when you click this button can be almost any
type of presentation. If you can view it on your computer, you can view it when
you click on the 'About Us' button. It can be HTML web pages, a Microsoft

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PowerPoint presentation, or even a video. It is intended to introduce you to


your company, so go crazy.
5.

Company Presentation 2 - This is where you can set what is displayed when
you click on the 'Manufacturer' button in the Sales section of the Navigator Bar.
You can even change what the button says - 'About our products' instead of
'About Them' for example. What is displayed when you click this button can be
almost any type of presentation. If you can view it on your computer, you can
view it when you click on the 'Manufacturer' button. It can be HTML web
pages, a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, or even a video. It is intended to
introduce the products that you use to your company, so go crazy. You might
even be able to get the manufacturer to supply you with what you need for this.

6.

Testimonial Video/Presentation - This is where you can set what is displayed


when you click on the 'Testimonial' button in the Sales section of the Navigator
Bar. You can even change what the button says if you want. What is displayed
when you click this button can be almost any type of presentation. If you can
view it on your computer, you can view it when you click on the 'Testimonials'
button. It can be HTML web pages, a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, or
even a video.

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5
Step 1 - Describe the Building
This chapter tells you how to use Right-Draw as a fast and efficient
way to enter a building description into RSR PE. Right-Draw will
also help you layout your equipment, ducts, air outlets and radiant
panels.
The first example is a one-room building. This simple building will
teach you how to use the HVAC Shapes.
The second example has many rooms on two levels. Here we will
demonstrate the procedure for describing a more complex building
in Right-Draw.

What is Right-Draw ....................................................... 50


Key Right-Draw Screen Components............................ 50
A One-Room Example .................................................. 52
A Room-by-Room Example........................................... 64
Sheets & Layers ............................................................ 80
Things to Remember..................................................... 88

What is Right-Draw?
Right-Draw is a revolutionary graphical interface for describing buildings. It simplifies
your work by taking full advantage of the power of computers and Windows. You can
draw a complete project layout that includes a floor plan, the duct and HVAC equipment
location and radiant panels. Right-Draws HVAC Shapes Toolbox gives you a simple
drag-and-drop method to add building components, including rooms, windows, doors,
radiant panels and more, to the drawing area. Right-Draw makes automated HVAC
design a reality. As you draw your building, all of the necessary data is transferred to
Right-J for load calculations and to all the other RSR PE modules. With one click,
Right-D or Right-HV Duct can size your duct system and draw the duct layout on the
floor plan. Right-Draw gives you complete graphical control over air outlets (the term
'register' is used in the Right-Draw screen for the air outlets), units and ducts.
Right-Draw will change the way you do residential HVAC system design.
Right-Draw provides a graphical approach to entering building descriptions. It can
be used instead of the Right-J Worksheet or as a supplement to the Worksheet.

In this chapter we will create 2 buildings. Both building descriptions are from ACCA's
Manual J, Eighth Edition.

A one-room building (Examples 1 and 3)

A house with several rooms, windows, doors, floors and ceilings (Long Residence)

Monitor Screen Resolution & Right-Draw


The screen images shown in these examples use a screen resolution of 800 x 600. Your
computer may be capable of displaying at higher resolutions, 1024 x 768, for example.
You should use the highest resolution that allows the maximum amount of drawing space
with acceptable readability of the text on the screen. The only way to determine the
optimum screen resolution for your monitor is to try different resolutions. Start with the
highest resolution available. Experiment with large and small font options. If you have
to strain your eyes to read the screen, lower the resolution and try it again. You will
probably have to settle on a compromise between viewing as much as possible on the
drawing area and being able to read the rest of the screen.

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Key Right-Draw Screen Components


Default
Construction
Numbers
(DCN's)

Right-Draw
Toolbar
Catalog Bar

Compass
Rulers

Sheets &
Layers Tree

Drawing Area

HVAC
Shapes
Toolbox

Load Meter

The HVAC Shapes Toolbox


The HVAC Shapes Toolbox is a simple way to select building objects to place on the
Right-Draw drawing area. When you start Right-Draw, the HVAC Shapes Toolbox
appears near the lower right corner of the screen, but you can move it wherever you want
on the screen, by clicking the title bar and dragging the toolbox to a new location.
Select the type of object you want to add to the drawing area by clicking on the
appropriate button in the toolbox. There are two ways to add a shape. You can just click
the mouse button anywhere in the drawing area and the shape will appear at the default
size and shape, or you can click and hold the mouse button then drag; release the mouse
button when the shape is the desired size.
Window
Room
Floor
Selection arrow
Door
Skylight
Return register
(air outlet)
Supply register
(air outlet)
Return duct
Radiant panel manifold

Ceiling/roof
Radiant panel
Unit
Supply duct
Duct reduction
Duct fitting assembly
Snow melt boundry
Radiant loop tails

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If you forget what a shape is, hold the mouse pointer over the shape in the toolbox.
A reminder will soon appear below the mouse pointer.

You can view or not view many aspects of the drawing screen under View (catalog,
bird's eye viewer, default construction number bar) or Drawing (HVAC Shapes Toolbox) in
the main menu.

Use the bird's eye viewer (found under View | Bird's Eye Viewer) to view a
building at a distance. You can move the bounding box (black outline) to change the focus
of the building on the drawing area. Resize the bounding box to zoom in and out.
Typically, the zoom buttons, located at the top of the screen, are more convenient for
zooming.

A One-Room Example
This first example is Examples 1 and 3 from Manual J, Eighth Edition, combined
(heating and cooling loads). The figure and table below describe the building. Although
this building has at least 4 rooms (we are told that there are 3 bedrooms), we will ignore
the internal walls and describe the entire house as if it was one large room. This is how
you would perform an 'Entire House' design (block load).

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Item

Weather
location
Indoor
conditions
Winter
humidification
Walls
Ceiling
Windows
Door
Floor
Infiltration
Ducts
Internal loads
Bedrooms
Equipment

Description
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Htg - 70oF with 20% RH humidification
Clg - 75oF and dry coil (45% RH or less)
Yes, at 20% RH (evaporative)
Wood 2"x4" frame walls with brick veneer, R-13 blanket
insulation, R-2 board insulation and interior finish
R-30 insulation above an 8ft ceiling, FHA vented attic, no radiant
barrier and dark shingle roof
Generic double pane, wood frame, fixed sash, clear glass
window with drape half closed
Wood panel
Passive slab floor on light, dry soil with 3ft (vertical) of R-5 edge
insulation
Average construction, no fire place
Radial duct system in attic, R-4 wall insulation, duct runs not
sealed
One refrigerator, one range with vented hood
3
Heat pump

Example Files for the One-Room Example


Demo or template file: Examples1and3Start.rrd
Completed demo file for comparison: ExExamples1and3.rrd
The examples will use the Demo mode of RSR PE. Your screens and your results
may be different when you use the full version or an OEM version.

Step 1a - Start a New Project From a Template With Preset Values


Start RSR PE.
To open the demo file, select File | Open | Demo... from the main menu.
Select ' Examples1and3Start.rrd' and click Open (this file is located in C:\My
Documents\Wrightsoft HVAC\Demo unless you installed these files in
another directory).

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We are now looking at the Project Information Screen. The location, design conditions,
infiltration and default construction numbers are already entered, and we can begin by
drawing the building; we will enter project information in the next example. The table
below shows the information that was entered into the 'Examples1and3Start' demo file
for us and which screens the information was entered into (the customer, contractor, and
job information, as well as the notes are not described below because they are not
pertinent to the calculations).
Item
Weather location
Design temperatures
Relative humidity
Blower power
Central supply AVF
Infiltration

Description
Santa Fe CO, NM, US
Htg - 70oF, Clg - 75 oF
Htg - 20%, Clg - 45%
500W
Htg - 0 cfm, Clg - 0 cfm
(values overridden)
Construction quality is
average, no fire place

Click the Right-Draw button

Screen
Project Information Screen
Zone Information Screen
Zone Information Screen
Zone Information Screen
Zone Information Screen
Infiltration Screen

to view the drawing screen.

Step 1b - Add Rooms, Doors & Windows


Before we start adding rooms, notice that the sample building is 35 by 50. The drawing
area is approximately 30'x50' at a resolution of 800x600. The resolution we are using
will not allow us to see the entire floor plan using the default scale. To change the scale
of our drawing area so that we can see the entire floor plan at once:
Click the right mouse button on one of the rulers on
the top or left of the drawing area. Currently, the scale
is set to 3/16" = 1'0".
Move the cursor over the scale you want to select to
highlight it then click the mouse. If we select 1/8 =
10", the drawing will be slightly smaller and we can
see the entire floor plan at once.

NOTE: If your screen resolution is set to 1024 x 768 or higher, you can leave the
scale set to 3/16" = 1'.

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Draw a room
Select the Room

shape from the HVAC Shapes Toolbox.

The mouse cursor will change from an arrow to a cross hair when you move your cursor
into the drawing area, indicating that you can add an object.
Click and hold down
the mouse button
anywhere in the
drawing area.
Drag the mouse
diagonally down and
to the right.
Drag until the room
dimensions are 14' x
14' and release the
mouse button.
As you draw the room, a note will pop-up with the dimensions of the room. We now
have a room in our drawing.
To select a room, click on a wall, not in the center of the room. A set of handles
appears when a room is selected (the little green squares around its perimeter). Once
selected, a room can be moved and resized using standard Windows procedures.

Move a room
Let us move the room to the upper left
corner of the drawing area.
Click anywhere inside the room
and hold the mouse button down.
Drag the room up and to the left
and drop it (release the mouse
button) in the upper left corner.

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We cannot drag the room past the dotted lines at the top and left of the drawing area;
these dotted lines represent the margins (you can change the margins, see page 135).

Resize a room
The room has eight handles (green squares); there is one at each corner and one at the
mid-point of each edge. As you move your cursor over the handles, the cursor will
change into arrows to indicate how you can resize the room with that handle. Let us
make our room larger so that it is 50 wide and 35 long.
Click and hold down the mouse button on the
handle in the middle of the right edge of the room.
The mouse pointer will change shape when you
move the cursor over the handle.
Drag the edge of the room to the right until the
dimensions are 50' x 14'. Then, release the mouse
button to accept the new dimension.

Now for the other dimension. Click and hold down the mouse button on the
middle handle on the bottom of the room.
Drag the bottom of the room down until the dimensions are 50' x 35'.
Release the mouse button to accept the new dimension.
Use the edge handles to change one dimension at a time or use the corner
handles to change both dimensions at once.
When you are adding an object or moving one, notice that indicators appear in the
rulers to show the current location. You can use these markers to accurately place objects
on your drawing.

You can also use the keyboard to move and resize rooms and other objects. With
the room selected, use the arrow keys to move the entire room without changing its size
and shape. If you hold the <Shift> key down while pressing the arrow keys, you can resize
the room.

Name a room
Right-Draw names rooms as you add them (Room1, Room2 and so on), but you can
change the name. We will change the name of the room we just added to Santa Fe.

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Click to select the room (the green handles will appear) and just type the new
name, Santa Fe. Click anywhere in the drawing area to accept the name.

Right-Draw & the Right-J Worksheet


Right-Draw automatically fills out the Right-J Worksheet as you draw a building. Let us
take a quick detour and check the progress.
Click the Right-J

button on the Function Selector Toolbar.

Click the Right-J Worksheet

button on the Screen Toolbar.

This example uses the Manual J Eighth Edition calculation method. Therefore, the
Eighth Editon worksheet is displayed. When you use the Seventh Edition calculation
method, the Seventh Edition worksheet will be displayed.

At the top right of the screen you will see that a room named 'Santa Fe' has been added.
The room dimensions on line 4 are 50 x 35 (the resized dimensions). There is also a
column for the 'Entire House' where the summary is located for the entire house, which is
one room in this case.
In lines 6 through 11, the 4 walls (W), the ceiling (C) and the floor (F) are listed. The
construction information is listed in the 'Construction number' field for each building
component. The construction numbers that have been added, are the default construction
numbers (which we will discuss later). Areas and heating and cooling loads have been
calculated.

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Click the Right-Draw

button to return to drawing screen.

Add doors
There is 1 door on our building on the north side. If you look at the compass on the
upper right corner of the Right-Draw Screen, you will notice that the long side of the
building currently faces north. In the figure at the beginning of the chapter, the short side
of the building faces north; therefore, we need to change the orientation of our building.
We can use the compass to change the orientation.
To change the orientation of the building, double click on the compass arrow
that points NORTH in your drawing. In this case, double click on the arrow
that currently points west.
The red point on the compass will change to point north.
To see the 'worst case' orientation for your building's load (highest cooling load),
double click on the yellow center. RSR PE will move the NORTH compass point to show
the orientation for the worst-case load (NOTE: This feature does not update as you draw
so you have to double click the center whenever you want to see the worst case
orientation).

Select the Door

shape from the HVAC Shapes Toolbox.

Click on the north wall 16' from the top and drag the mouse down until the
door length is 3'. Release the mouse button.
A door will be added to that wall.

Add windows
There is only one window. Adding windows is just as easy as adding doors.
Click on the Window

shape.

Click on the west wall 10' from the north wall.


Drag to the right until the window is 20' wide then release the mouse button.

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Property Sheets
Now we need to add the drapes. We can do this in the Property Sheets. Every object
that is on the drawing area has a set of properties associated with it. These properties can
be viewed and changed in the Property Sheets. To view a Property Sheet, select the
object (make sure you can see the green handles for the desired object) then right click.
In the Property Sheets you can type in values or make selections from drop down menus.
To update the fields and view the changes, press <Enter>, click anywhere inside the
Property Sheet or close the Property Sheet.
Make sure the window is selected (green handles visible) and your cursor is
over the window (the cursor will change to a crosshair with arrow ends), then
right click. You should be looking at the Property Sheet for the window (titled
'Window details' at the top). If the Property Sheet is not titled 'Window
details' at the top, click on the window and the Property Sheet will update.
Click on the 'Internal shade' field and select 'Drapes, medium'. Then click on
the 'Internal shade percent closed' field and enter '50'% for half closed.
We are done with the window Property Sheet. Before we close the Property
Sheet, take the time to become familiar with the window options that you can
change here. Click on the 'X' in the upper right corner to close the Property
Sheet.

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The default window height is entered automatically from the defaults in the Loads
Preferences Screen. We will provide more detail about this powerful screen a little later.

Step 1c - Add Vaulted Ceilings & Special Floors (if needed)


Right-Draw will automatically enter a ceiling and floor for each room with the default
construction numbers and use the room dimensions to calculate the areas. Add vaulted
ceilings and special floors when needed. For this example, we do not need to add special
floors or ceilings.

shape) are used when you have vaulted or cathedral


Special ceilings (Ceiling/roof
ceilings. You would also use special ceilings if your ceiling was not flat or if there are
two ceiling types in one room. To add a special ceiling to a room or building, select the
Ceiling shape then draw the ceiling over the portion of the room or building where the
ceiling is needed. Select the ceiling type and enter the dimensions. Verify that the
construction information is correct.
shape) are used when a room has more than one floor type
Special floors (Floor
(for example, if part of a room was over a crawl space). To add a special floor you
would draw the floor in the portion of the room where the special floor was needed.
Select the floor type and Right-Draw calculates the floor areas for both floor types.

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Internal gains
There are 4 (3+1) people and one 'appliance' (one refrigerator, one range with vented
hood) in this building. We need to enter this information into the room Property Sheet.
Select the room (make sure the green handles are showing) and right click.
The room Property Sheet will appear. Notice that there are 4 tabs at the top. The room
Property Sheet contains information about the room and its walls, ceiling and floor. Take
a minute to click on each of the tabs to become familiar with the information found here.
Click on the Room tab and enter '4' in the 'Number of occupants' field and '1'
in the 'Number of appliances' field.
You do not need to close the Property Sheet to change another construction's
properties. Just select a different object in the drawing area and the Property Sheet will be
updated for your selection.
See Manual J, Eighth Edition for a discussion of appliance loads and internal gains.

Now we need to enter the duct losses, which can also be set in the Loads Preferences
Screen.
Click on either the 'Duct loss %' or 'Duct gain %' field (they are connected,
you enter both loss and gain at the same time) and click on the Choices
button.
The 'Duct Loads' window will appear. Select the following for both Supply
and Return ducts and click OK to close the window.
Field
Duct location
Roof material
Roof color
Duct system
Sealed
Insulation R-value

Selection
Vented attic
Asphalt shingles
Dark
Radial, perimeter outlets
Unsealed
4.0

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Click on the 'X' in the upper right corner to close the Property Sheet.
We have completed the building description for the one-room building. Click on the
Right-J Worksheet button to view the completed load calculations. There are two
columns, one for the 'Entire House' and one for the room named 'Santa Fe'. If there were
more rooms, you could use the arrows at the top to scroll through them.
The numbers on the left side of the screen correspond with the line numbers used in
Form J1 from Manual J, Eighth Edition. Lines 6 through 11 show the details for the
constructions. You can also see that the room has 4 walls, one glazing, one door, a
ceiling and a floor (see table below for an explanation of the abbreviations on the
Worksheet).
Scroll to the bottom to see the envelope loss/gain, infiltration, ventilation, internal gains,
subtotals and duct loads (NOTE: The image below has been modified so that you can
see all of the information in a smaller space).

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Abbreviation
W
G
D
C
F

Meaning
Wall
Glazing
Door
Ceiling
Floor

Abbreviation
Ty
Or
HTM
N/P/S

Meaning
Construction type
Orientation
Heat Transfer Multiplier
Net area (for walls and doors) /
Perimeter (for slab floors) / Shaded
(for windows with an overhang)

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A Room-by-Room Example
We are going to use the Long Residence from Manual J, Eighth Edition for the room-byroom example. Below are the floor plan and construction details.

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Item

Description

Weather location

Cedar Rapids, IA

Cooling/heating dry bulb

89 F/-5 F

Indoor conditions-cooling/heating

75 F/70 F, no humidification

Relative humidity
Construction

55%

Walls

Windows

First Floor - brick veneer, 1/2" asphalt board sheathing, wood 2"x4" studs,
R-11 blanket insulation and gypsum board finish, height 8'
Basement - 8" concrete block, no insulation in cores, R-5 board insulation
from the sill plate to the floor and 1/4" wood panel finish; 3' above grade,
5' below grade
First Floor - clear, double pane, wood frame, no overhang shade, vertical
sliders, full outdoor insect screen, blinds closed at 45o. Dining & Living
Rooms - fixed sash, drape half open, no insect screen
Basement - clear, single pane plus storm, metal no-break frame, no insect
screen or internal shade

Ceiling

R-19 insulation, FHA vented attic, no radiant barrier and dark shingle roof

Floors

Basement - concrete slab with no insulation below the floor

Metal with polystyrene core, small glass areas ignored


Doors
Miscellaneous

Infiltration

Average, no fire place

Indoor
conditioning

Heating and cooling for all rooms except the Shop and Utility which is
heating only

Internal
loads

One refrigerator, one range with vented hood, washer and dryer, electronic
equipment and lighting

Ducts
System
capability
Equipment

Trunks and branches in basement. About 35% of the surface area is in the
portion of basement that is not cooled during the summer. Seams not
sealed, duct walls have R-4 insulation
A central, constant volume system provides heating, sensible cooling,
summer dehumidification, air filtration and one point of control for the
entire structure (single zone system).
Furnace with atmospheric burner and a refrigerant coil. Cooling coil is
matched with a remote condensing unit. Manufacturer's specification sheet
lacks a deduction for blower heat

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Example Files for the Room-by-Room Example


Demo file: LongResidenceStart.rrd
Completed demo file for comparison: ExLongResidence.rrd
The examples will use the Demo mode of RSR PE. Your screens and your results
may be different when you use the full version or an OEM version.

Step 1a - Start a New Project


Start RSR PE.
To start the Demo file, select File | Open | Demo... then choose
'LongResidenceStart.rrd'.
The first example was simple enough that we could just set the defaults and draw the
building components. This example is a little more complex, so we will be learning how
to allow for a variety of situations.

Run the project wizard


Select Show | Wizards | Project wizard from the menu.

We want to use the demo project that we just opened as a starting point.
Click on the 'Current project' button.
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Verify/set project information

Fill in the customer information.


Click the 'Next' button.

Enter a job number, today's date, your initials and any notes you might want
to include.
Click the 'Next' button.

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For this example, we will leave the Indoor conditions to the default. Note that the
Outdoor conditions can't be changed because we are using a Demo project. When you
create your own projeccts, you will be able to change the outdoor design conditions.

You can define new design conditions by clicking on the


button next to the drop
down list. The new design condtions will then appear in the drop down list. See the
Library chapter for more information.

Normally, the information so far (contractor and weather) will be in your template file. If
you have any special weather conditions that you want to use, you would change them
after the wizard has been completed.
Click the 'Next' button.

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Select 'Long Residence Example in Users Guide' from the list of Building
Types.
This building type has been preset to have 2 stories named First Floor and Basement with
the appropriate elevations. When we start to draw our house, there will already be 2
levels created.
Select 'Long Residence Example in Users Guide' from the list of
Construction Materials.
Construction materaials have been preset for the First Floor for this example.
Select 'Average' from the list of infiltration Tighness'
Leave the Occupancy at 0 for now. We will change it later.
Click the 'Next' button

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Leave the Systems at the default for this example.


Click the 'Next' button

Leave the Distribution Preferences at the default for this example.


Click the 'Next' button

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Select the 'ACCA1' report set from the drop down list.
Click the 'Next' button
Click the 'Finish' button

Step 1b - Add Rooms, Doors & Windows


Now, we can start drawing the building.
Click on the

button to display the Right-Draw Screen.

Change the scale


Before we start adding rooms, notice that the sample building is 51 north to south and
29 east to west. If we look at drawing area, the rulers show 26'x46' at the resolution we
are using (800 x 600). We will need to change the scale to see the entire floor plan at
once.

Click the right mouse button on one of the rulers on the top or left of the
drawing area. Currently, the scale is set to 3/16"
= 1'0".
Move the cursor over the scale you want to
select to highlight it then click the mouse. If we

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select 1/8 = 10", the drawing will be slightly smaller and we can see the
entire floor plan at once.

NOTE: If your screen resolution is set to 1024 x 768 or higher, you can leave the
scale set to 3/16" = 1'.

Change the orientation


On the figure at the beginning of the chapter, you will see that north is on the left side of
the page. We need to change the orientation in RSR PE so that we can describe this
building.
To change the orientation of the building, double click on the
compass arrow that points NORTH in your drawing. In this
case, double click on the arrow that currently points west.
The red point on the compass will change to point north.
Click on the Building layer on the First Floor so that we can add rooms to the
First Floor.

The Layers have been preset fro the Building Type Library. See the Advanced
Building Description chapter for more information about adding and editing Layers
manually.

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Add rooms
To add the Laundry - 7' x 11':

Click on the Room


button in the HVAC
Shapes toolbox.

Click and hold down the mouse button in the upper left corner of the drawing
area. Drag down and to the right until the dimensions are 7 wide and 11
high. Type Laundry to name the room.
Add the Kitchen in the same manner. Draw a room that is 11' wide and 11'
high then name it 'Kitchen'.
Watch the Load Meter change as you draw.

The rooms that we are drawing will have the default values we set in the Loads
Preferences Screen. Notice that Right-Draw knows that the common wall between the 2
rooms is an interior wall and has displayed it as a thin line. This wall is not included in
the external wall calculations.
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Draw Bath 1, Bedroom


3, Bedroom 2 and
Dining Room (see floor
plan on page 64 for the
dimensions).

Add the Living Room,


Bath 2 and Bedroom 1.

The remaining 'room' is the hall and closets. We will need to use the 'edit points'
function to create this room. Once you have placed an HVAC Shape onto your drawing,
you can change the shape with the 'edit points' button. When you select your object then
click on the edit points button, you can reshape the object by moving points (black
handles) or by stretching walls (which will create new points). The lines connected to
the points will stretch to the new location.
Click the Room button then draw a room between the Living Room and
Bedroom 1 (like the figure to the below).

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Click the Edit Points

button.

The green handles that are around the perimeter of the room will turn to black squares
("points").

Stretch the room to fill the


space. Drag corners and
walls until the room fills
the space.

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Click the Edit Points button again when you are done

Zoom in if you are having a difficult time placing the points. Working with edit points is
almost impossible if you turn the snap points off (see Chapter 8). Also note that oddshaped room dimensions are shown in the format 1'x237' (1' x the area) in the Right-J
Worksheet.
Your room should look like this:

Name the room 'Hall'.

To change the position of the room name, hold the Shift key down and drag the
room name.

Add doors
There are 2 doors in our example: one in the Laundry on the east side of the house and
one in the front on the west side.
Select the Door shape from
the HVAC Shapes Toolbox.
Click in the center of the
outside wall of Hall A. The
default width is 3', which is
the width we need.

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Now add the door to the Laundry use the figure on page 64 to determine the
location. Click on the Door shape then click, hold the mouse button down
and drag until the door is 3' wide.
The door that is added opens from the top right of the door opening. We want ours to
open from the bottom right. We can change this in the Property Sheet for the door.
Click the right mouse button on the door in the Laundry.
Change the 'Door type' from 'Opening
TopRight' to 'Opening BottomRight'.
Close the Property Sheet to see the
change.

Add windows
Adding windows is just like adding doors.
Select the Window shape
from the HVAC Shapes
Toolbox.
Click and drag on the
east wall of the Kitchen
until the window is 3'
wide.

The windows in the Kitchen, Bath 1, Bedroom 3, Bedroom 2, Bath 2 and Bedroom 1
have the default construction information that was set in the Loads Preferences Screen,

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but the widths are different. We can change the width of the Kitchen window to be 2' 8"
in the Property Sheet. Let us take a look at the properties of the window in the Kitchen.

Select the Kitchen


window. Click the right
mouse button with the
mouse pointer over the
window in the Kitchen.
We need to change the width
of the window.
Click on the 'Window
width' field and enter
2.75' (the program will
round the value to 2.8
but will use 2.75 in the
calculations).
When you press <Enter> or
click outside of that field, the
area will be recalculated to
11ft (NOTE: You can only
enter decimal values in the
Property Sheets).

If you cannot see some of the fields, stretch the Property Sheet window. You
can also move the center divider.
We can either draw each window or copy this window for all of the other windows. The
properties are the same except for the width for the windows in all of the First Floor
rooms except the Dining and Living Rooms.
To copy the Kitchen window, select the window and move your cursor over
the window (the crosshair with the arrows should be visible). Press the
<Ctrl> key and hold it down, click the window you just added and drag the
copy to the outside wall of Bath 1. Release the mouse button.
Adjust the width to be 2'.
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Copy the Kitchen window to add the rest of the windows. Adjust the heights
and widths in the Property Sheets, where necessary (refer to the figure on
page 64).

We need to change the construction information for the Dining and Living Room
windows.
Select all three windows in the Dining and Living Rooms. To do this, click on
a window then press <Shift> as you click the other two windows (multiple
selection). The first window you select will have green handles; the others
will have light blue handles.
Right click the mouse to view the Property Sheet for these windows.
Notice that the orientation field is blank. This is because the windows have different
orientations. Fields will be blank if the data is not the same for all of the objects selected.
Only common data appears in the Property Sheet when multiple objects are selected.
Change the construction number to '1E-c2fw, wood frame, fixed sash, clear,
2 pane'. Change the internal shade to 'Drapes, medium', and the internal
shade fraction closed to 50%. There is no insect screen on these windows,
so select 'none'.
You have just changed the construction information for all three windows at once.
Multiple-selection is a quick way to change properties.

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Step 1c - Add Vaulted Ceilings & Special Floors (if needed)


Once again, the floor and ceiling have been added automatically. To remove the floor
from our example, we will add a basement below this story.
Right-Draw removes interior floors from upper story rooms and interior ceilings
from lower story rooms.

Step 1d - Repeat Steps 1b & 1c for Each Level


Sheets & Layers
Right-Draw uses multiple sheets and layers on the drawing area, almost like transparent
paper drawing pages that can be stacked on top of one another.

Sheets are used for levels (stories) in the building. You can add additional sheets as
needed. Sheets contain layers. Each sheet has a default color (blue for the first
sheet, maroon for the second and so on).

Layers are specialized subsets of sheets that contain specific things. For example,
the Building layer contains building components only, such as rooms, windows,
doors, flat ceilings and floors. So far, we have been working in the Building layer of
a single sheet. Right-Draw uses another layer for ducts and two layers for radiant
heating (Radiant floor and Radiant ceiling). There is even a Notation layer that
contains text, graphics, lines and other drawing shapes you might add to a drawing.
The Building, Ducts and Radiant panel layers are shown in the sheet default colors;
the Notation layer is black by default.

Layers and Sheets can be made visible or hidden by checking or un-checking the box to
the left of their name in the Sheets & Layers Tree. Checking or un-checking a sheet
checkbox controls all the layers within that sheet.

Right-Draw can open an AutoCAD file on a separate CAD layer. You can then
trace rooms, windows, doors and other components onto the Building layer. See page
130 for details.

Because the Building layer in the First Floor layer is checked, it is visible in the drawing
area. The Ducts layer exists, but it is not visible because it is not checked.

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The sheet name is displayed in color when it is selected. All the building
components in each sheet will be drawn using the same color as the sheet name. For
example, walls, windows, doors, rooms, etc. in 'Sheet 1' will be displayed in blue. All of
these same components in 'Basement' will be displayed in maroon.

We need to add 2 rooms to the basement. We can use the First Floor itself as a drawing
template.
Make sure that the check boxes next to both the First Floor and Basement sheets are
checked. This means that both sheets will be displayed - superimposed on top of one
another.
Click on the Building layer of the Basement sheet so that we can add rooms
to the Basement.

Add rooms to the second story


Click on the Building layer in the Basement sheet (should be maroon) so that
any rooms, etc. that we add will go into the Basement sheet.
Click on the Room
shape in the HVAC
Shapes Toolbox.
Click on the upper left
corner of the Laundry
and drag down and to
the right until the
dimensions read
24'x29'. Name the room
'Shop and Utility'.
Notice that the room is a different color than the rooms in the First Floor. This helps us
distinguish one floor from the other when both are visible.
Make sure the Shop and Utility is selected then press <Ctrl>. Drag the copy
until the left side of the new room is on top of the right side of the Shop and
Utility. Resize the new room to be 27'x29' and name it 'Rec Room'.
Let us hide the First Floor now that we have established the size and position
of the basement rooms.
Click on the check-box next to First Floor sheet to un-check it.

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We are now looking


at just the Second
Floor. The First Floor
is still there; it is just
invisible at the
moment. Now we
need to complete the
rooms in the
Basement.

Add windows
We need to add the windows to the basement. All of the windows are 2.5' wide and 1.5'
tall. They do not have insect screens or an internal shade.
Click on the Window shape and draw a 2' wide window in the Shop and
Utility room on the east side of the building.
Right click on the window to open the Property Sheet. Change the
construction number to '1C-c1oms, metal frame, no break, operable, clear, 1
pane, storm'. Change the width to 2.5' and the height to 1.5'. Change the
internal shade and insect screen to 'none'. Close the Property Sheet
Copy this window to create the other windows. To copy the window, select it
then press <Ctrl> and drag to a new location. Create 4 more windows like
this one (5 total). Use the figure on page 64 to place the windows.

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Basement walls
Currently, the basement walls have the default construction number, the same as the first
floor. We need to change these constructions to match the basement wall constructions.
In the Manual J example, the construction used has an insulation value of R-5. To
achieve this value by hand, the U-value from an R-4 insulation was averaged with the Uvalue from an R-6 insulation. For this example, we are going to be conservative and use
the R-4 insulation and, for now, choose a construction that is 4' below grade.
Select both basement rooms (click on one then press <Shift> when you click
on the other).
Right click to bring up the Property Sheet.
Click on the Wall tab.
Change the 'Wall 1, type' field to '15A-4sfoc-4, basement wall - block, open
core, no framing or interior finish, R-4 foam board to floor, 4' below grade'.
Click OK.
The Shop and Utility is only heated, therefore we need to change the room conditioning
to heating only.
Keeping the Property Sheet open, click in the drawing area (away from the
rooms) to deselect the rooms then click on the Shop and Utility to show the
Property Sheet for that room.
Click on the 'Room condition' field and select 'Heating only'
RSR PE automatically places a partition between rooms with different room
conditioning. The partition is associated with the Rec Room. Which room the partition
is associated with depends on the conditioning of the adjacent rooms. In this example,
the partition is associated with the room that is heated and cooled and thus would gain or
lose heat. If a heating only room were placed next to a cooling only room, both rooms
would get a partition.
In the Manual J Long Residence example, a below grade depth of 5' is achieved by
averaging the U-value from the constructions for 4' and 6' depths. We need to do the
same thing in RSR PE to achieve an average depth of 5'. We could be conservative and
choose a below grade depth of 4', but for this example, we are going to show the process
of creating multiple wall types in one room.
To achieve an average below grade depth of 5', we need to tell RSR that half of the wall
is 4' below grade and half the wall is 6' below grade. When we are done, there will be
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achieve the appropriate depth) and two for the Shop and Utility (to achieve the
appropriate depth). We will start with the Shop and Utility because it is already selected.
Click on the Wall tab.
In the Wall tab, you will see that the wall type that is selected for the Wall 1, type has a
below grade depth of 4' and the area is 616ft2. We will add the 6' below grade depth
construction then adjust the areas.
Click on the 'Wall 2, type' field and select '15A-4sfoc-6, basement wall block, open core, no framing or interior finish, R-4 foam board to floor, 6'
below grade'. Click OK.
We have now added our 6' below grade construction. Let us add areas to that
construction.
Click on the 'Wall 2, area' field to display the Wall Details window.
The Wall Details window is used to adjust Right-Draw's automatic wall area
calculations. You only need to do this if there is more than one wall in a room. Enter the
area adjustments as necessary. We need to adjust the areas of the north, east and west
walls. Let us start with the north wall. The wall is 29' long and 8' high therefore, we
want to add an area of 116ft2 (14.5'*8'; half of the total 29' wall length because the other
half will have the 4' depth).
Type '116' in the north 'Area adjustment' field.
The east and west walls will have the same area adjustment. We want an area of 96ft2
for the east and west walls (12'*8'; half of the total 24' wall length because the other half
will have the 4' depth).
Enter '96' for both the east and west walls then click OK.

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We now need to subtract the area we just added to the 6' depth construction from the 4'
depth construction so that our total area is correct.
Click on the 'Wall 1, area' field to display the Wall Details window for the 4'
depth construction.
We want to subtract the areas from this construction that we just added to
the 6' depth construction. To do this, type '-116' in the north 'Area
adjustment' field and '-96' in the east and west 'Area adjustment' fields.
Before you click OK, notice that the 'Total gross area' fields have been recalculated.

Click OK.
If you were to add up the areas from Wall 1 and Wall 2, we still have the same total area
that we had before we added the 6' below grade construction (616ft2). Now we need to
add the 6' below grade wall to the Rec Room
Keeping the Property Sheet open, click Rec Room to show the Rec Room
properties.
Click on the Wall tab.
In the Wall tab, you will see that in addition to the R-4, 4' below grade construction
(15A-4sfoc-6), a partition wall type has been entered. The Wall 1 type has a below grade
depth of 4' and an area of 664ft2. We will add the 6' below grade depth construction then
adjust the areas.
Before we add the 6' below grade construction, we will look at the partition. The
partition wall type is appropriate for this example, but we are going to look at the
partition construction because there is a Partition Adjacent Conditions window that you
should become familiar with.

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Click on the 'Wall 2, type' field; the construction should be '12C-0sw, frame
wall, siding or stucco exterior, wood stud framing, no board insulation, R-13
cavity insulation'. Click OK.
The Partition Adjacent Conditions window will appear. This window shows the adjacent
space conditioning and temperatures. Both temperatures can be overridden if desired.

The heating adjacent space temperature is from the setpoint of the adjacent zone if
you have a multizone building or from the winter outdoor temperature. You will not need to
override this value often because the outdoor heating temperature is conservative. The
cooling adjacent space temperature is the default for a shaded exterior wall and is
dependent on the partition construction. A heavier construction will yield a lower cooling
adjacent space temperature. If you have the situation where the adjacent room
temperature will be higher than the default value (for example, if the adjacent room is not
cooled, in the sun and all of the windows are closed) than you can override the value.
Both temperatures can be overridden.

We will leave these values, so click OK.


Next we need to add the 6' below grade construction.
Click on the 'Wall 3, type' field and select '15A-4sfoc-6, basement wall block, open core, no framing or interior finish, R-4 foam board to floor, 6'
below grade'. Click OK.
We have now added our 6' below grade construction. Let us add areas to that
construction.
Click on the 'Wall 3, area' field to display the Wall Details window.
We need to adjust the areas of the south, east and west walls. Let us start with the south
wall. The wall is 29' long and 8' high therefore, we want to add an area of 116ft2
(14.5'*8'; half of the 29' wall length because the other half will have the 4' below grade
construction).
Type '116' in the south 'Area adjustment' field.
The east and west walls will have the same area adjustment. We want an area of 108ft2
for the east and west walls (13.5'*8'; half of the 27' wall length because the other half will
have the 4' below grade construction).
Enter '108' for both the east and west walls then click OK.

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We now need to subtract the area we just added to the 6' below grade construction from
the 4' below grade construction so that our total area is correct.
Click on the 'Wall 1, area' field to display the Wall Details window for the 4'
below grade construction.
We want to subtract the areas from this construction that we just added to
the 6' below grade construction. To do this, type '-116' in the south 'Area
adjustment' field and '-108' in the east and west 'Area adjustment' fields.
Click OK then click on the 'X' in the upper right corner to close the Property
Sheet.
If you were to add up the areas from Wall 1 and Wall 3, we still have the same total
exterior wall area that we had before we added the 6' below grade construction (664ft2).

Ceilings & Floors


If you had a vaulted ceiling or a special floor, you would add them now. We do not need
to add special ceilings or floors to this building.
While we are discussing ceilings and floors, note that the internal floor from the first
floor and the ceiling from the basement have been removed automatically by RightDraw. Because Right-Draw knows the relative location of rooms and stories, we do not
have to remove the internal ceilings or floors.

Internal gains
The Long Residence in Manual J, Eighth Edition shows that there are 2 people in the
Living Room and 2 people in the Rec Room. With Right-Draw, you can enter the
occupant information into the Property Sheet for specific rooms. When you enter a
number in the 'Number of occupants' field in the room Property Sheet, RSR PE
multiplies that number with the default value located on the Loads Preferences Screen.
In this case, we are using 230 Btuh/person for sensible and 200 Btuh/person for latent
internal gain.
Select the Rec Room (make sure the green handles are showing) and right
click.
Select the Room tab.
Click on the 'Number of occupants' field and enter '2'.
Now we need to add 2 people to the Living Room. We do not need to close the Property
Sheet to do this.

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Click on the First Floor sheet check box to display the first floor.
Select the Living Room (make sure the green handles are only around the
Living Room).
The Property Sheet will update to show the Living Room properties. Click on
the 'Number of occupants' field and enter '2'.
Now we need to add the appliance internal loads. Again, we will select the rooms we
want to add the internal gains to and enter the values into the Property Sheets. We can
add the internal gains for the lights in the Living Room while we still have the Property
Sheet for the Living Room open.
Click on the 'Number of appliances' field and type '300'.
Remember that we entered a value of '1' in the Loads Preferences Screen. RSR PE will
multiply the value you enter into the Property Sheet by the value that is on the Loads
Preferences Screen (or on the Right-J Worksheet). Therefore, the total internal gain for
the Living Room will be 300 Btuh.
Select the Laundry room. The Property Sheet will update to show the
Laundry properties.
Enter '500' for the washer and dryer in the 'Number of appliances' field.
Repeat the same steps for the Kitchen (1,000 Btuh) and the Rec Room (600
Btuh).

Ventilation
Now that we have the building described, we should check the ventilation.

Click on the Zone Information


Screen.

button to display the Zone Information

In the Ventilation section there is a 'Central supply AVF' field that shows a value of 52
cfm. The system designer, for the example in Manual J, decided that this value was low
enough to disregard. No mechanical ventilation was used.

This value differs from the 36 cfm value that is calculated for the Manual J example
Version 1.1 February 2003 (from Worksheet E). This difference is due to changes in the
infiltration calculations outlined in Addendum D, May 2004. This small difference would
not affect the decision to disregard the ventilation.

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In RSR PE we can override this value and enter a value of '0' to indicate that no
mechanical ventilation should be considered.
Click on the heating 'Central supply AVF' field and press <F8> to override the
value.
Enter a value of '0'.
Repeat the same steps to enter a value of '0' for the cooling central supply
AVF.
The exhaust AVF will also change to '0'.
We have completed describing our second example building. Take a moment to review
the loads on the Load Meter, Right-J Worksheet and the Zone Information Screen. Also
check the Infiltration Screen summary.
You should save the project we have been working on.
Select File | Save As | Project... from the menu.
Type 'MyLongResidence' as the project name and click Save.

Things to Remember

The construction numbers for building components that you add to the drawing area
with the HVAC Shapes Toolbox are defined by the room default construction
numbers. Changing the default construction number settings has no effect on
building components already drawn.

Change a construction number for a specific building component without changing the
default construction number in the building component's Property Sheet.

Click the right mouse button on any object to see the Property Sheet for that object.

Use the Drawing | Repeat Last Selection menu option so that you do not need to
reselect building elements from the HVAC Shapes Toolbox. For example, you can
draw all of your rooms with out reselecting the Room shape.

Stretch window width by dragging one handle.

Hold down the <Shift> key to select any number of similar objects (multiple selection).
Then right-click to see the Property Sheet for the entire group. Common properties
will be displayed; fields that are different will be blank. Change any property, and you
will affect the entire group all at once. This is a quick way to change the construction
number for all of the windows on a floor.

Use <Ctrl>-drag to copy any object. You can also use <Ctrl-C> (Edit | Copy) and
<Ctrl-V> (Edit | Paste) to copy any object.

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Right-Draw automatically adds a floor and a ceiling to each room using the default
construction numbers. See the room Property Sheet for details.

To describe a multiple story building, put each story in its own sheet with different
elevations. Right-Draw will automatically remove interior floors and ceilings.

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Step 2 - Select the Equipment
How Does Multi-Zoning Work?...................................... 92
How Are Multiple Systems Handled? ............................ 92
Step 2a - Assign Zoning ................................................ 93
Step 2b - Assign Distribution Systems .......................... 96
Step 2c - Geothermal Loop ........................................... 97
Step 2d - Evaluate Equipment System Options............. 97
Step 2e - Select the Final Equipment System ............... 97
Things to Remember................................................... 100

This chapter continues where Chapter 4 leaves off. We will continue to use the file we
created in Chapter 4 but the data that we will be entering for this chapter is not from the
Manual J example. To begin, open the project that you created from Chapter 4.
Select File | Open | Project from the main menu.
Select MyLongResidence.rrd' from the list of demo files and click OK.

How Does Multi-Zoning Work?


RSR PE helps you divide a house into multiple HVAC system zones, calculate loads for
the zones, and size ducts for each zone. Your zone definitions are automatically linked
to other RSR PE program components.
The process for zoning is easy:
button in the Project Toolbar.

1.

Click the Multizone

2.

Click the first room you wish to assign to a zone, then click the Add Zone button and
enter the name of the zone.

3.

Drag-and-drop rooms into the new zone as required.

4.

Repeat steps 2 and 3 until all the rooms have been assigned to their proper zone.

This process usually takes less than a couple of minutes, even for a large number of
rooms.
It is important to note that as you enter a new zone name RSR PE will propagate
all changes through the project and move ducts, etc as required to suit the new zone
configurations. Also note that equipment can either be in individual zones, or the
equipment can be in the Entire House for central equipment in multiple zones.

How Are Multiple Systems Handled?


You can evaluate as many as four HVAC system alternatives in Right-$ for each HVAC
unit in your design. For designs with a single central unit, Right-$ can let you examine a
total of four system options. For multizone designs with a separate unit serving each
zone, there can be as many as four system alternatives for each zone. For example, a
three-zone house will have a total of 12 systems to consider (3 zones x 4 systems), but
you can only compare alternatives within a zone.
After you evaluate the system options in Right-$, select a system to be linked to the other
RSR PE functions as the Current System. Use the Options | Current System | (then

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choose Base System, Investment 1, Investment 2 or Investment 3) menu choice to


specify the system to be used in the calculations and reports.
When you select Options | Current System from the main menu, that system
option is selected for each zone. For example, if you have a three-zone project and you
select Investment 1 for Current System, the equipment you have defined as Investment 1
in Right-$ for each zone will become the current system for all other zones.

Step 2a - Assign Zoning


RSR PEs Multizone Tree makes it easy to add and delete zones and move rooms
between zones using either multiple HVAC units or a single central HVAC unit with
proportional zone dampers.

There are 4 zones in the sample house. The Rec Room and Shop and Utility will each
have their own zone, because they are conditioned differently. The 3 bedrooms and Bath
2 will be in one zone and the rest of the rooms on the first floor will be in a zone.
Open the Multizone Tree by clicking on the
button or selecting Show |
Multizone
Multizone from the main menu (you may also
press <Ctrl-M>).
Click on Bedroom 1 with your mouse and click
Add Zone. Type Bedrooms and click OK.
The 'Bedrooms' zone is created with the room
Bedroom 1 in it.
NOTE: To delete a zone, move all of the rooms from
the zone you want to delete into another zone.
To move other rooms into the 'Bedrooms' zone, click the room name and drag it to the
'Bedrooms' zone while holding down the mouse button. Release the button to drop the
room into the zone.

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Drag Bedroom 2, Bedroom 3 and Bath 2


into the 'Bedrooms' zone.

Click on the Shop and Utility then click Add


Zone and name the zone 'Basement 1'.
Click on the Rec Room then click Add
Zone and name the zone 'Basement 2'.

The other rooms are put in a zone called '(Rest of


House)'. We can change the name of this zone.
Click on the '(Rest of House)' zone.
Click the 'Rename' button and type in
'Living area' as the new name then click
Close to close the Multizone Tree.

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NOTE: The Multizone Tree, like the Load Meter can stay open while you work.
You can select different zones and view the data for each without having to open and
close the Multizone Tree every time you want to view a different zone.

Now that our rooms are in zones, we can view the different zones in the drawing screen.
To do this, click on the Show/Hide Zones
(furthest button to the left).

button in the Right-Draw Toolbar

Screens Linked to Zones


When multiple zones are used, RSR PE presents several types of information for each
zone instead of presenting it for the Entire House ('Entire House' is the name used for the
building if there is only one zone). As you move from one zone to another, the
Infiltration and Zone Information screens, as well as the Load Meter follow along by
displaying information for the zone you select in the Multizone Tree (you can also select
the zone by clicking on a room in that zone on the Right-Draw Screen). If you have
selected Equipment in Zones (separate HVAC systems in each zone) from Options in
the main menu, the Equipment Screen is also linked to the zone you select. The titles for
the Load Meter and for the Infiltration, Zone Information and Equipment (if the
equipment is in zones) screens show the selected zone.
For example, if you select Zone A to be displayed, then information for Zone A is
automatically loaded into the Infiltration and Zone Information screens and into the Load
Meter. To view the infiltration information for Zone B, you must select Zone B in the
Multizone Tree to switch zones. You can also view the infiltration, loads (Load Meter),
and zone information for the Entire House by selecting 'Entire House' in the Multizone
Tree. Please note that you cannot view the equipment for the 'Entire House' if the
equipment is in zones.

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Infiltration & zones


A building with zones will most likely have the same infiltration conditions for every
zone. Therefore, if you select a zone then view the Infiltration Screen, the Conditions
section will display the conditions for the Entire House not the zone you selected,
however, the summary at the bottom of the screen is for the selected zone.
If you have placed your rooms in zones, you also have the option of "isolating" a zone.
There will be occasions where a zone has different infiltration conditions than the rest of
the building. On the Infiltration Screen you will notice a checkbox for 'Isolated zone' in
the upper left corner. When you put a check in the 'Isolated zone' checkbox, you can set
the infiltration conditions for the selected zone. Now when you select other zones (not
isolated), the conditions at the top of the screen will be for the 'Entire House', but will
exclude the isolated zone.

How do I decide which rooms to group together in a zone?


Zones should consist of rooms that have similar loads and similar comfort control
requirements. Experience will help you decide how to zone a house. It is usually a good
idea to group rooms that have a similar solar exposure into one zone. Occupancy
schedules and opportunities for cooling thermostat setup are also key considerations.
Upper and lower floors are often separate zones.
Use the Multizone Tree to make what-if evaluations on your zoning scheme. You
can quickly move rooms from one zone to another and instantly see the effects on loads,
ducts and HVAC units.

See Chapters 13, Error! Reference source not found., and Error! Reference
source not found. for a complete discussion of zoning.

Step 2b - Assign Distribution Systems


HVAC equipment & zones
There are two choices for HVAC equipment in multizone systems. Equipment in
Zones means that there is an HVAC unit in each zone. Equipment in Entire House
means that there is a single central unit. Select Options from the main menu to choose.

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Be aware that when you have specified Equipment in Zones, the Equipment
screen is tied to the selected zone. To view the Equipment screen for a particular zone,
select the zone using the Multizone Tree then press the Equipment
button. Also
note that Right-$ is linked to the option you select for equipment. If you choose equipment
in zones, then Right-$ will allow you to select equipment and create 4 investment options
(Base System and Investments 1-3) for each zone.

Step 2c - Geothermal Loop


If your project uses geothermal loops, now is the time to design them. See Chapter 18
for a detailed Right-Loop example.

Step 2d - Evaluate Equipment System Options


To determine the most practical equipment system, you may want to compare several
system configurations. See Chapter 20 for a detailed Right-$ example.

Step 2e - Select the Final Equipment System


Since the equipment is in the Entire House, we need to select 'Entire House' in the
Multizone Tree in order to select equipment, otherwise, the Equipment button is grayed
out and we are not allowed to select the equipment.
Open the Multizone Tree by clicking on the Multizone

button.

Select 'Entire House' and then click Close.

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Click the Equipment


Screen.

button or press <F7> to display the Equipment

Here you can select your final heating and cooling equipment. We are using an air
source heat pump with a gas furnace backup in our example.
The Equipment Screen is organized with several tabs across the top. By clicking on the
desired tab, you can access choices and information.
System type tab
Select 'Air source heat
pump' for the cooling
source.
Select 'Furnace' for the
backup heating source
type.
Select 'Natural gas' for
the heating source
fuel.
Select 'none' for the
water-heating source.

Data tab
Click the Data tab to view or edit operating cost information.
Features tab
Click the Features tab. You will normally enter descriptive data about the equipment
system here. Leave it blank for now.
Air source HP tab
Click the Air source HP tab. If you know the equipment data, you can just type it in
here. You can also select equipment from the ARI/GAMA database included with RSR
PE.

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Click the Select Equipment button in the


lower left corner to display the Air Source
Heat Pump Selection window.
On the left side of the window is a list of
manufacturers.
Scroll down and select 'Sample
Equipment Corp.' from the Manufacturer
list.
A list of air source heat pumps is displayed starting
with the first one that has a capacity over our cooling load. There is no equipment that
fits the filter specifications at the top of the window. This is because there is no
equipment in the 'Sample Equipment Corp' manufacturer database that meets the filter
search criteria.
In the upper right corner of the Equipment Selection Screen is a set of criteria that is used
to filter the equipment data that is displayed in the list. For example, you can set the
maximum and minimum cooling capacity that is displayed. This will limit the equipment
that is displayed to those with a cooling capacity between the minimum and maximum
capacity that you set. You can specify the minimum and maximum as either the exact
Btuh or relative to the target capacity. The target capacity is displayed in the upper left
corner of the Equipment Selection Screen.
The target capacity is calculated as the sensible load of your zone or Entire House
divided by the Sensible Heat Ratio (SHR); the SHR of the equipment, not the
building. This is generally 0.70, however, you should verify this by referring to the
manufacturer's specification sheet for the equipment.

Let us expand the maximum capacity display range to 200% of the target capacity.
In the 'Filter' section enter
'200', in the Max 'Capacity/
Load (%)' field.
The list of equipment now includes
equipment up to 200% of the target
capacity.
Click anywhere on the first
line to select the equipment
then click OK.

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Gas furnace tab


Click the Gas furnace tab. If you know the equipment data, you can just type it in here.
You can also select equipment from the ARI/GAMA database included with RSR PE.
Click the Select Equipment button to display the Gas Furnace Selection
window.
Select 'Sample Equipment Corp' from the list of manufacturers on the left.
A list of gas furnaces will be displayed starting with the first one that has a capacity that
is over our heating load.
Click anywhere on the first line to select the equipment then click OK.
Click OK again when you are done with the Equipment Screen.
Whether you are going to continue to Chapter 6 or not, you should save the project file
that we have been working on.
Select File | Save from the main menu or click on the Save

button.

Things to Remember

Zoning in RSR PE is controlled from the Multizone Tree by simply dragging the rooms
into the desired zones.

The data in the Infiltration, Equipment and Zone Information screens as well as in the
Load Meter change depending on the active zone. The active zone is chosen in the
Multizone Tree.

Equipment can be located in each zone or in the Entire House.

Equipment is selected from the Equipment Screen either by zone or for the Entire
House depending on the option you choose from the Options menu.

You do not need to close the Multizone Tree while you work.

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Step 3 - Design the Distribution

Step 3a - Air Distribution via Ducts.............................. 102


Step 3b - Distribution With Radiant Panels.................. 110
Step 3c - Baseboards.................................................. 113
Things to Remember................................................... 114

This chapter continues where Chapter 5 leaves off. We are using the building description
for the Long Residence from Manual J, Eighth Edition, but the data we are entering in
this chapter is not from Manual J. The data has been created for this example. If you
followed the example in Chapter 5, open the project that you created.
Select File | Open | Project... from the main menu.
Select MyLongResidence.rrd from the list of projects and click OK.

Design the distribution


Distribution can be accomplished in several ways:

Air via ducts

Radiant panels

Hydronic baseboard

Step 3a - Air Distribution via Ducts


There are three ways to calculate duct sizes. Below is a table detailing the method, the
premise, accuracy and the information that is needed.
Method

Premise

Accuracy

Select variable
friction rate

RSR PE calculates the


friction rate based on
the length of all of the
duct runs.

Most accurate

Enter equivalent
length of fittings

For Right-D entry only.


RSR PE calculates the
friction rate based on
the equivalent length of
fittings for the longest
run.

Accurate

Enter friction
rate

RSR PE uses a friction


rate that you enter to
size the ducts.

Least accurate

Information Needed
Check 'Use variable
friction rate' in the Duct
Preferences Screen;
input static pressure
information in either the
Static Pressure or
Equipment Screen.
Enter the equivalent
length of fittings in the
Static Pressure Screen;
input static pressure
information in either the
Static Pressure or
Equipment Screen.
Override the friction rate
and enter your own
friction rate on the Static
Pressure Screen.

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For this example, we will enter the friction rate. We also need to enter the fan size and
available fan static pressure according to the manufacturer's specifications before the
duct sizes can be calculated.

Equipment AVF
Suppose that we looked up the equipment that we selected in our manufacturer's
specification sheet and found that the rated fan size is 1,600 cfm. We need to override
the design AVF in RSR PE because the current AVF is 1,283 cfm.
Click on Multizone

button.

Select the 'Entire House' zone and click 'Close' to make the 'Entire House'
zone the current zone.
Click on the Equipment

button.

Click on the Air source HP tab and click on the cooling Design AVF (cfm)
field.
Press <F8> to override the value. Enter '1600' (but, do not press <Enter>
because we are not finished with this screen; also notice that both the
heating and cooling AVF changed).
We will assume that our sample gas furnace is rated at 2,500 cfm. Again, we will need
to override the design AVF. Typically, when a heat pump is used with backup heating
equipment, the heating equipment that is satisfying the load at any one moment can be
the heat pump, the backup equipment or both. The ducts should be designed for the
maximum airflow at any one time. For our example, we will assume that either the heat
pump or the furnace will be on one at a time, never together. Therefore, we will be
sizing the ducts to the furnace fan size, which is 2,500 cfm.
Un-check the Heating=Cooling option. This will allow us to set the heating
and cooling AVF independently of one another.
Click on the heating 'Design AVF (cfm)' field and press the <F8> key.
Delete the current value and enter '2500'.

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Available fan static pressure


Let us further suppose that the specification sheet shows the heat pump fan having a
static pressure of 0.5 in H2O at 1,600 cfm. The furnace also has a static pressure of 0.5 in
H2O at 2,500 cfm. We can also enter this data in the Air source HP tab.
Click on the heating Static Pressure field to select it then enter 0.5.
Click on the cooling Static Pressure field to select it then enter 0.5.
Click OK to transfer your selections and close the Equipment Screen.

Add & move air outlets


Click the Right-Draw

button to display Right-Draw.

Un-check the Basement and check the First Floor so that the First Floor is
the only sheet that is displayed.
To display the Ducts layer in Right-Draw:
Check the box to the left of the Ducts layer of the 'First Floor' sheet in the
Sheets & Layers Tree.

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Supply Air outlet


(register)
Return Air outlet
(register)

Blower/unit

Riser

Right-Draw added supply air outlets to each room, a return air outlet to the Laundry, and
a blower to the Laundry. In Right-Draw we can choose the duct layout and the duct
system will be designed for us. Right-Draw's first-pass placement of the air outlets may
or may not be the final position. You should review the placement and make
adjustments. The air outlets are HVAC Shapes like rooms and doors. You can drag
them wherever you want them. In this example, we will move them under the windows
and doors. We can also relocate the return air outlet and the blower to be more centrally
located.
Move the unit and the air outlets under the windows and doors. Your
drawing should look like the figure below. Zoom in for more accurate
placement of the air outlets.
Place a check next to the Basement layer in the Sheets & Layers Tree and
un-check the First Floor.
Place a check in the Ducts layer in the Basement. Move the air outlets like
the figure below.
Please note that the figures below have the snap points turned off for clarity. The snap
points must be on to draw the ducts. See Chapter 8 for a discussion of snap points.

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You can change the shape (round, square, or rectangular) and size of an air outlet in
the Property Sheet.

Choose the duct layout


We can now select a duct system layout so that Right-Draw can design the ducts.
Click on the First Floor layer. You should see both sheets now.
Click on the unit to select it then right click to view the Property Sheet for the
unit
Select 'X-axis plenum' in the 'Duct system layout' field.

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Any ducts or registers that overlap are shown in red. Ducts that are outside of the
building are shown in aqua. Ducts that are not connected are shown in a lighter version of
the layer they are on (for example, if the layer is green, ducts that are not connected will
be light green).

RSR PE provides a horizontal extended plenum duct design, sizes the ducts, and draws
the duct system.
With any of the automatic design modes (selected in the unit Property Sheet), the
trunks will be attached to the unit. In fact, if you move the unit, the trunks move with it.

The unit is automatically placed in the first room drawn. The first room we drew was on
the First Floor therefore Right-Draw would place the unit on the First Floor. We need to
move the unit to the Basement. Because the trunks move with the unit, the trunks will
also be placed in the basement, too.
If the unit Property Sheet is not still visible, select the unit then right click.
We want to change the duct layout to 'User defined' so that we can fine-tune
our design.
Select the 'Sheet' field and choose 'Basement' from the list of the available
sheets that drop down. Close the Property Sheet. Close the Load Meter.
We have just moved the unit into the basement; the unit should be maroon like the rest of
the basement ducts. Because the duct layout is user defined, we can move the ducts if
necessary. To move or clear the ducts, the duct layout must be user defined.
If you need to move the ducts, just click on an air outlet and drag it to a new location.
The ducts will move with the air outlets. If you are going to move any of the ducts or air
outlets, it is recommended that you zoom in for clarity.

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Viewing the duct details


Click on the Right-Duct
Click the Supply Branch
Branch Worksheet.

button in the Function Selector Toolbar.


button on the Screen Toolbar to show Supply

On the Supply Branch Worksheet you can view the supply branches and the return
trunks. You can also view the heating and cooling loads, design airflow, supply total
equivalent length (STEL), pressure drop, velocity, diameter or rectangular dimensions
and material. Click the Choices button for the load, STEL or material fields for
additional information.
button on the Screen Toolbar to show Trunks and
Click the Trunks
Return Branches Worksheet.
On the Trunks and Return Branches Worksheet you can view the duct and its parent
duct. You can also view the diversity, heating and cooling loads, design airflow,
velocity, diameter or rectangular dimensions, material, return total equivalent length
(RTEL), pressure drop, free grill area and size. Click the Choices button for the load,
diversity, material, RTEL or area fields for additional information.
If the Supply Branch button is 'grayed' and not available, click on the drawing area
anywhere except on a room. When you select a room, current zone is also selected.
Since the ducts can only be where there is equipment, and the equipment is in the Entire
House and not in the zones, when a zone is selected, the ducts are not available. Clicking
on a non-room part of the drawing selects the Entire House as the current zone. If the
button is still grayed and not available, click on the Multizone
House and click Close.

button, select Entire

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Click the Right-Draw button to return to the Right-Draw screen.


Right-Draw and Right-D work together to draw duct designs right on your building
layout in the Right-Draw drawing area.

Fittings
In addition to the air outlets and lengths of duct, Right-Draw has also added fittings at
each duct intersection and a boot where the duct meets the air outlet. The fittings are
represented by a fitting outline drawing (tee, elbow, crossover, takeoff). Click the right
mouse button on a fitting to see the Property Sheet for that fitting assembly. Here you
can change/add fittings to the assembly or in the case of vertical ducts, enter the vertical
length of the duct. You can also define the risers here.

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Risers
Right-Draw will add risers where appropriate. If you select an x-axis or y-axis plenum
design, the riser will leave the unit and supply or return the air from the other floors. If
you select a one-level design, the riser is associated with the trunks and branches.

Supply risers are represented as a small square with an X.


Return risers are indicated as a small square with a / (half an X).

See Chapters 11, 12, 13 and 14 for detailed duct design


discussions.

No air outlet rooms


You are now able to have rooms with no registers like hallways, foyers stairwells, walkin closets, etc. It is best to design no air outlet rooms before you draw the ducts. All you
need to do is delete the air outlets you do not need. The loads will be reassigned to
adjacent conditioned rooms and ducts will be sized accordingly. If you have the Duct
notations layer checked in the Sheets & Layers Tree, the airflow will change on the
screen. The Right-J Worksheet displays where those loads were redistributed on the
Redistribution line, above line 14; values are negative where air outlets have been
removed and positive in the rooms that have been adjusted. The adjustment is also on
the standard reports.
Click on the air outlet you want to remove.
Press the <Delete> key to delete the air outlet.
A pop-up box will appear asking if you are certain you want to delete the air
outlet. Click Yes.

Step 3b - Distribution With Radiant Panels


Add a radiant panel
To demonstrate how a radiant panel would be added, we will add a radiant floor to the
Living Room.
Select the First Floor sheet only.
Hide the Ducts layer for clarity.
Select the Radiant Panel

shape from the HVAC Shapes Toolbox.

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Click anywhere in the Living Room; the panel will fill the room. The shaded
area indicates the location of the radiant panel.
Click on the entry points and drag them to the lower left of the Living Room.

Select the Radiant heating manifold shape from the HVAC Shapes Toolbox
and add the manifold. Right-Draw will add tails to connect the manifold to
the entry points

Right-Radiant Plus adds a Radiant floor layer and designs the radiant panel.

The first radiant panel you add to a room becomes a radiant floor. If you are going
to use both a radiant floor and ceiling, add another radiant panel to the same room. If you
want to change the floor you dropped to a ceiling, right click on the panel to view the
Property Sheet and select 'Ceiling' for the radiant tubing location.

A list of required parts is made and is transferred to Right-Proposal Plus. Let us take a
look.

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Click the

button to display the Right-Proposal Plus Toolbar; click the

Proposal Information

button to display the screen.

Now click the Details button in the Section Summary area and you will see
the automated parts list takeoff for the duct and radiant systems (if the list is
not visible, you may need to scroll down).

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Changes to the radiant panel area and tubing location made in Right-Draw are
automatically entered in the Right-J Worksheet, along with automatic changes to the nonradiant panel areas.

See Chapter 15 for a detailed discussion of radiant panel design.

Step 3c - Baseboards
Baseboard sizing is done by entering high and low efficiency baseboard capacities in the
Project Information Screen.
Click the Project Information
Project Information Screen.

button in the Project Toolbar to display the

To view the Baseboard Data, use the scroll bar on the right to scroll to the
bottom of the Project Information Screen.

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If you enter the baseboard capacities here, Right-J will


calculate the feet of baseboard required for each room
based on the room load and display the baseboard data on
the last line of the Right-J Worksheet (when there is no
baseboard data, the last line on the Worksheet displays the
air required).

Things to Remember

Distribution is accomplished with air via ducts, radiant panels or hydronic baseboards.

Set the fan AVF and static pressure before laying out the duct system.

Right-Draw will design a duct system automatically; just place your air outlets and
choose the duct layout in the Property Sheet for the unit.

The duct information in Right-Draw is used by Right-D to size the ducts.

Right-Draw will design radiant panel systems and transfer a list of required parts to
Right-Proposal Plus.

Set the baseboard ratings in the Project Information Screen. Right-J will calculate the
feet of hydronic baseboard for each room and display the data on the last line of the
Right-J Worksheet (NOTE: If no baseboard values have been entered on the Project
Information Screen, then the last line on the Worksheet displays the air required).

In Right-Suite Residential PE you can have rooms, like hallways and closets that do
not have air outlets.

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8
Step 4 - Document the Project
Step 4a - Complete the Job Quotation ........................ 116
Step 4b - Save the Project .......................................... 116
Step 4c - Generate Reports ........................................ 116
Things to Remember................................................... 117

Step 4a - Complete the Job Quotation


See Chapter 17 for a detailed explanation of Right-Proposal Plus.

Step 4b - Save the Project


To save the project in its current state, click the Save

button.

Step 4c - Generate Reports


Print standard reports
RSR PE includes many standard reports. Follow the instructions below to print any of
the reports. To print the Project
Summary report:
Click the Print Preview
button or select File | Print
Preview from the main menu.
NOTE: Right-Draw has it's own
printing window. To view the Choose
Reports window, make sure you are
viewing any screen other than the
drawing screen.

A window titled Choose Reports will pop-up. Choose Load: Project


Summary from the list by clicking on it (be sure to scroll through the reports
to make sure that no others are selected). Click OK.
The list of reports shown here appears when you are using the Manual J Eighth
Edition calculation method. The list of available reports will be different when you use the
Manual J Seventh Edition calculation method.

A report is highlighted if it is selected. Click any report to select it; to deselect a report,
click on the report again.

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If the building has multiple zones, another screen will be displayed. Select
the zones for which you want to print reports. Select or deselect the zones
you want and click OK to start printing.
You may want to print with out previewing the reports. To do this just click on the Print
button or select File | Print from the main menu. Previewing allows you to verify that
the information is correct before printing. You can also zoom in or out and view
multiple pages at once if you preview the reports.

Print your drawing


To print your drawing, make sure you are looking at the drawing area on the
screen (click the Right-Draw button if necessary).
Select File | Print
Preview (or click the
Print Preview button).
Select the scale, sheets
per page, and the layers
you want to print. If you
want to print in with a
landscape orientation,
click the Print Setup
button and select
landscape.
Click OK.

Custom reports
You can create your own customized reports using RSR PE data with Microsoft Word.
See Chapter 21 for a detailed discussion.

Things to Remember

RSR PE provides a library of standard reports that comply with ACCA requirements.

Customized reports can be generated with Microsoft Word and using data from
RSR PE.

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Advanced Building Description
This chapter introduces some advanced techniques that you can use
in Right-Draw to further speed up entering building descriptions
and to handle special cases.

Drawing Property Sheet .............................................. 120


Notation layer drawing objects .................................... 127
AutoCAD layer............................................................. 130
Rotate objects ............................................................. 131
Edit & Manage Drawing Objects.................................. 124
Drawing Tips & Tricks ................................................. 136
Things to Remember................................................... 143

Drawing Property Sheet


You control the overall appearance of your drawing from the drawing Property Sheet.
Click the right mouse button in an empty spot on the drawing area to display
the drawing area Property Sheet.

Color
Font
Scrolling
width and
height

Overlap
color
Outside the
building
color

General
Change the color of
the drawing area
Change the font of
dimensions and room
names
Change the size of
the drawing area

Ducts
Change the duct color
to indicate when two
ducts overlap one
another.
Change the duct color
to indicate when a
duct is not inside a
room in the building.

Fitting
background
color

Change the color of


fittings.

Thin line for


supp. branch

Indicate whether a
thin line should be
used for supply
branches ('No' show
supply branches at
the same thickness as
other ducts)

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Foreground
color
Background
color

Building
Change the color of
everything on the
Building layer with oneline walls.
For two-line walls only.
Changes the color
between the walls.

Notations
Change the air outlet
information in the
notations.
Duct contains
Change what appears in
the duct notations.
Display
Select whether a line is
callout
to be used to indicate
which duct or air outlet
the notation applies to.
Color
Change the color of
duct and air outlet
notations.
Font
Change the font of
notations.
Notation layer Change the color of
color
objects on the Notation
layer (excluding text,
duct and air outlet
notations).
Register
contains

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Right-Draw Toolbar
We will go through the Right-Draw Toolbar from left to right.

Toggle Buttons
The first six buttons from the right are toggle buttons which allow you to toggle things.

Show/Hide Zone
In the drawing screen if you click this
button, the rooms in a zone are shown in one
color and each zone has it's own color. This is a
quick way to verify that the appropriate rooms
are in a zone. Click on the button again and the
zones are hidden.
In the drawing to the right, there are 2 zones.

Catalog
The Right-Draw catalog allows you to create your own library of objects including
templates for tracing, windows and doors by manufacturer model number, furniture and
appliance images, even entire standard floor plans; whatever you can draw, you can put
in the catalog. You can have multiple catalogs; for example, have a catalog for a
particular manufacturer of windows. You can also select from the catalogs that come
with the program.
Open a catalog
Click on the Catalog

button.

Right click in the yellow area of the catalog and choose Catalog | Open.

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Select from the catalogs that come with RSR PE or when you have created
your own catalogs, select from your personal catalogs.
Add catalog items to the drawing area
Click and hold the mouse button down on the object you want to add.
Drag it into the drawing area and release the mouse button when the object
is in the desired location.
Catalog objects can be altered like HVAC Shapes or notation objects (sized, rotated, etc.)
once they are on the drawing area. They also have properties. Right click on a catalog
object that is on the drawing area to view the Property Sheet.
Add items to an existing catalog
Create an object to add to the catalog using either the notation tools or the
HVAC Shapes (you can even save whole buildings complete with
construction numbers as a catalog item).
Select the object or objects (if you have an object that is made up of multiple
parts you should group the parts before placing it in the catalog).
Choose the catalog that you want to add your object to by clicking on the title
(open the appropriate catalog now if it is not already open).
Press <Ctrl-C> to copy your selection onto the Windows clipboard. You can
also select Edit | Copy from the main menu.
Click the right mouse button over the catalog area (yellow) and select
Paste.
You can now name the object by double clicking on the name below the object. To
create a new catalog, you would create the object as described above. Right click on a
title bar and select New (the New Catalog should be visible). Copy and paste your item
as described above. When you do this, the Save As window will appear (catalogs are
saved with a .CAT file extension). This is when you name your new catalog and choose
a directory location. We recommend that you save your catalogs with the catalogs that
come with RSR PE so that it is easy to find them (C:\Program Files\Wrightsoft
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Toggle Sheet Tree


Typically the Toggle Sheet Tree button is selected and the Sheets & Layers Tree is
visible. Click on this button again to hide the Sheets & Layers Tree.

Toggle Grid
Typically the Toggle Grid button is selected and the grid is visible. Click on this
button again to hide the grid.

View Snap Points


Typically the View Snap Points button is selected and the snap points are visible.
Snap points are very important when working with ducts. The snap points, like the snap
to grid, allow you to connect things precisely, such as connecting a supply branch to a
trunk. If you are having a difficult time working with the ducts or notations, zoom in.
You will probably only ever turn the snap points off to view detailed drawings on the
screen. The snap points do not show up on printouts.

Toggle Ruler
Typically the Toggle Ruler button is selected and the rulers are visible. You can
turn off the rulers to allow more of the drawing area to be visible but drawing may
become more difficult if you are used to drawing with the rulers on. Click on the button
to toggle the rulers.

Edit Points Button


Use the Edit Points
button to create odd-shaped rooms or to put bend in flex or high
velocity ducts. To change the shape of a room or a duct, select the room or duct then
click on the Edit Points button. The green handles that show object selection will turn
into black squares that are referred to as 'points'. Move the points as desired. To create a
new point, click on a wall or a length of duct (a non-point area) and drag.

Edit & Manage Drawing Objects


There are a number of ways that you can manipulate objects relative to one another. In
RSR PE you can group, align, center, space, size and arrange objects. The following
buttons can also be used on HVAC Shapes as well as Notation layer objects.

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Group objects
You can group 2 or more HVAC Shapes or Notation layer shapes together using
the Group button. To select more than one object at a time, press <Shift> as you click on
the objects then click the Group button. When you do this, you can move, resize, and
delete, etc. them together as if they were one object. To a certain extent this happens
automatically with windows and doors in a room. When you move a room, the windows
and doors move with the room. However, when you resize the room, only the size of the
room changes - the windows stay the same size. If you group the windows and doors
with the room, when you resize the room, the windows and doors will be resized as well.

Ungroup objects
The Ungroup button allows you to ungroup objects that were previously grouped.

Regroup objects
You can regroup objects that were previously grouped with the Group button and
then ungrouped with the Ungroup button. The Regroup button is helpful because you do
not need to reselect all of the individual objects again.

Align objects
If you have 2 or more objects that you want line up exactly with one another, you
can use this button. You can line up the right, left, top or bottom edges. Select your
objects then select the edge you want them to line up on by clicking on the arrowhead to
the right of the button. A list of the four choices will be displayed. RSR PE aligns the
objects based on the first object that is selected. When you select multiple objects, the
first object selected has green handles, the rest of the objects have aqua handles so you
can tell which object was selected first. For example, if you align the right edges, all of
the objects will be aligned along the right edge of the object that is selected first.

Center objects
Click on the arrowhead on the right of the button to select between centering the
selected object or objects vertically or horizontally. The objects will be centered in the
drawing area. To determine the size of the current drawing area, click the right mouse
button on an empty spot in the drawing area. The General tab of the Property Sheet will
display the length and height; you can modify the size of the drawing area here, too.

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Space objects
Use this button to evenly space 3 or more selected objects. First select the objects
then click on the arrowhead to the right of the button to select between spacing vertically
(down) or horizontally (across). The 2 outside objects will not move. The objects
between the 2 outside objects will be moved so that they are all evenly spaced.

Size objects
Use this button to make 2 or more objects the same size. Select the objects you
want to size then click on the arrowhead to the right of the button. Select between sizing
the width, height or both. The height or width is determined by the first object you select
In other words, all objects selected will be sized to the same height/width as the first
object selected.

Arrange objects
When 2 or more objects overlap, it is as if they are stacked on the drawing area.
The top object is completely visible, and the other objects are partly covered by the top
object. You can control the arrangement of the objects on the stack with this button.
Click on the arrowhead to the right of the button to select between moving the selected
object to the top or bottom of the stack.

Undo & Redo Buttons


You are nearly finished with your drawing and by accident you delete a room! The room
is gone forever...or is it? RSR PE has undo and redo functions to help fix errors that
might occur. To undo, click the Undo

button, select Edit | Undo or press <Ctrl-Z>.

button, select Edit | Redo or press <Ctrl-Y>. Please note


To redo, click the Redo
that not all functions can be undone.

Notation Buttons
The Notation layer in Right-Draw is not used for any of the calculation procedures in
RSR PE. However, you can use it to:

Enhance your drawing to include detailed figures, text, furniture or appliance


placement, landscaping, etc.

Make templates to facilitate adding geometrically shaped rooms (other than


rectangular rooms).

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Notation layer drawing objects


As soon as you add one of Right-Draws objects from the Notation Toolbar, Right-Draw
creates the Notation layer.

The objects that you create with these tools have properties, and hence Property Sheets,
like HVAC Shapes. You can change the color, size, etc. of each to customize them. To
view the Property Sheet for a notation, select the notation object then right click.
Selection arrow
Click on this button to select objects in the Notation layer for editing, placement,
etc. Do not confuse this arrow with the HVAC Shapes arrow.
Line
Use this to draw straight lines at any angle in the Notation layer. To draw a line,
click and hold the mouse button down where you want one end of the line. Drag until
the line is the desired length and angle then release the mouse button.
Freehand drawing
This is used to draw like you would with a pencil, if all else fails. You probably
will not need this one very often, but it is here as a last resort.
Polygon
This very useful tool is used to draw any multi-sided shape (triangles, pentagons,
octagons, etc). You can draw rectangles with this tool, but you will probably find it
easier to use the rectangle tool below. The first side of the polygon is drawn just like a
line. When you release the mouse button at the end of the line, however another line will
start where you just ended. Drag until the third point of your polygon is in place and
click the mouse. Keep going until all the points are drawn. To close the polygon, click
where you started.

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Rectangle/square
You can draw rectangles or squares more quickly with this tool than with the
polygon tool above. Click and hold down the mouse button in the upper left corner of
where you want the rectangle. Drag down and to the right. Release the mouse button
when the rectangle is the desired size and shape. To make a square, press <Shift> while
you are drawing.
Arc
Use this to draw an arc. The arc is drawn just like a rectangle; click and drag; the
arc is drawn in a bounding (imaginary) rectangle.
Ellipse/circle
Use this to draw circular shapes. The circle or ellipse is drawn inside an imaginary
rectangle and is drawn just like a rectangle. To make a circle, press <Shift> while you
are drawing.
Text
You can add any text to your drawing with this tool. Once you have selected this
tool, draw a rectangle to define an area for text and type your text. You can resize the
rectangle once you know the exact size of the text by dragging the green handles.
Graphic image
With this tool you can insert any graphic image (with the file extensions: .ICO,
.BMP., or .DIB) into the Notation layer. Create bitmaps or other files to insert into your
drawings; you could even create trees and other architectural details. To add a graphic
image to your drawing, click the Graphic image button then click anywhere in the
drawing area. The Bitmap Dialog box will pop-up. Click Load and select an image from
your files. Click Open then OK.
You will see a preview of the image you selected. Click OK to insert it into your
drawing. At first the image will be the size it was when it was created. You can resize it,
however, to be larger or smaller than the original by dragging the green handles. Press
<Shift> as you are resizing the image to constrain the proportions.

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Dimension
You can add blue print dimensions to your drawing with this
tool. Click on this button, click on the drawing where you want the
dimension line to start, drag to where you want the dimension line
end. The dimension value will be calculated automatically and
displayed between 2 arrows. You can move, stretch, etc. the
dimension line just like any other Right-Draw object. It behaves
very much like a window. Click the right mouse button on the
dimension line to change its properties.

to

Sheets and Layers


Adding sheets and layers
To add a Sheet or Layer:
Click the right mouse button anywhere in the Sheets and Layers area.
Select 'Add sheet' or 'Add layer' from the menu that is displayed
Enter the name of the Sheet or Layer and any other requested data
Click OK

Editing an existing Sheet or Layer


To edit an existing Sheet or Layer:
Click the right mouse button on the name of the Sheet or Layer that you want
to edit in the Sheets and Layers area.
Select 'Edit sheet' or 'Edit layer' from the menu that is displayed
Edit the name of the Sheet or Layer and any other data
Click OK

Deleting an existing Sheet or Layer


To delete an existing Sheet or Layer:

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Click the right mouse button on the name of the sheet or Layer that you want
to edit in the Sheets and Layers area.
Select 'Delete sheet' or 'Delete layer' from the menu that is displayed
Click OK to confirm that you want to delete the Sheet or Layer

Lock layer
At times it may be convenient to lock a layer of your drawing so that you do not
mistakenly select objects on that layer. For example, once you have drawn the building
components (rooms, windows, doors, etc.) and are ready to work on the duct design, you
can 'Lock' the Building layer so that you can only select duct components and not
building components. This can be a real time-saver if you are working on a complex
building.
To lock a layer, select the layer you want to lock in the Sheets & Layers Tree
and right click the mouse.
Select Lock layer from the menu. The name of the layer will turn gray to let
you know it is locked.
To unlock a layer:
Select the layer and right click the mouse.
Select Unlock layer from the menu.
The name of the layer will return to its original color.

AutoCAD layer
This extremely powerful feature of Right-Draw can speed up the process of entering a
building description and eliminate takeoff errors. With this feature, you place a copy of a
CAD drawing into its own layer in Right-Draw and enter rooms, windows, doors, etc.
into Right-Draw by tracing the underlying drawing.
Open an AutoCAD drawing in RSR PE
Once the program is open and you are viewing the Right-Draw screen, click
on the AutoCAD

button.

Your cursor will turn into crosshairs. Draw a rectangle. When this is done, a
dialog box entitled Open AutoCAD File will pop-up.
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Select a file (RSR PE supports .DWG and .DXF files - version 2004 and
before).
You will only see a portion of the drawing in the rectangle you drew.
Resize the rectangle to view the portion of the CAD file you want to trace.
To move the drawing with out moving the box, press <Shift> while you click and drag.
Your cursor will change to a hand. Imagine the hand grabbing the drawing and dragging
it to a new location. Line up the CAD drawing with the margins in this way.
Turn AutoCAD layers on & off
To turn layers of the AutoCAD drawing on and off, right click anywhere on
the CAD drawing to bring up the AutoCAD Property Sheet.
Click on the AutoCAD layers field. Check and un-check the layers you want
to view. Click OK when you are done.
NOTE: Turning on and off layers does not alter the original AutoCAD drawing.
Save layers to AutoCAD files
You can save RSR PE layers in your AutoCAD drawing. The RSR PE layers are saved
in their own layers in the AutoCAD drawing.
Select Drawing | Write to AutoCAD Files...
Select the layers you want to add to the AutoCAD file from the layers listed in
the dialog box that appears.
Click Write.
The layers have been added to the AutoCAD drawing; the RSR PE layers that have been
added to the AutoCAD file will be visible when you open this file in AutoCAD. The
new layers will also appear if you go into the Property Sheet and select the AutoCAD
layers field (ex. RSR_SHEET_1_DUCTS).

Rotate objects
You can rotate notation objects to any angle. Let us rotate a square to 45 degrees as an
example.

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First draw a square. Make sure it is selected


(the green handles are visible).

button. The green


Click the Rotate
handles will change from squares to circles.

Move your cursor over a handle until you see


WITHOUT the
the black rotating cursor
white arrow. Click and drag until the square is
at 45 degrees. When you release the mouse,
the rotate function will be off and the handles
will be back to green squares.

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Drawing Controls
Automatic focus shift
When you select an object on a certain sheet, you automatically select that sheet. This
feature makes drawing easier.

Multiselect for grouped objects


As described earlier, you can select many objects and change many parameters at once in
the Property Sheet. Let us change the height, width and construction number of multiple
windows.
Draw a number of windows with different widths.
Select multiple windows by clicking on the first window then pressing <Shift>
while selecting the rest of the windows.
Right click the mouse to call up the Property Sheet for those windows.
Type the correct height, width and construction number in the proper fields.
Then close the window by clicking on the 'X' in the upper right corner. All of
the windows have been changed at once.

Repeat last selection


Normally once you have placed an HVAC Shape onto your drawing your cursor turns
back into a selection arrow. You might want to add multiple rooms to your drawing
before going on to the windows, doors, etc. You can do this without re-selecting the
Room HVAC Shape by selecting Drawing | Repeat Last Selection from the main menu.
When you have this selected, you can add another room without re-selecting the Room
HVAC Shape. If you want to switch to adding windows, just select the window HVAC
Shape and add all the windows. The HVAC Shape or notation tool that you last selected
will be in effect until you de-select Repeat Last Selection' in the Drawing menu.

Duplicate building components


There are 3 methods for duplicating building components (Notation layer shapes, too):
1.

Use <Ctrl-C> to copy the selected shape and <Ctrl-V> to paste the copied shape.

2.

Select Edit | Copy and Edit | Paste from the main menu.

3.

Press the <Ctrl> key and drag a shape. When you let go of the mouse button, a
duplicate of the shape will be placed at the cursor location.

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Change the drawing scale


By changing the drawing scale you control the size of the images on your drawing. You
should adjust the scale before you start entering rooms.
To change the scale:
Click the right mouse button with the mouse pointer over one of the rulers on
the top and side of the drawing area.
Select the scale that you want from the list and click on it to select it.

Change the grid settings


Select Drawing | Grid Settings
from the main menu.

Grid
The grid settings refer to where the 'dots' are on the drawing area. A 12" grid has dots
every 12 inches whereas a 6" grid has dots every 6". If 'Grid On' is checked the dots are
visible. Un-check 'Grid On' to remove the dots or click the Toggle Grid button.
Snap
If the drawing area has a 6" snap, the HVAC Shapes and notation objects will be sized in
increments of 6". A 12" snap would size the objects in increments of 12". The smallest
snap RSR PE supports is 4". If 'Snap On' is checked, then objects will be sized based on
the snap width and height and can be moved in increments based on the snap settings. If
'Snap On' is un-checked, then the objects will be sized to any size (in 1" increments) and
can be moved anywhere. Leaving the snap on is recommended especially for drawing
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Notation layer object placement. If you turn the snap points off, be sure to turn them
back on before working with ducts.
Margins
The margins refer to the space above and to the left of the dotted blue lines on the
drawing area. The standard setting for the margins is 24". This can be changed as
desired. If you do not want to have margins on the drawing area, type '0' for all margin
values.
Grid & Snap Tips

It is recommended that you save your grid and snap settings in your templates.

The smallest grid/snap setting is 4". Other settings include: 6", 12" and up at 6" or
4" increments.

When working with a smaller snap, zoom in so that you can size things properly.

Use a 4" or 6" snap when placing windows on angled walls so that the windows will
go closer to the corners.

Snap settings become very important when working with ducts or the edit points
function; it is best to use the smallest grid setting.

Two-line walls
It is easier to manage drawing rooms with single-line walls, but you may want to use two
lines when it comes to time to print your drawing.
For example, this simple drawing uses one-line walls:

To change it to use two-line walls, select Drawing | Two-line walls from the menu:

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Drawing Tips & Tricks


Non-rectangular rooms
Edit points for non-rectangular rooms
For a simple variation of a rectangle, edit the points.
Add a rectangular room to the drawing area.
Click on the Edit Points

button on the Right-Draw Toolbar.

The 4 corners of the room will change to black handles. The black handles are called
points. You can move the points, so the walls will not be at a 90-degree angle.
Click on one of the points and hold the mouse button down. Drag the corner
until the point is where you want it.
Notice that the sides of the room adjust so that they are always joined at the point. You
can also add points to make a pentagon, hexagon or any shape.
Click anywhere on one of the walls of the room and hold the mouse button
down.
Drag to create a new point.

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Trace a template in the Notation layer for non-rectangular rooms


If the room you want to draw is not really a rectangle at all, you can add a shape from the
Shapes catalog or create a shape with the notation tools and trace it using the edit points
function to construct the room.
For example, if you have an octagonal room, you could drag the octagon from the Shapes
catalog onto the drawing area. Resize the octagon if necessary. Then draw a room and
edit the points so that they match up with the points on the octagon.
First, toggle the Catalog button so that the catalog is visible.
Open the Shapes catalog by right clicking on a catalog title. Select 'Open'.
Choose the 'Shapes.cat' from the catalogs listed and click Open.
Click on the octagon and drag it onto the drawing area.
Select Drawing | Grid Settings... and change the snap to 4".
Draw a room that is larger and on top of the octagon.
While the room is selected, use the Arrange button to bring the room to the
front.
Make sure the room is selected then click on the Edit Points button.

Move the points of the room to match up with corners on the octagon. In the
figure above, half of the room has been lined up with the octagon.

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Doors
New door types
RSR PE has many different kinds of doors for your drawings. In the door Property Sheet
there is the option to change a door to a wall opening, sliding (opaque), double or garage
door.
To draw a sliding door, draw a door on any wall.
Right click on the door to bring up the Property Sheet.
Select sliding door from the list of Door type options. Click on the 'X' in the
upper right corner to close the box and view the sliding door.
Sliding doors are opaque; to add a glass sliding door, add a window and
select the appropriate window type.
You can also change the door opening orientation in the Property Sheet.
You can add internal doors with the Building components catalog. Please note that these
objects are for cosmetic purposes only and are not used in the load calculations.

Wall openings
To add wall openings to your drawing, draw a door that is the same size as
the wall opening you want and in the same location.
Right click on the door you just drew to view the Property Sheet.
Click on Door type to display the Door type options and select Wall
Opening.
Close the Property Sheet or press <Enter> to view the opening (NOTE:
Interior doors and openings have no effect on load calculations).

Ducts
Duct symbols & fittings
The duct symbols and fittings look like real ductwork and fittings.

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Change shape & size of air outlets


To change the shape of an air outlet, select the air outlet.
Right click on the air outlet to bring up the Property Sheet.
Click on the 'Register shape' field. A drop down will appear with the 3
selections: round, square and rectangular. Choose the shape you want and
press <Enter> to update the dimension fields.
To change the size of the air outlets, click on the 'Register width/diameter'
field and enter the new dimensions.
Close the Property Sheet or press <Enter> to see the changes.

Change duct notations


You can change the look of the duct notations (on the Duct notations layer). You can
change the color of the text, the font, whether or not you want the callout (the line) and
what notation you want (size, name, air flow). To view this Property Sheet, right click
anywhere in the drawing area and select the Notation tab.

Risers for supply & return


RSR PE depicts risers with the starting and ending floor colors so that you can quickly
determine what floor each riser serves (upper left is the ending floor, lower right is the
starting floor).
To change a fitting to a riser, select the fitting and right click the mouse.
Choose Yes for the 'Is a riser' field.
Click in the white space below the fields; this will update the Property Sheet
and show the 'Starting sheet' and 'Ending sheet' fields.

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Select the starting and ending sheets from the drop downs in each field.
Click on the 'X' in the upper right corner to close the Property Sheet.

Stud wall returns with autosizing


RSR PE allows stud wall and joist space returns and automatically sizes them
appropriately. The duct design reports and the riser Property Sheets show the number of
cavities needed for the duct system.
To have stud wall and joist space returns in your duct design, go to the Duct
Preferences Screen.
Double click on the return branch or trunk 'Duct material' field to view the
What are my choices? box.
Select 'SdJstSp-stud/joist space' and click OK.
To change individual ducts into stud joist spaces, select the duct and right
click to bring up the Property Sheet for the duct you selected. You can
change the duct material here.

Overlapping & intersecting ducts


If you draw a duct so that it crosses another duct on the same level, Right-Draw will
assume that you want to intersect the 2 ducts. It will insert a 'tee' and separate the duct
runs into smaller ones. To draw ducts that overlap and do not intersect:
Place the air outlets, then turn on the ductwork.
Make sure the duct system layout is User defined (check the unit's Property
Sheet).
Uncheck Split intersected ducts under Drawing | Split Intersected Ducts.
Draw a duct so that it overlaps the one of the ducts already drawn (NOTE:
Once you are done drawing the second duct, RSR PE automatically checks
Split Intersected Ducts again so that the next duct you draw will intersect and
not overlap).
'Split intersected ducts' is selected by default. If you do not change it, the ducts will
intersect with a tee, for example. When you un-check this option the next duct that you
draw that crosses another duct, will not intersect that duct. A tee will not be inserted and
the ducts will not intersect. As soon as you draw the second duct, the option will revert
back to being selected; the next two ducts that cross will be intersected as usual.

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Using color to identify duct errors

Ducts and air outlets are now color coded to help you out! Overlapping ducts and
air outlets are shown in red. If you move them, they will no longer be red.

Ducts and air outlets outside of the building are shown in aqua.

Unconnected ducts are shown in a lighter version of the color of the layer you are
working on. Therefore, with a green layer, light green ducts.

When you draw rooms, all of the building components that are in a sheet are drawn with
the same color, the sheet color. Each sheet has its own color. This allows you to easily
see which rooms are on which sheet, especially when you are displaying multiple sheets
at once. When a sheet is selected in the Sheets & Layers Tree, the name of the sheet is
shown in the sheet color; this is a quick way to associate a sheet with its building
components. The name of the sheet is displayed in the same color as its drawing
components. The ducts are also drawn in the sheet's color.

First floor
ducts

Second floor
ducts

This drawing shows a two level building with both sheets displayed at once. The first
floor is shown in blue and the second floor is shown in maroon.
This drawing also demonstrates a number of other ways that Right-Draw uses color to
indicate various conditions.

Color status indicators


Right-Draw uses contrasting colors to indicate certain conditions in the drawing.

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Ducts not
connected
(lighter shade
of duct's
normal color)

Duct outside
the building
(aqua - light
blue)

Overlapping
ducts or air
outlets (red)

Duct outside the building


For example, If your building is 'U-shaped', it is possible that the initial duct layout that
Right-Draw produces might have ducts that extend outside the walls of the building. In
the example, most of the ducts are drawn in blue. There is a section of one duct,
however, that is outside the building. It is drawn in light blue so that you will notice it.
When you change the duct system layout in the unit Property Sheet, you can drag the
duct so that it is inside the building. It is then displayed in the normal blue color.
Overlapping ducts
If you put an air outlet or duct directly on top of another one, Right-Draw will display
them in bright red (NOTE: The overlapping described here is different than the
overlapping/intersecting ducts). Overlapping ducts is usually unintentional and you
probably want to move one of them. For the example, we added a supply branch and
placed it directly on top of another air outlet. Note that it is displayed in bright red.
Once we move one of them, they will both be displayed in blue.
Ducts not connected
If you draw a duct and it is not connected to the ducts system on both ends, it is
displayed a shade lighter of the same color than normal. In the example above, there are
two ducts that are not connected, one on each floor of the building. One common error is
to turn off the snap points; it is very difficult to line up ducts with the snap points off and
many of the ducts will be unconnected.

Rooms with no air outlets


You are now able to have rooms with no registers like hallways, foyers stairwells, walkin closets, etc. It is best to design no air outlet rooms before you draw the ducts. All you
need to do is delete the air outlets you do not need. The loads will be reassigned to

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adjacent conditioned rooms and ducts will be sized accordingly. If you have the Duct
notations layer checked in the Sheets & Layers Tree, the airflow will change on the
screen. The Right-J Worksheet displays where those loads were redistributed on the
Redistribution line, above line 14; values are negative where air outlets have been
removed and positive in the rooms that have been adjusted. The adjustment is also on
the standard reports.
Click on the air outlet you want to remove.
Press the <Delete> key to delete the air outlet.
A pop-up box will appear asking if you are certain you want to delete the air
outlet. Click Yes.

Tips for working with ducts

We recommend that you become familiar with zooming in and out. When you are
working with ducts, it is much easier to connect ducts if you are zoomed in.
Zooming will be especially important when you are working with smaller snap
settings.

Keep snap points on so that the ducts snap together.

Supply air outlets cannot be moved out of a room. If you want to remove an air
outlet you must delete it.

Things to Remember

Notation layer objects can be altered like HVAC Shapes; they also have properties
that can be viewed by selecting the object then right clicking.

You can insert almost any graphic image onto the drawing area. You could even
place your logo on the drawing!

Use the catalog objects to add the finishing touches to your drawings.

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10
Flex Duct System Using
Right-Draw
The example in this chapter will demonstrate how to draw flex duct
systems with Right-Draw.

Summary of Steps ...................................................... 146


Step 1 - Enter the Building Description........................ 146
Step 2 - Enter Equipment AVF & Static Pressure........ 146
Step 3 - Select the Flex Duct Material ......................... 148
Step 4 - Position the Air Outlets .................................. 149
Step 5 - Select the Duct System ................................. 150
Step 6 - Adjust the Flex Duct Routing ......................... 151
Things to Remember................................................... 152

Example Files for This Chapter


Source demo file: DrawFlexDuctStart.rrd
Completed demo file for comparison: ExDrawFlexDuct.rrd
The examples assume that you are running RSR PE in the Demo mode. Your
screens and your results may be different if you use a registered version or an OEM
version.

Summary of Steps
1.

Enter the building description and perform load calculations

2.

Enter equipment AVF and static pressure information

3.

Select the flex duct material

4.

Position the air outlets

5.

Select the duct system layout

6.

Adjust the flex duct routing

Step 1 - Enter the Building Description


For this example, we use the RSR PE demo project file DrawFlexDuctStart.rrd. It
includes a room-by-room building description and load calculations.
Select File | Open | Demo... from the main menu then select the file
DrawFlexDuctStart.rrd and click Open.

Step 2 - Enter Equipment AVF & Static Pressure


For this example, assume that we will be using a 2-ton air conditioner with a fan speed of
800 cfm and 0.50 in H20 of available static pressure. The heating and cooling values are
the same so we only need to enter the data once if the 'Heating=Cooling' box is checked.
Click the Equipment

button to display the Equipment Screen.

Select 'Air conditioner' for the cooling type, 'Furnace' for the heating type,
'Natural gas' for the fuel, and 'none' for the water heating.
Click on the 'Air conditioner' tab.
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Click on 'Design AVF' field in the 'Air Distribution' section then press <F8> to
override the estimated value, delete the existing value and enter '800'
Click on the 'Static pressure' field, enter '0.5' and click OK.

The values that we entered are for the purposes of this example. You would
normally obtain this information from the specification sheet for the specific make and
model of equipment that you intend to install.

The static pressure that we entered does not include system pressure losses.
Click the Right-D

button on the Function Selector Toolbar.

Click on the Static Pressure


Screen.

button to display the Static Pressure

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Notice that the equipment static pressure data has been transferred from the Equipment
Screen to the 'External static pressure' fields. Static pressure losses due to various duct
system components have been subtracted from the external static pressure that we
entered in the Equipment Screen to calculate the available static pressure for our duct
system. These losses were entered in the demo file; they are appropriate for this example
so we will not be changing them.

Step 3 - Select the Flex Duct Material


To draw flex ducts, the duct material must be either round flexible metal (MetlFlx) or
round flexible vinyl (VinlFlx). We want to use round flexible vinyl coated helix ducts
for all supply branches and trunks. We also want to choose our junction box.
Open the Duct Preferences Screen by clicking on the Duct Preferences
button.
button to view the
Select the supply branch Duct material Choices
available duct material choices. Choose 'VinlFlx' then click OK.
Select the supply trunk Duct material Choices button. Choose 'VinlFlx' then
click OK.
Scroll to the bottom of the screen. In the 'Trunk Junction Fittings' section
click on the 'Return Rect branch' choices button. Select the return trunk
junctions tab ('Ret TR junctions') then 10B and click OK.
All other values are appropriate for this example.

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Step 4 - Position the Air Outlets


Click the Right-Draw

button to return to the Right-Draw Screen.

If the air outlets are not visible, click on the box next to the Ducts layer in the
Sheets & Layers Tree.
Move the air outlets to appropriate locations. For this example we will move
them under windows and near doors. Your drawing should look like the one
below.

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Step 5 - Select the Duct System Layout


The duct system for this example will have supply flex branches and trunks.
Click on the unit then right click to bring up the Property Sheet. Select 'Xaxis plenum' for the duct layout and close the Property Sheet
A preliminary duct system will be drawn. The shortest possible route from the trunk to
the air outlet has been used. Fittings and junction boxes have been added where needed.
Notice that the flex ducts are represented by a squiggly line whereas the return duct is a
dashed straight line (supply ducts are solid lines, return ducts are dashed).

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Step 6 - Adjust the Flex Duct Routing


For this example we will reroute the supply branches so that they can be secured to the
floor joists at inside walls. We will start with the supply branch in the Entry.
Select the unit and right click. Choose 'User defined' for the duct layout.
This allows you to make modifications to the Right-Draw duct layout.
Click on the branch duct in the Entry to select it.
button is now available. The edit points option is usually
Note that the Edit Points
only available when editing rooms or Notation layer items. The only time this option is
available for ducts is when flex ducts are selected.
Click on the Edit Points

button on the Right-Draw Toolbar.

Click anywhere on the Entry supply branch and drag the new point to the
inside northwest corner of the Entry.
Click anywhere between the point you just moved and the air outlet then
drag the new point to the inside corner of the southwest corner of the Entry.
Try to bend the duct to look like the example below.

When the flex ducts are shaped, the duct sizes are recalculated with the additional bends.
To further refine the drawing, we could eliminate a fitting if we ran a branch from the
junction box in Entrance Hall to the air outlet by the window directly rather than use the
elbow.
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Click on the elbow by the door in the Entrance Hall (make sure the green
handles are showing; if you have selected the duct by mistake, there will be
one green and one red handle) and drag it on top of the nearest junction box.
When you release the mouse button the elbow will be merged with the junction box as it
is in the drawing below.

Things to Remember

Flex ducts are the only ducts that you can edit points.

You can only use round flexible metal or round flexible vinyl coated helix duct material
types for flex ducts.

Follow the 6 steps to create a flex duct system.


1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.

Enter the building description and calculate the loads


Enter the equipment AVF and static pressure information in the Equipment
screen
Select the flex duct material
Position the air outlets
Select the Duct system layout
Adjust the flex duct routing

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11
Multiple Level Building With All
Trunks on One Level
This chapter explains how to use Right-Draw to design a duct
system for a multiple level house, with all the trunks on one level.
Risers will be used to connect the trunks in the basement to the
upper floors.

Summary of Steps....................................................... 154


Step 1 - Enter the Building Description........................ 154
Step 2 - Enter Equipment AVF & Static Pressure
Information............................................................. 155
Step 3 - Relocate the Air Outlets ................................. 155
Step 4 - Select a One Level Trunk Duct System
Layout.................................................................... 156
Step 5 - Relocate the Risers ....................................... 157
Things to Remember................................................... 159

Example Files for This Chapter


Source demo file: MultilevelDuctStart.rrd
Completed demo file for comparison: ExMultilevelDuct.rrd
The examples assume that you are running RSR PE in the Demo mode. Your
screens and your results may be different if you use a registered version or an OEM
version.

Summary of Steps
1.

Enter the building description as you would any other project

2.

Enter equipment AVF and static pressure information in the Equipment Screen

3.

Relocate the air outlets

4.

Select a one level trunk duct system layout

5.

Relocate risers as necessary

Step 1 - Enter the Building Description


The included demo project, MultilevelDuctStart.rrd has the completed building
description. We just need to open it.
Select File | Open | Demo... from the main menu and double click on the file
MultilevelDuctStart.rrd.
The Right-Draw Screen will be displayed. All three Sheets will be active.

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Select File | Save As | Project... to save the project with a different name.
Type 'MultilevelDuct' as the project name and click the Save button.

Step 2 - Enter Equipment AVF & Static Pressure Information


Click on the Equipment

button to display the Equipment Screen

Click on the Air conditioner tab.

The design AVF and static pressure have already been entered in the demo file.

Step 3 - Relocate the Air Outlets


For this example, we will move the air outlets under windows and near doors. In the
Basement, we will put the air outlets in the center of the rooms. Move the air outlets in
the Basement first, then the Main Floor and finally the Second Floor. You can work on
one at a time by clicking on the 'One sheet at a time' checkbox on the bottom right corner
of the drawing screen. You should view all three sheets at once when you are done to
look for design errors.
Display the Ducts layer for each sheet by placing a check in the checkbox
next to the layer.

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Move the unit and air outlets so that your drawing looks like the drawing
below.

Step 4 - Select a One Level Trunk Duct System Layout


Click on the unit then right click to display the Property Sheet.
Select 'X-axis one-level plenum' from the 'Duct layout' field and close the
Property Sheet to view the duct system.

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Step 5 - Relocate the Risers


Right click on the unit again and select 'User defined' for the duct layout.
This will allow us to modify the duct system.
to a location that makes sense. For example, we could
Move each riser
move them to inside walls.

Basement, Main Floor, and Second Floor

Basement

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Main Floor

This color indicates


the level where the
riser ENDS

Interior wall

Main Floor duct

This color
indicates the
level where the
riser BEGINS

Second Floor

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Things to Remember

To enter a duct layout for a multiple level building with all trunks on one level:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

Enter the building description as you would any other project


Enter equipment AVF and static pressure information in the Equipment
Screen
Relocate the air outlets
Select a one level trunk duct system layout
Relocate the risers as necessary

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12
Two-line Drawings
This chapter explains how to use RSCR to generate CAD quality 2line drawings.

What is the Two-Line Duct Module?............................ 162


Multiple Drawing Modes .............................................. 162
Tips for using two-line ducts ........................................ 164
Things to Remember................................................... 166

What is the Two-Line Duct Module?


HVAC system designers have always wanted scaled, plan view drawings of ductwork to
make it obvious what the ductwork should look like, and how it should fit into the
building. Professional Engineers have used CAD programs to construct drawings of
their HVAC designs. Now, designers can skip the tedious drawing part, and instead, use
Wrightsofts new, automatic scaled drawings.

Example Files for This Chapter


For this chapter we will use the included demo project, Ex2LineDucts.rrd.
Select File | Open | Demo... from the main menu and double click on the file
Ex2LineDucts.rrd.
The Right-Draw Screen will be displayed. Both Sheets will be active.

Multiple Drawing Modes


Figure 1 shows a one-line presentation of ductwork. In some circumstances, this
schematic-quality presentation is just right. To select one-line ducts:
Press Ctrl-1
Or
Select Drawing | Duct Drawing Mode | One-Line Ducts from the menu.

Figure 1 - One-Line Ductwork (press Ctrl-1)


The conversion to 2 lines is essentially instantaneous:

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Press Ctrl-2
Or
Select Drawing | Duct Drawing Mode | Two-Line Ducts from the menu
Figure 2 shows the same duct section as two-line ductwork.

Figure 2 Two Line CAD Ducts (Ctrl-2)


Each of the fittings in Figure 1 has been automatically redrawn as a top (plan) view of
the individual fitting. The one-line fittings are shown as boots, but the two line fittings
reveal that they are ID 4AD, round to rectangular 90-degree boot. The designer selected
this fitting in the Duct Preferences Screen in the Fitting Preferences section. Wrightsoft
has designed matching CAD fittings for each of the fitting ID's in ACCA's Manual D,
January 1995 Edition. This means that regardless of which fitting a designer may
choose, RSR PE will automatically calculate the airflow and size of each fitting using
ACCAs duct fittings, look up the fitting drawing, and draw the scaled fitting in the
correct orientation. These same fitting drawings are available to the designer as a
printout, or as a new layer in an external CAD file, such as AutoCads DWG format or
DXF.
The third duct drawing mode is frequently used to reduce visual clutter by combining
two- line CAD drawings for trunks with one-line drawings for branch runs. Figure 4
shows the same ductwork as Figure 1 and Figure 2, but with two-line trunks with oneline branches. To obtain this display:
Press Ctrl-3
Or
Select Drawing | Duct Drawing Mode | Mixed two-one line ducts from the
menu

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Figure 4: 2-Line with 1-Line Branches

Tips for using two-line ducts


There are no other tricks to convert between these three modes, and they are all
essentially instantaneous.
There are, however, several tips that designers will appreciate for specific drawing
details:
1.

Changing the color of ducts

2.

Changing register sizes

3.

Changing duct fittings

4.

Specifying offsets in rectangular ductwork

These topics follow as Question and Answers.

How Do You Change the Color of Ducts?


First, bring up the general Property Sheet for the
drawing by right clicking in the area between the
ruler and drawing, or by right clicking outside
other objects.
Next, notice that you can change 2-line colors for
Supply and Return ducts, by clicking on the right
side of the color selector line. You will see a pull
down color chart that allows you to select colors
for supply and return, but will only apply in 2-line
drawing mode. Note also that you can change the
thickness of the drawing line to be medium, thick
or thin.

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How Do You Change Register Sizes?


First, right-click on the register you
want to resize and right-click to
view the property sheet. You can
change the shape, and/or size by
entering new values in the Property
sheet.

How Do You Change Duct Fittings?


In either 1 line or 2-line duct drawing mode, select the fitting you would like to change
by clicking on it. In one-line mode, this is really easy. The green handles are right on
top of the fitting, and make it really obvious. Note that the selection box for 2 line
fittings may not be in the most obvious place.

How Do You Specify Offsets in 2 Line Ducts?


Rectangular trunk runs frequently reduce size as branch runs take off from the trunk.
The reduction from one trunk to the next can be offset to either side, or tapered on both
sides. In general, designers keep the trunk height constant, and reduce trunk width as
cfm decreases in the trunk. For example, in the Figure below,

The offset is to the right; that is, the child (downstream) trunk has its right side aligned
with the parent (upstream) trunk. In the next Figure, the same trunk is aligned to the
right for the 24x8 and 18x8 sections, and to the right for the 14x8 and 8x8 sections. The
trunk duct's Property Sheet allows each trunk duct to be aligned to the upstream trunk
section either to the left, the right, or the center.

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Things to Remember

The 2-line duct module allows CAD-quality duct drawings to be used in Right-Draw.

You can select between 3 duct display modes:


1-line ducts
2-line ducts
2-line trunks and 1-line branches

Note that if ducts have not been sized, they will be drawn as 1-line even if you have
selected 2-line. Make sure that you have entered equipment fan information and the
duct layout is valid.

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13
Multizone Houses
This chapter explains how to use RSR PE to design multizone
HVAC systems.

Summary of Steps............................................................ 168


Multizone Houses............................................................. 168
Balance Loads Among Zones .......................................... 169
Diversity for Multizone Projects ........................................ 169
Multizone House Example................................................ 170
Things to Remember........................................................ 172

Example Files for This Chapter


Source and completed demo file: MZone.rrd
The examples assume that you are running RSR PE in the Demo mode. Your
screens and your results may be different if you use a registered version or an OEM
version.

Summary of Steps
1.

Enter the building description as though the entire house is a single zone

2.

In the Multizone Tree, create zones and assign each room to a zone

3.

Use the Right-J Worksheet to set the diversity for each zone

4.

Define HVAC equipment, either multiple units or a single, central unit with zone
dampers

Multizone Houses
To improve control of comfort conditions or reduce operating energy costs, houses are
frequently divided into HVAC zones, each with its own thermostat. Zoning may also
make it possible to use smaller HVAC systems by considering load diversity, or the fact
that loads may not peak at the same time in each zone.
Typical residential zoning schemes place the living spaces and bedrooms in separate
zones or create separate zones for each floor in a multi-story house.

What is a room?
In RSR PE, a room represents any building space for which you want to calculate loads.
Rooms in your project generally correspond to rooms in the actual house design, but it is
common to combine closets and similar minor areas to adjoining spaces. RSR PE will
calculate loads, airflow and baseboard requirements for each room. If you only need a
quick block load, you can treat the house as one large room.

What is a zone?
In RSR PE, a zone is a group of one or more rooms that have the same indoor conditions,
that is, a single thermostat controls the heating and cooling equipment for one or more
rooms. Each room in a zone uses the same heating and cooling thermostat setpoints.

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Select Zones & Rooms in the Right-J Worksheet


The Right-J Worksheet displays building description inputs and load calculation results
for each room you define. When you create zones and assign rooms with the Multizone
Tree, the Right-J Worksheet automatically groups the rooms together by zone and
enables the prev zone and next zone buttons between the room selection buttons at the
top of the Worksheet. You use the room selection buttons as in single zone cases, but the
rooms are arranged by zone.
To view the data for the Entire House in the Right-J Worksheet, click the prev zone
button until the Entire House heading appears and the prev zone button is grayed out.
Now, the zone control buttons allow you to move between zones (NOTE: The first room
in each zone is also visible).
For each zone, display the rooms within it by clicking on the room selection buttons.

You can also use the Multizone Tree to select a zone for display in the Right-J
Worksheet. Highlight a zone or room name in the Multizone Tree and it becomes visible
in the Worksheet. Notice that the Multizone Tree can be left open to allow quick project
navigation.

Balance Loads Among Zones


After you have completed the load calculations and zone assignments, you should
consider options for balancing loads among zones. Use the Multizone Tree to reassign
rooms to zones and view the results in the Right-J Worksheet or the Load Meter.
Use the Multizone Tree to make what-if evaluations on your zoning scheme. You
can quickly move rooms from one zone to another and instantly see the effects on loads,
ducts and HVAC equipment..

Diversity for Multizone Projects


When you are evaluating a multizone project, you must consider diversity with respect to
cooling loads.

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What is diversity?
Diversity is the term used to describe the fact that the rooms in a house experience their
peak cooling load at different times of the day and thus the entire house peak load may
be less than the sum of the room peak loads. For example, a room with large east-facing
windows will probably have a cooling load peak during the morning. A room with westfacing windows has little solar heat gain during the morning and a large gain during the
afternoon when the east side of the building is in shade. Load diversity simply means
that the total load for the two rooms at any particular time is less than the two peak loads
added together
Manual J 8 recognizes diversity in the Average Load Procedure, which uses multi-hour
averages for many calculation factors. For zones that do not benefit from diversity,
Manual J 8 provides the Peak Load Procedure. The details of these two approaches are
discussed in Chapter 1 of Manual J 8.
Adequate Exposure Diversity (AED) is determined according to Manual J Eighth Edition
by calculating the glazing (fenestration) cooling loads between 8AM and 8PM. If the
highest load during this period exceeds the average fenestration gain (AFG) by 30%, the
AED Excursion (the amount over 30% over the AFG) is added to the zone or house load.
You can see the results of the hourly fenestration loads and AED Excursion on the AED
tab of the Load Meter.

In this example the peak fenestration gain occurs at


around 4PM. However, since the peak fenestration gain is
only 23.4% over the average fenestration gain, the house
is considered to have AED. Therefore, the AED
Excursion is 0, meaning that the average load can be used.
If there was more glass facing one direction, the peak
fenestration gain might go over around 10,100 Btuh (30%
over the average), the AED Excursion would be added to
the house load.

Multizone House Example


The house shown below is a typical candidate for zoning. We will use Right-Suite
Residential to evaluate three multizone approaches.

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The demo project file MZone.rrd contains a building description for the house.

ACCA Example Multi-zone House

Example house description


Item
Weather Site
Design temperatures
Relative Humidity
Walls
Windows
Ceiling
Doors
Floor
Infiltration

Description
Cedar Rapids, IA
90/75 and 70/-5F
55%
R-13 with 1/2" gypsum board [12C-0sw]
Wood frame, operable, clear, doubleglazed [1D-c2ow]
Under vented attic, R-30 insulation [16B30ad]
Hollow core [11A0]
Concrete slab on grade, R-5 horizontal
insulation [22C-5vph]
Average tightness

Single zone starting point


Start by treating the house as one zone, using a standard constant volume, central system
without dampers. Looking at the floor plan, you will see that the windows are evenly
distributed on all sides of the house, and therefore the house has AED.

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Central VAV system


Consider what happens if a variable air volume system is
used instead of a constant volume system to split the house
into two zones.
Diversity still applies as far as the HVAC equipment is
concerned, because all exposures are of similar importance.
The Entire House has AED and the total load on the
equipment is calculated using the Average Load Procedure
(ALP) method.
On the other hand, the two zones each have a primary orientation, so they do not have
AED. RSR calculates the zone loads and air requirements by adding the AED Excursion
to the ALP load. Right-D will size the ducts using the larger peak load values. Because
the entire house still has AED, the equipment and the main supply duct will be sized
using the Average Load Procedure loads.
The latent load is not affected; it is the same as the latent load for the single zone case.

Equipment in the zones


The figure to the right shows the use of two units arranged to
cool living or sleeping areas. This approach provides positive
control by having separate thermostats and separate units but
requires more total capacity than either the single zone
approach or the central zone system.
Because the two units must each provide the peak for their own
zone, the combined capacity is the sum of the two peaks, which
is greater than the other approaches.
Select Options | Equipment in zones from the main menu to
evaluate this arrangement.

Things to Remember

To create a multizone design, first enter all building description and project
information as you would for a single-zone design. Then assign each room to a zone,
using the Multizone Tree.

The Multizone Tree is used to quickly create and delete zones and rooms, assign
rooms to zones, and move rooms among zones.

Use the Multizone Tree to do what-if cases to optimize load balance.

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For multizone projects, the Zone Information, Infiltration, Equipment, and other
screens provide specific information for the currently selected zone.

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14
Design a Geothermal Loop
System
This chapter explains how to design and size a geothermal heat
exchange loop.

Example Files for This Chapter ................................... 176


Summary of Steps....................................................... 176
Step 1 - Select the Bin Data & Earth Temperature
Cities ..................................................................... 177
Step 2 - Select the Equipment..................................... 177
Step 3 - Select the Loop/Equipment Configuration...... 179
Step 4 - Select the Loop Characteristics ..................... 180
Step 5 - Select the Circulating Pump........................... 183
Things to Remember................................................... 185

Example Files for This Chapter


Source demo file: ExACCA.rrd
Completed demo file for comparison: ExACCA-L.rrd
The examples assume that you are running RSR PE in the Demo mode. Your
screens and your results may be different if you use a registered version or an OEM
version.

Summary of Steps
There are five additional steps necessary to complete a geothermal loop design once the
load calculation is complete.
You can either enter the building description in Right-J to calculate the loads or
enter the loads manually if you already know what they are.

1.

Select the bin data and earth temperature cities

2.

Select the ground-source heat pump equipment

3.

Select the loop/equipment configuration

4.

Select the loop characteristics

5.

Select the circulating pump

Example Loop Design


We will use the included demo project, ExACCA.rrd.
From the menu, select File | Open | Demo
Select 'ExACCA.rrd' from the list of demo project files
Select File | Save As | Project... and change the project file name to
'MyACCA-L'. Click Save.
We now have a project file named MyACCA-L.rrd that is a copy of ExACCA.rrd.

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Step 1 - Select the Bin Data & Earth Temperature Cities


Go to the Project Information Screen. You will see that the bin data city is Des Moines
MAP, IA and the earth temperature city is Des Moines. Because we are working in
Demo mode, you will not be able to change any of the weather data. The weather data is
correct so let us continue with these values.

If you have licensed the Right-Loop module, when you do your own loop designs
(not in Demo mode) you will be able to change the bin data city. Click on the Choices
button for the bin data city then choose a state. Click on the '+' to display the cities. Click
on a city and click Select.
Because the cities and other design conditions do not change from project to
project, you will probably want to specify them in a template file so that you will not have to
select them every time you do a loop design.

Step 2 - Select the Equipment


To select the ground source
heat pump equipment, click
the Equipment button to
display the Equipment
Screen.
Select Ground source HP,
select Electric strip for the
backup heating and select
none for the water heating.

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Now it is time to select the ground source heat pump.


Click the GSHP tab
Click the Select
Equipment button at the
bottom of the window to
display the Equipment
Selection Screen.
In the Manufacturer box,
scroll down and select
Sample Equipment
Corp.
Note that there are a few models
listed. We want to use a ground
source heat pump with an energy efficiency ratio of 20. The filter settings (upper right
corner) are preventing them from being displayed. Let us change the limit to display
more models.
Change the energy efficiency ratio in the filter from 15.0 to 20.0 by clicking
on the EER field and typing 20.
Now there are numerous
models from the Sample
Equipment Corp that meet the
capacity and EER limits in
the filter. However, we are
still going to select the
smaller unit, because it is
more efficient than the larger
models.
Select model
SAMPLE036. Click
OK.

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Filters are useful when considering manufacturers with many model listings. They
allow you to quickly focus on models that meet your sizing and efficiency requirements.
You can also filter for specific equipment types with the model prefix and coil prefix filters.
You can avoid over or under sizing the equipment by choosing models that differ from the
target load by certain percentages, which can be entered in the 'Capacity / load %' filter
fields.

RSR PE has transferred the detailed performance data for the heat pump you selected to
the GSHP tab of the Equipment Screen. RSR PE has also calculated the capacity and
efficiency at the design entering water temperatures (EWTs; see design values in the
lower right corner).
The design entering water temperatures were selected by RSR PE based on the bin
weather data. Because our example is heating-dominant (the heating load is much higher
than the cooling load), we will size our loop based on the heating load. We will be using
some sort of anti-freeze in this design, because the heating EWT is 25 F, which is lower
than the freezing temperature of water (32 F).

Step 3 - Select the Loop/Equipment Configuration


RSR PE gives you a great deal of flexibility in configuring equipment and loops. You can
have one loop for each heat pump or you can have multiple heat pumps for each heat
loop. You assign loops to heat pumps in the Loop Tree.

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Click the Right-Loop


button
on the Function Selector Toolbar
then click the Loop Tree
button to display the Loop Tree.

Because the configuration for our


example is very simple (one loop, one
heat pump) we do not need to make any
changes. RSR PE has associated the
only equipment we have with the default
loop.

Step 4 - Select the Loop Characteristics


Select the Loop Worksheet

button to display the Loop Worksheet.

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RSR PE has all the information it needs to calculate the loop length. Using the default
settings, the Loop Worksheet has already selected a loop length (Total pipe) and other
design values. You can modify the loop design to meet the needs of this particular job.
Click on the configuration input Choices

button.

Select the Slinky tab (NOTE: The tabs on the bottom of the screen
represent major configuration types).

Select 12, slinky-flat from the two slinky configurations that are shown and
click OK.
RSR PE recalculates the loop length located on the lower right part of your screen, using
this new configuration. Now we can enter any additional details for our loop design
Click on the pipe Choices button and select PE SCHED 40, 3/4 and click
OK.
Click the soil type Choices button and select Saturated sand'.
Click the coolant Choices button, select Propylene glycol and click OK.
Note that each change we make affects the loop length. You can experiment with these
loop characteristics to fine-tune your loop design.
On the right side of the Loop Worksheet, we see that the slinky loop length is 6,692 ft
and requires 513 ft of trench. Let us see how long a vertical configuration would be.
Click the configuration Choices button and click the Vertical tab.

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Choose configuration type 14, 2 pipe (single loop) and click OK.
Increase the pipe size to '2'.
Whoops! RSR PE displays a dialog box telling us that our Reynolds number has fallen
below the minimum necessary to maintain appropriate heat transfer. It has also given us
five suggested solutions. Click OK.
The Reynolds number is calculated from all the factors that affect the flow of fluid
in the pipe. A higher Reynolds number indicates more turbulence (swirling and mixing) in
the flow inside the pipe. For geothermal loops, more turbulence means better heat
transfer between the fluid in the pipe and the earth. Good practice calls for a Reynolds
number of 2,500 or higher for geothermal loops.

Reduce the pipe size to '1 1/2'.


The Reynolds number is now acceptable and the loop length has been calculated. The
Loop Worksheet shows that the loop length has dropped to 630 ft. That would be a 315
ft bore hole, with one pipe up and one pipe down). Now let us see how a horizontal loop
looks.
Click the configuration Choices button and click the Horizontal tab.
Choose 2, 2 pipe, 1 x 2 and click OK.
Our loop length is now 1,597 ft with a 799 ft trench. Right-Loop has allowed us to make
a quick survey of three configuration options. A summary of the total pipe lengths is
shown below:
Configuration
Slinky
Vertical
Horizontal

Loop Length
6,692 ft
630 ft
1,597 ft

For this example, leave the ground loop set to horizontal (2, 2 pipe (1 x 2)').

Loop Details Screen


We can use the Loop Details Screen to view the intermediate calculations and values that
RSR PE used to calculate the loop length.
Click the Loop Details

button to display the Loop Details Screen.

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At the top of the screen is a chart of the loop length at various entering water
temperatures (EWT) for this heat pump. The green line on the chart represents the
design loop length from the Loop Worksheet. This chart shows how sensitive the loop
length is to the entering water temperature for loop lengths greater than about 3,000ft. In
this example, adding more length does little to allow any increase in EWT. In other
words, loop lengths over 3,000ft are probably a poor investment.
Other information for the loop, piping and soil that we selected on the Loop Worksheet is
also shown. You can also change the time and minimum Reynolds number in this screen
if desired.

Step 5 - Select the Circulating Pump


Click the Pump Worksheet

button to view the Pump Worksheet.

Use the Pump Worksheet to calculate the total head loss to be used in sizing the
circulating pump. The top of the screen shows the head loss of the water coil for the heat
pump at the rated gallons per minute (gpm). This was automatically calculated when you
selected the heat pump. You can use the bottom section to calculate the head loss of the
rest of the system. Right-Loop has already entered the information for the ground loop.

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The first row has been started for the hose connection. Let us finish it. Complete the
next two steps for the connection row.
Click the '# fittings etc.' field and type 2 (we will assume that there will be a
connector on the supply and one on the return).
Move to the 'Pipe len.' field and type 20 (10 hose each on the supply and
return).
The total equivalent length of the hose and the head loss will be calculated and filled in.
For the connection, the Worksheet shows 26ft for the total equivalent length and 0.42ft
H20 for the head loss. . For the header, we will use a 1-1/4 schedule 40 pipe. Complete
the following steps for the header row.
Double-click the 'Pipe size' field and select 1 (you can also type 1.25 in
the input field).
Double-click in the 'Pipe type' field and select PE SCHED 40.
There are 6 fittings (one connector each on the supply and return pipes and
four elbows for routing the piping), so type 6 in the '# fittings etc.' field.
Enter a length of 30ft in the 'Pipe len.' field (15 each for the supply and
return).
At the bottom of the screen, Right-Loop suggests that we select a pump with an output of
20.27ft H2O. You can enter the pump model number from the manufacturers data sheet
as well as the number of pumps. These fields are not used for calculations, but they will
be printed on the reports.

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Pump Details Screen


Click the Pump Details
Screen

button to display the Circulating Pump Details

This screen shows the intermediate values used to calculate the total head loss displayed
on the Pump Worksheet.

Save Your Project


Select File | Save from the main menu to save your project or click on the
Save

button.

You can compare your results with the completed ExACCA-L.rrd file.

Things to Remember

Right-Loop allows you to quickly evaluate various heat exchange loop types and
configurations.

You can select a pipe configuration by clicking on the configuration Choices button.

Right-Loop will calculate the volume of water and antifreeze for your loops.

When the Reynolds number in the loop falls below the minimum value (which you can
change on the Loop Details Screen); you need to make changes that will increase the
velocity of the fluid. RSR PE provides warnings and suggestions when the Reynolds
number is too low.

The EWT Loop Length Graph shows the loop length for a given EWT; the design loop
length from the Loop Worksheet is also shown.

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15
Design Radiant Heating &
Snow Melting Systems
This chapter explains how to design radiant loop heating and a
snow melting systems.

Example Files for This Chapter ................................... 188


What Does Right-Radiant Plus Do? ............................ 188
Summary of Steps for a Radiant Heating Design ........ 188
Summary of Steps for a Snow Melting Panel Design .. 201
Things to Remember................................................... 205

Example Files for This Chapter


Source demo file: Example Load.rrd
Completed demo file for comparison: Radiant Example.rrd
The examples assume that you are running RSR PE in the Demo mode. Your
screens and your results may be different if you use a registered version or an OEM
version.

What Does Right-Radiant Plus Do?


Right-Radiant Plus helps you quickly and easily design radiant panel heating and snow
melting panel systems. Like other RSR PE program components, Right-Radiant Plus is
directly linked to building load information. You can describe the building and operating
conditions, then calculate loads with either Right-J or Right-Draw. From that point,
producing a radiant panel design requires little additional effort.
An accurate, room-by-room load calculation is a fundamental requirement for a
successful radiant panel design.

After the loads are determined, all you need to do is indicate which rooms have radiant
panels then enter the type and area of the each panel. Using Radiant Panel Property
Sheets or the Radiant Heating Worksheet screens, you can fine-tune the design to meet
any special requirements.

Right-Draw offers some particular advantages when entering building descriptions


for use with Right-Radiant Plus. Right-Draw understands the relative positions of
conditioned spaces and accounts for the heat transfer that occurs from the back of radiant
panels into the other conditioned spaces. This cannot be done on the Worksheet alone.
In addition, Right-Draw easily handles complex radiant heating panel shapes.

Summary of Steps for a Radiant Heating Design


1.

Enter the project data, building description and load information

2.

Select the radiant preferences

3.

Draw the radiant loops and refine the panel design

4.

Review manifolds

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5.

Review tail lengths

6.

Design central system

Before We Begin
Before we begin designing a radiant heating system with Right-Radiant Plus, we should
first become familiar with the terms used in this chapter.
Radiant panel - A heated surface used for heating a room or for snow melting. A room
can have at most two radiant panels (one floor, one ceiling). A panel has one or more
loops, which need not be identical.
Snow melting panel - A special case of radiant panel used outdoors to melt snow.
Loop - One continuous run of tubing, without branches, running from a manifold,
through a radiant panel, and back to the manifold. Loop length includes panel tubing
plus tails.
Tail - Although the tubing is continuous, the portion of the tubing that runs from the
radiant panel to the manifold and from the manifold to the radiant panel is known as the
tail. Total loop length includes the tail lengths.
Manifold - A collection point for a number of loops. A manifold has a supply side and a
return side. All loops served by a manifold have the same supply temperature and the
same pressure loss (balancing valves are used to achieve design flow rates in each loop).
The return temperature can be calculated by determining the flow per loop, estimating
the output per loop given the flow/temperature conditions, and calculating the
temperature of the mixed loop returns. A manifold can serve more than one zone.
Open the 'Example Load.rrd' file to follow along.
We will not be entering any information for this example. All of this information has
already been entered. We will be dropping a radiant panel in the Right-Draw screen just
to see how it is done.

Step 1 - Enter the Project Data, Building Description & Load Calculations
The weather location is appropriate for this example. The building has been described in
Right-Draw and the loads have been calculated and summarized by Right-J on the RightJ Worksheet and at the bottom of the Zone Information Screen. The rooms have been
organized into zones and the design conditions (Indoor Conditions on the Zone
Information Screen) for each zone have been lowered to account for the comfort
advantages of radiant heating (a 2-5 oF reduction is recommended by many designers).

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Step 2 - Select the Radiant Preferences


Right-Radiant Plus automatically sizes tubing loops and assigns them to manifolds
following the guidelines on the Radiant Heating Preferences Screen. For example, if the
default tubing preference is set to 3/8, all loops created will use that tubing size. You
can change values after the fact, but the best strategy is to set the preferences before you
design your panels. If you know this is a job for 1/2 tubing, set the default accordingly.
Click the Right-Radiant Plus

button on the Function Selector Toolbar

then click the Radiant Heating Preferences

button.

Below is a description of the radiant preferences you can enter.


Preferred & maximum delta-T
These two values modify how Right-Radiant Plus generates loops. In designing loops,
Right-Radiant Plus attempts to establish the preferred temperature difference between the
supply and return of the manifold but never exceed the maximum.

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Floor cover R-value


This value represents the resistance of floor coverings (wood finish floor or carpet) and
has a large effect on the heat output of a floor radiant panel. Set it appropriately for the
current job. You may enter a different value for each loop in the Radiant Heating Loop
Worksheet.
To set the floor cover R-value, click on the Choices button next to that field.
Select the R-value or the floor covering type (Heavy carpet, R-0.80) and click
OK.
Be sure that the values of floor cover R-value are realistic and accurately reflect
what the homeowner plans to install.

Fluid
You may modify the fluid type for each manifold in the Radiant Heating Manifold
Worksheet. Press the Choices button to see a list of available fluids.
Manifold limits
These values affect how Right-Radiant Plus generates manifold designs.
The Maximum supply temperature is the maximum entering water temperature allowed
for any loop. In some cases, it limits panel surface temperature, and thus, panel output.
If a room requires supplementary heat, check the surface temperature on the Radiant
Heating Loop Worksheet. If the surface temperature is less than maximum surface
temperature, one probable cause is insufficient loop supply temperature. Increasing the
maximum supply temperature is one remedy.
The Maximum head pressure is the maximum supply-return pressure difference that
Right-Radiant Plus allows during radiant loop calculations. It determines the maximum
flow rate (and thus the minimum delta-T) for each loop. This value should be consistent
with the capabilities of the loop circulation pump(s) to be used in the system.
Radiant panel options
There are 3 sets of radiant panel preferences. There is one set for radiant panels on the
ground floor, upper floors and ceilings. For each set, you can define:

Construction. Use the Choices button for a list of options. You may modify this for
each loop in the Radiant Heating Loop Worksheet or in the property sheet for the
panel in Right-Draw.

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The construction that you select determines how the radiant loop is displayed in
Right-Draw. If you select any 'Staple up' construction, the loop will be laid out between
joists. If you select any 'ThermalBoard' construction, the loop will indicate individual
modular panels that are assembled to make up the entire loop. If you select one of the
other, free form constructions, you can select more complex loop configurations in the
radiant loop's Property Sheet.

Tube size and type. Select from the drop-down list. You may modify this for each
loop in the Radiant Heating Loop Worksheet or in the property sheet for the panel in
Right-Draw.

Recommended and maximum pipe length per loop.

Tube spacing for embedded floors, non-embedded floors and ceilings. You may
modify this later for each loop to handle special situations.

You may modify the maximum surface temperature for each loop.

Perimeter setback or the distance between the edge of the panel and the outside pipe.

Tail allowance is the total (supply and return) length of pipe needed to connect the
radiant panel to the manifold. Normally, you don't need to enter a value here
because these lengths are calculated automatically by Right-Draw. However, if you
elect to not link Right-Draw and Right-Radiant Plus, these values will be used.
You can predefine radiant panel preferences sets and store them in the Library.
You can then select an entire set of preferences from the drop-down list at the top
of this section. See the Library section in the appendix for details.

Components
These options modify which components are entered in the parts list in Right-Proposal
Plus. You may select types for manifolds, tubing fasteners, and thermostats. Some OEM
versions have different choices for components.
Apply button
In the upper right corner is the Apply button. When you press this button the radiant
design will be recalculated using the current values in the Radiant Heating Preferences
Screen. The values listed below are applied immediately without pressing the Apply
button:

Preferred and maximum delta-T

Maximum supply temperature

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Maximum head

Loops/manifold

All component preferences

This powerful button should be used with care. Use this button only when you want
to make changes to the entire radiant design.

Step 3 - Draw the radiant loops & Refine the Panel Design
Draw the radiant loops
In every room that is to be heated with radiant panels, allocate the area of the floor and/or
ceiling available for radiant tubing.
Click on the Right-Draw
Click on the Radiant Panel

button to view the Right-Draw Screen.


button.

Click anywhere in the Living Room to drop a radiant panel.


If you are using Right-Draw, drop a radiant panel into each room and adjust its size
appropriately. Right-Draw will add a layer called 'Radiant panel'. By default, when you
drop a radiant panel, it is assumed to be on the floor. To change the radiant tubing
location, right click on the panel (after it is dropped) and make the changes in the
Property Sheet. If you drop two panels in a room, the second one is assumed to be a
ceiling. Also note that you can alter panel constructions on the Floor tab of the room
Property Sheet.

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Note that Right-Draw has drawn the loop layout in the loop pattern specified in the
Property Sheet - in this case, '1-way serpentine'. You can select from several other
patterns.
The loop entry points are in the middle of the left wall of the room. We can move this to
be close to where we plan to put the manifold. Just click on the end of the entry points
and drag them toward the top wall. We could move them anywhere on the perimeter of
the room.

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Note that in Right-Draw, you can use the 'edit points' tool to modify the shape of radiant
panels as needed to avoid built-in elements such as kitchen cabinets or bathroom fixtures.
In addition, you can superimpose a floor shape over the radiant panel and its area will be
removed from the radiant panel; this is helpful when there are kitchen islands.

Floor

Edit
points
button on the HVAC Shapes toolbar and place it near the entry
Select the Manifold
points for the radiant panel. Right-Draw will add loop tails to connect the radiant loop to
the manifold.

If the manifold is too far away from the loop entry points, Right-Draw won't add the
tails automatically. You can add them manually, however. Click on the
button on the HVAC Shapes toolbar, click on the entry points and drag to the
manifold.

You can use the 'Edit points' tool to bend the loop tails around obstacles if you need to.
Select the manifolds for the project, considering at least the following:

Location - Manifolds should be located for convenient connection to loops and to


the boiler.

Maximum manifold size - Generally there is a limit to how many loops a manifold
can serve.

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Controls - If you plan to add automatic valves for each loop on the manifold, then a
manifold can serve multiple zones. Otherwise, all loops on a manifold must be
within a zone.

Add manifolds in Right-Draw as necessary to create the required manifolds. Drag and
drop loops in Right-Draw to the correct manifolds. Connect the loops and manifolds
with Radiant Panel Tails.
Right-Radiant Plus will refuse to assign loops to manifolds in some cases, for example if
there is already the maximum number of loops assigned or if the resulting collection of
loops would have incompatible operating temperatures.
If you are entering data directly on the Right-J Worksheet, select appropriate radiant
construction types (in this case 41B0) and enter the associated floor and ceiling areas in
each room. Do not forget to enter the area for a non-radiant construction for the
remaining floor or ceiling area if that area would have significant heat loss or gain.

When entering radiant constructions on either Right-Draw or the Right-J Worksheet, you
will be prompted for Radiant floor additional information. This allows you to alter
default assumptions regarding back and edge insulation.

Allocation tips
Use your experience to allocate the appropriate area for the radiant panels. As will be
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adjust the area you enter. Do not enter a huge area in a room that does not need much
heat. Right-Radiant Plus will use the entire area and select a low surface temperature. If
you prefer floor heating, do not enter ceiling panel area unless you need it to meet the
load.
With experience, you can enter all the radiant constructions when you enter the initial
building description. Whichever order you use, be sure to set up radiant preferences
before you enter radiant constructions, that way, Right-Radiant Plus will automatically
design a system the closely matches your requirements.

Refine your panel design


As automatic as Right-Radiant Plus is, it cannot always do a perfect job the first time.
You can check the design by reviewing values on the Radiant Heating Room Worksheet.

Look for under-heated rooms. Any room that requires Supplemental heating needs
more heat than the radiant panels can produce as designed.

Look for low values of Surface temperature. If the value is significantly below the
maximum allowed, then the panel is too big (Supplemental heating = 0 in this case)
or the available water temperature is too low (Supplemental heating > 0). For
example, if you entered 80 F for the floor maximum surface temperature (on
Radiant Heating Preferences Screen) but the Radiant Heating Room Worksheet
shows Surface temperature of 74 F, your design may have too much panel area or it
is water temperature limited.

If a room shows Supplemental heating, and thus needs more output, you can:

Increase panel area

Select a construction that has better thermal performance (for example, heat transfer
plate constructions will produce more heat than will staple up constructions)

Add a ceiling panel in addition to a floor panel

Reduce cover R-value (on Radiant Heating Loop Worksheet)

Reduce tube spacing (on either the Room or the Loop Worksheet)

Increase the Maximum surface temperature (on the Loop Worksheet)

Increase the Supply temperature (on the Radiant Heating Preferences Screen)

If a room has no Supplemental heating and the surface temperature is significantly below
the maximum, the panel may be too big, resulting in a design that is more expensive than
needed. Your options include:

Accept the design as is

Reduce panel area

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Increase tube spacing it may be possible to meet the load with less tubing.

Select a lower performance (but perhaps cheaper) construction.

Step 4 - Review the manifolds


The mainifold assignments can be reviewed on the Radiant Heating Manifold Tree.
Click on the

button to display the Radiant Heating Manifold Worksheet.

Click on the 'Manifold Tree' button at the top of the screen to display the
Manifold Tree.
For heating loops, click on the + symbol next to the manifold to display the loops. Text
color provides additional information about the delta-T.

Blue - The loop is operating at the minimum possible delta-T. The maximum
manifold head from the Radiant Heating Preferences Screen is used to calculate the
maximum possible flow rate, which then determines the minimum delta-T.

Red - The loop is operating at the maximum possible delta-T. The maximum deltaT generally has the value entered on Radiant Heating Preferences Screen. However,
the maximum delta-T can be less than the Radiant Heating Preferences Screen
maximum if the maximum manifold supply temperature (as entered on Radiant
Heating Preferences Screen) is too low or if the Radiant Heating Preferences Screen
maximum would cause the loop return temperature to be below room temperature.

Black - The loop is operating between the minimum and maximum delta-T.

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Use descriptive names, such as Upstairs Hall to make your design easy to review and
understand (NOTE: Manifolds can be renamed by clicking on the name in the tree and
then clicking on the 'Rename' button).

Step 5 - Review the Tail Lengths


Now that you know which loops are connected to which manifolds, you should verify
that each loop has sufficient tail length to reach the manifold. If Right-Radiant Plus is
linked to Right-Draw, tail lengths will be calculated automatically. However, if they are
not linked, you need to enter them manually. This will require that you perform some
physical layout of the tubing areas and estimate the tail runs back to the manifolds.
On the Radiant Heating Loop Worksheet, enter the adjusted Tubing tail lengths. This
can be a cut-and-try process, because changing tail lengths causes Right-Radiant Plus to
redesign all the loops in a panel (so all loops in a panel have the same total length).
Redesigning the loops may alter manifold assignments (for example, adding a long tail
allowance might require another loop which in turn exceeds the manifold maximum loop
limit, causing another manifold to be added). Arrgh! Back to the Manifold Tree for
more fiddling. This sounds like it will never end, but in practice it is easy to design
radiant heating systems.

Step 6 - Design the Central System


Using summary values, you can size the boiler, select pumps and design controls. To
size the pumps:
Click on the
Worksheet

button to display the Radiant Heating Pump Sizing

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The main section of this screen has a list of pipe sections. The line for the radiant loops
is added automatically. You can add additional piping if you need to. Just click on the
'Add' button at the top of the screen. The total fluid flow and head are calculated for all
the pipe sections. Use these values to select the pump(s) for your radiant heating design.
Enter the make, model, etc. of the pumps that you select.
All of the data in this screen appears in the 'Radiant Heating: Piping' report.

Save the File & Print the Reports


To save your file, select File | Save As | Project... from the main menu.
There are four radiant reports (design summary, manifold summary, piping, and tubing
requirements). Because Right-Radiant Plus has automatic parts takeoffs, the Proposal
reports will automatically contain parts list information and other proposal details. You
may want to preview all 7 reports (four Right-Radiant Plus and three Right-Proposal
Plus) to see what kinds of information are provided on the reports. Previewing reports
will also help you catch errors you did not see on the screen. Make the corrections as
necessary and then print the final reports. To preview and print these reports:
Select File | Print Preview from the main menu.
Select the reports from the Choose Reports window (click to select and click
to deselect) then click OK.
Preview the reports and if there are no changes, click Print in the upper left
corner.

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Verify the printer settings and click OK.

Summary of Steps for a Snow Melting Panel Design


Designing a snow melting system is a lot like designing a radiant heating system.
To design a snow melting system use almost the same steps:
1.

Select the snow melt preferences

2.

Enter the design temperature, wind speed, and snowfall rate

3.

Draw the snow melt loops and refine the panel design

4.

Review manifolds

5.

Review tail lengths

6.

Design central system

Step 1 - Enter Snow Melting Preferences


Enter the appropriate settings for the preferences. See Help | Snow Melting Overview
for an explanation of the terms.

Step 2 - Enter the Design Temperature, Wind Speed & Snowfall Rate
Enter these values on the Snow Melting Worksheet. Access the worksheet by clicking
on the Snow Melting Worksheet
button. Double click on the 'Snowfall rate' field
and choose the rate appropriate for your conditions.

Step 3 - Draw the Snow Melt Loops and Refine the Panel Design
Click on the
button in the HVAC Shapes toolbar and draw the outline of
the snow melting region.

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Click on the radiant panel button in the HVAC Shapes toolbar and click on
the Driveway to add snow melting loops.

Use the same techniques as we used to design radiant heating loops to add the manifold
and tails, change the shape of the loop area, etc.
Select the manifolds for the project, considering at least the following:

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Location - Manifolds should be located for convenient connection to loops and to


the equipment.

Maximum manifold size - Generally there is a limit to how many loops a manifold
can serve.

Add manifolds in Right-Draw as necessary to create the required manifolds.


Right-Radiant Plus will refuse to assign loops to manifolds in some cases, for example if
there is already the maximum number of loops assigned or if the resulting collection of
loops would have incompatible operating temperatures.

Step 4 - Review Manifolds


The mainifold assignments can be reviewed on the Snow Melting Manifold Tree.
Click on the

button to display the Snow Melting Manifold Worksheet.

Click on the 'Manifold Tree' button at the top of the screen to display the
Manifold Tree.

Step 5 - Review Tail Lengths


Now that you know which loops are connected to which manifolds, you should verify
that each loop has sufficient tail length to reach the manifold. This will require that you
to perform some physical layout of the tubing areas and estimate the tail runs back to the
manifolds.
On the Snow Melting Loop Worksheet, enter the adjusted tubing tail lengths. This can
be a cut-and-try process, because changing tail lengths causes Right-Radiant Plus to
redesign all the loops in a panel (so all loops in a panel have the same total length).
Redesigning the loops may alter manifold assignments.

Step 6 - Design the Central System


Using summary values, you can size the boiler, select pumps and design controls. To
size the pumps:
Click on the

button to display the Snow Melting Pump Sizing Worksheet

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The main section of this screen has a list of pipe sections. The line for the snow melting
loops is added automatically. You can add additional piping if you need to. Just click on
the 'Add' button at the top of the screen. The total fluid flow and head are calculated for
all the pipe sections. Use these values to select the pump(s) for your snow melting
design. Enter the make, model, etc. of the pumps that you select.
All of the data in this screen appears in the 'Snow Melting: Piping' report.

Radiant Heating Quick Quote


You can quickly estimate the cost of materials for a radiant design using Right-Radiant
Plus's Quick Quote. Quick Quote calculates the radiant loop length using summary and
average information. It is completely separate from Right-Draw and Right-J.

Select Options | Radiant heating quick quote mode from the menu.
Click on the

button to display the Radiant Quick Quote Screen.

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The load will be estimated from the 'Average panel output required' and 'Total panel area'.
The loop will be designed from the preferences that you enter in the rest of the top section.
The results of the loop calculations and costs will be displayed in the bottom section. In
addition, the Right-Radiant Plus Room, Loop, and Manifold Worksheets will have the
details of the simplified loop design calculations and the parts for the radiant design will
appear in the Right-Proposal Bill of Materials.

Things to Remember

For radiant heating design, Right-Draw offers the advantage of allowing the
consideration of back losses from radiant panels into other conditioned spaces.

Check for under-heated rooms by looking for values in the Supplemental heating
column on the Radiant Heating Room Worksheet.

Check for low values of panel surface temperature in the Radiant Heating Room
Worksheet. Low values may indicate opportunities for reducing the cost of the radiant
system.

Save time by creating Radiant Panel Preferences in the Right-Suite Residential


Library for each of the radiant heating system configurations you use.

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Sales Presentations
with Right-$
This chapter shows you how to analyze system and operating costs
for as many as four systems. Graphical comparisons will help your
customers understand their purchase options.

Example Files for This Chapter ................................... 208


What Does Right-$ Do? .............................................. 208
A Right-$ Example ...................................................... 208
Things to Remember

........................................... 213

Example Files for This Chapter


Source demo file: R$Examp.rrd
Completed demo file for comparison: ExR$Exam.rrd
The examples assume that you are running RSR PE in the Demo mode. Your
screens and your results may be different if you use a registered version or an OEM
version.

What Does Right-$ Do?


Right-$ makes it possible to quickly and conveniently compare the financial aspects of as
many as four HVAC system alternatives. With Right-$ your sales presentations will be
easier to prepare and you will be able to provide information for decision making to your
most demanding customers.
The comparisons consider initial costs, operating costs, interest rates and monthly
payments. In addition to tables of annual costs and savings, Right-$ also provides
overall calculations of simple payback periods and return on investment. A variety of
bar charts make the comparisons easy to understand by showing costs and savings for the
alternatives side-by-side.
By taking future savings into account, your customers will understand why spending a
little more up front will be a smart choice for them. Right-$ helps create a win-win
situation by giving your customers the confidence needed to make good decisions and by
giving you the sale.
If you define standard system alternatives in an RSR PE template, the System
Comparison Screen will automatically analyze the systems as soon as the loads are
calculated.

A Right-$ Example
System Comparison
Let us compare four air source heat pump systems.
Start by opening the demo project R$Examp.rrd'.
Open the Project Information Screen.
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Because we are using RSR PE in Demo mode, we cannot edit weather data. You will see
that the bin data city has been entered. Operating costs for heat pumps require the bin
data city information for calculations. Leave the bin data city set to Fort Worth/Carswell
AFB.
With a licensed version of RSR PE, you can edit the weather data cities by clicking
the Choices button for the 'Weather location field. Select the country, state and city then
click OK. For the bin data city, click the bin data city Choices button, then make your
selection. Click on the plus (+) sign to the left of a state to display a list of cities; click on a
city and press Select.

To open the System Comparison Screen, click the Right-$

button on

the Function Selector Toolbar then click the System Comparison


button.
The Base System has been filled in with the equipment that was selected when we did the
load calculation. For this example, however we want to change the backup heating type
to electric strip.
Click the system name Choices button under the Base System.
Select 'Air source HP' for the cooling type, then Electric strip and 'Electricity'
for the backup heating type and fuel. Make sure the water heating is 'none'.
Click on the Air source HP tab then click on the Select Equipment button.
Choose 'Sample Equipment Corp' for the manufacturer. In the Filter section,
enter a minimum Capacity/load of 85% then enter '10.2' for the minimum and
maximum SEER and press <Enter>. This will narrow your options making it
easier for you to find and select the HPP056102-072 model. Click OK.
Click on the Data tab and enter '2900' in the Initial Costs section for
Equipment ($).
Click OK because you have finished entering the data for the Base System.
You will see that the Base System is an air source heat pump with the 'Sample
HPP056102-072' make and model. Also notice that the efficiency data has been entered.
Repeat the following steps for Investments 1, 2, and 3 using the information
in the table below.
1.

Select the system type (air source HP with electric strip and no water heating)

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2.

Select the equipment (make sure you enter the information into the filter to make
selection easier; to narrow your model search, enter the SEER listed in the table for
both the minimum and maximum SEER). You will have to change the minimum
capacity/load filter to 85% each time you select a model.

3.

Enter the cost on the Data tab.


System Option

Base System, SEER =


10.2
Investment 1, SEER = 11.0
Investment 2, SEER = 11.7
Investment 3, SEER = 13.0

Condenser
Model

Coil
Model

HPP056102-072
HPS056110-075
HPS057117-078
HPS059130-083

Initial
Cost
$2,900

AH056
AH057
AH059

$3,050
$3,200
$3,450

The System Comparison Screen shows efficiency, energy cost and financial return
information for each system. For the three investments, the financial return and savings
are compared to the Base System.

Interpret the Cost Comparison Screen


The Cost Comparison
button will take you to the Cost Comparison Screen, which
provides more detailed financial information, including initial cost, annual costs and
savings, and monthly payments for financed equipment.
Use the results from Right-$ to help your customers choose the best system for
them. The common financial decision criteria are provided including savings, simple
payback period and return on investment. You can also use Right-$ to calculate monthly
payments for financed equipment.

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Lets look at the Base System. This particular air source heat pump costs $2,900. In the
first year it will cost the customer $1,233 to run. By year 10, the heat pump will have
cost them $12,327. Now if we look at Investment 4, we see that the initial cost is over
$500 more than the Base System however, by year 10, the Investment 4 heat pump will
have cost $10,521 to run. This is a savings of over $1,800!
At the bottom of the screen is the number of years for the payback, the return on
investment percentage (ROI) and the potential savings per month (NOTE: There is no $
saved, payback, ROI or potential savings for the Base System because this is the system
that the Investments systems are compared to).

Investment Comparisons
Right-$ provides six useful graphs to help understand the financial results. Press the
button to display a graph of the initial costs. Choose other
Investment Comparison
graphs by clicking the buttons at the right side of the screen. You can also change the
analysis period here; doing so will also change the analysis period on the Cost
Comparison Screen. See sample graphs below.

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Save this example by clicking the Save

button.

You can compare your results with the file ExR$Exam.rrd.

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Things to Remember

Right-$ makes it easy to compare operating and other costs for four systems.

Colorful bar charts provide quick graphical comparisons of Right-$ results.

Right-$ can also evaluate the cost of common water heating systems.

Define alternative system designs in a template to speed the process of defining and
evaluating investment options for your customers.

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Assemble Your Costs
This chapter tells you how to use your own library of cost items to
quickly prepare detailed job cost quotes.

What is Right-Proposal Plus?...................................... 216


How Right-Proposal Plus Works ................................. 216
Add, Modify & Delete Categories & Parts in the
Library.................................................................... 217
Assemblies .................................................................. 220
Assemble Your Quote ................................................. 221
Parts Mapping Editor................................................... 223
Things to Remember................................................... 225

What is Right-Proposal Plus?


Right-Proposal Plus helps you quickly assemble cost quotes for your jobs. Using your
own library of item costs, you can quickly select the appropriate items and create a
printed proposal with detailed parts lists and costs.
The Proposal Information Screen lets you define an unlimited number of sections. Each
section is the summary of a detailed list of items you selected from your cost data library.
There are three default sections and three sections that are automatically generated
(called automatic takeoffs) by RSR PE if you own the appropriate modules (see table
below)
Default Sections

RSR PE Generated Sections

Module Needed

Equipment

Duct System Equipment

Right-D

Labor

High Velocity Duct Equipment

Right-HV Duct

Overall Total

Radiant Heating Equipment

Right-Radiant Plus

How Right-Proposal Plus Works


RSR PE uses a Microsoft Access database to hold your own library of cost data. The
database consists of a table of categories and a table of parts for each category. You can
add and edit both the categories and parts to suit your specific needs.
The example database shipped with RSR PE contains a number of categories. You may
wish to add other categories such as flat rate pricing, piping, wiring and subcontracted
pieces.
Each part (cost item) in the database (Library) includes a description and pricing
information. You can add, modify and delete parts in the Library from within RSR PE.
No other programs are required to maintain the Library.
You will need to define the parts in your Library before using Right-Proposal Plus.
You can add new items and modify descriptions and costs as you develop your library of
parts.

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Add, Modify & Delete Categories & Parts in the Library


Add categories & Parts
To access the Library from RSR PE, select the Right-Proposal Plus
button from the Function Selector Toolbar then click the Library Setup
button on the Screen Toolbar.
The Library Setup Screen will appear:

This screen is also used to edit Right-Proposal Plus items. Click on the 'Part'
tab to edit Library items for Right-Proposal Plus.
To see existing categories, drop down the list.

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To add a new category:


Click the Add Category button.
Select a manufacturer from the drop down list and type a description,
discount and margin for the category. Click the OK button to add the new
category
To enter a new manufacturer, click on the 'Manufacturer' tab.

A new line will be added to the category list. When you add a category, you can enter
discount and margin values for the category. When you add a part to this category, the
part's discount and margin will be filled in based on the category discount and margin,
but you can change these values for individual parts as necessary.
To add a part:
Select the Fittings category from the drop down list to display all of the parts
already entered into the Fittings category.

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Click the Add Parts button

In the screen that appears, type the manufacturers part number (TEST1),
description (1" tubing to brass manifold connector), and the package count
(1), click the 'Taxable' box to select it, and type a list price ($17.50) for the
new item. Use the <Tab> key to move from field to field.
Notice that the other costs are entered for you. We will use the category discount and
margin so you do not need to change them.
Click the 'Finish' button to add the item.

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Modify categories & parts


To modify an existing category:
To change the description of a category, select the category you want to
change and click the Edit Category button. For our example, select the
Fittings category.
Type the new description (Radiant Fittings). You can change the discount
and margin in the same manner.
Click the 'OK' button to save your changes.
To modify an existing part:
Select a category (Radiant Fittings) then click on the line in the list of the item
that you want to change. Then, click on the Edit Parts button. We are going
to change the TEST1 fitting that we just created.
The price has gone up on the TEST1 fitting so type $18.50 into the 'List price'
field.
Click the 'OK' button to save your changes.

Delete categories & parts


To delete a part:
To delete a part, click anywhere on the line of the part that you want to delete
and click on the Delete Parts button. Click on the TEST1 part and then click
Delete.
To delete a category:
To delete a category you must first delete all of the parts in that category as described
above then select the category you want to delete and click the Delete Category button.
This is a 'safety' feature so that you do not delete a category by mistake that has
numerous parts.

Assemblies
You can create assemblies consisting of 2 or more parts in your Proposal Library. The
assembly can then be treated just like a single part.
Click on the 'Assembly' tab in the Library Setup Screen.
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At the top is a list of assemblies that have been defined. In the middle is the individual
parts from the Library that make up the assembly. To add an assembly:
Select the Category from the list on the top right of the screen. You can add,
edit, and delete categories just like you did for Parts.
Click on the Add Assemblies button
Type in the name and description
Select the first part that you want to be part of the assembly from the list on
the bottom. Click Select to add the part to the assembly.
Repeat the previous step until all parts to the assembly are in the list in the
middle.

Assemble Your Quote


Click the Proposal Information
Screen.

button to display the Proposal Information

You can type the billing and shipping addresses or select the customer or contractor
boxes to transfer the information from the Project Information Screen (NOTE: Any
changes to the Project Information Screen while the customer or contractor info boxes
are checked will occur in the Proposal Information Screen, too).

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To enter a list of materials for the three major cost categories:


Click the Details button under the Section Summary heading. This displays
the Bill of Materials Screen.

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To add fittings, for example, we'll add a 'Ducts' section and add our TEST1
fitting to the Bill of Materials. Click the right mouse button on any column on
the same row as 'Overall total'.
A menu will be displayed. Select 'Add new section'. Enter 'Ducts' as the
name of the new section and click OK to add the new section.
Click the right mouse button on the 'Ducts' heading. Select 'Add part from
database'.
Select a category (Radiant Fittings) then a part (TEST1) and click on the
Insert button.
You can select all of the items to go into the 'Ducts' Section now. Just keep choosing
parts and clicking the Insert button. For now, we'll close this screen.
Click on the Close button to return to the Bill of Materials Screen.
You will see that the part that you selected is now listed in the Ducts Section on the Bill
of Materials Screen.
If you do not like the default Bill of Materials section names, you can change them.
Click on the section name in the Description field then type the new section name.
If you want to add a part that is not in the database, click the right mouse button in the
section that you want to add the part to, then select 'Add new item' from the menu that
pops up. An empty line will appear under the section name. Enter data for all of the
applicable fields.
If you want to delete an item, click the right mouse button anywhere on the item row then
select 'Remove' from the menu that pops up.
When you have completed all of the sections that apply, you can save your work and
print out the standard Proposal reports (Parts Order, Parts Pull Order, Quotation) or
create custom proposal using the Right-Proposal Plus Proposal Document Screen to edit
and format it.

Parts Mapping Editor


Right-Draw transfers information about parts from your duct and radiant designs to
Right-Proposal Plus. When Right-Draw requires a particular duct fitting, it does not
know the actual make and model unless you associate (map) that duct fitting to an actual
make and model. That is, Right-Draw knows that the design needs a 6" round elbow
(generic part), but does not know which manufacturer or distributor part number (actual
part) you want for the fitting. You can associate 'generic' Right-Draw parts with 'actual'
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parts of your choice by 'mapping' RSR PE's generic parts to your own actual parts in the
Parts Mapping Editor.
Select Show | Right-Proposal Plus | Parts Mapping Editor from the menu

At the top of the screen is the list of generic parts that Right-Draw selects from for the
automatic takeoff of your duct or radiant panel design. Below that is the corresponding
actual part(s) from your Proposal Library. When you select the generic part on the top,
the middle list will change to show the actual part that is currently mapped to it.
To change the mapping for a generic part:
Start with the Generic Parts (on the top) and select a generic part category
from the drop-down list.
Select the generic part item that you want to map from the list of items that
appears.
On the 'Proposal Library parts' part of the screen (on the bottom), select the
Manufacturer, Distributor and the Category. They all have drop-down lists.
Click on the actual part that you want to map to the generic part you just
selected on the left and click the Select button.

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The 'Mapped part' table in the middle will now contain two parts the old one and the one
you just selected from the Available parts list.
Now you must remove the old 'Mapped part'. To do this, click on the old part
(usually on top) and click the Remove button.
Map any generic part in this manner. To map an assembly rather than an individual part
to the generic part, just check 'Map to assemblies' in the 'Proposal Library parts' section
of the screen. The list will change from parts to assemblies. The Parts Mapping Editor is
a quick way to connect your own Proposal Library to Right-Draw's generic parts.

Things to Remember

You must create your own custom library of parts and assemblies for use in RightProposal Plus.

RSR PE comes with a library of parts. Right-Duct, Right-HV Duct and Right-Radiant
Plus have automatic takeoffs. This means that if you draw a duct system or radiant
panel design with Right-Draw, major parts (fittings, ducts etc) will automatically appear
in the Proposal Screens.

You need to map generic parts from the automatic takeoffs to actual parts or
assemblies from your Parts Library.

When you make changes to the Parts Library the changes apply to all projects, not
just the project that you are working on.

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Generate the proposal
This chapter describes how to create custom designed proposals to
submit to your customers.

What is Right-Proposal Plus........................................ 228


Example 1 - Print a Proposal....................................... 228
Example 2 - Modify a Proposal.................................... 230
Example 3 - Proposal Document Reference ............... 235
Example 4 - Setup Right-Proposal Plus for your use... 249

What is Right-Proposal Plus


Right-Proposal Plus helps you quickly generate professional in-home sales presentations
with integrated project information, equipment, and costs.
The proposal is generated using the Proposal Document Screen. This screen is a word
processor, so you can create professional proposals customized with your logo, etc. and
formatted to your specifications. You can prepare proposal templates and save them for
use in all of your projects. The information specific to each project will change
automatically. You just select the template and print the proposal out.

Right-Proposal Plus Examples

This chapter has several examples that demonstrate generating proposals with RightProposal Plus.
1.

Print a proposal - In this example, we will print a proposal using one of the
proposal templates that is included with Right-Proposal Plus.

2.

Modify a proposal - In this example, we will modify the proposal template that
we used in the first example. Use this example as an introduction to the
capabilities of the word processor.

3.

Proposal document reference - In this example, we will introduce all of the


capabilities of Right-Proposal Plus. Use this example to learn the advanced
features of Right- Proposal Plus.

4.

Setup Right-Proposal Plus for your use - In this section of the chapter we will
prepare Right-Proposal Plus for your everyday use.

Example 1 - Print a Proposal

In this example, we will print a proposal using one of the proposal templates that is
included with Right-Proposal Plus.
Select File | Open | Demo from the menu.
Select 'ExExamples1and3.rrd' from the list of demo projects.

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Click on the Right-Proposal Plus


Plus toolbar.

button to display the Right-Proposal

Click on the Proposal Document


Document Screen

button to display the Proposal

This screen isn't very interesting yet - just a blank page. Notice, however, at the top there
are 2 additional toolbars under the Right-Suite toolbar. The first toolbar has buttons used
for editing the proposal document. The second toolbar has buttons used for formatting
the text in your proposal. There is also a ruler that shows the left and right margins, tab
stops, etc.
In the middle of the first toolbar, there is a drop down list of all of the proposal
templates that are available. Select One page from the list.

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Notice that the contractor and customer names and addresses have been automatically
transferred to the proposal from the Project Information Screen. We will learn how to do
this in detail in later examples.
All that's left to do is print the proposal.
Click on the Print Preview

button on the Right-Suite Residential toolbar.

From the list of available reports, select 'Proposal: Proposal Document' and
click OK.

Example 2 - Modify a Proposal

In this example, we will modify the automatically generated proposal starting with one of
the proposal templates that is included with Right-Proposal Plus.
Select File | Open | Demo from the menu.
Select 'ExExamples1and3.rrd' from the list of demo projects.

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Click on the Right-Proposal Plus


Plus toolbar.

button to display the Right-Proposal

Click on the Proposal Document


Document Screen

button to display the Proposal

In the middle of the first toolbar, there is a drop down list of all of the proposal
templates that are available. Select One page from the list.

In this template, there is a paragraph that states that if the proposal isn't accepted within
30 days, the proposal may be withdrawn. Let's say that, for this particular project, you
want to extend that period to 60 days.
Find the 'withdrawal' paragraph in the proposal. You may have to scroll
down to see it.
Click just before the word 'thirty' and press the Delete key until 'thirty (30)'
has been deleted.
Type 'sixty (60)

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Note that you have just modified the proposal for THIS project only. The 'One page'
Proposal Template has not changed. It still says 'thirty (30)'. When you save the project
the changes that you have made to the proposal will be saved as well.
Now, let's change the font of the entire 'withdrawal' paragraph.
Click the mouse button to the left of the beginning of the paragraph and drag
to the end of the paragraph. The entire paragraph should be selected.

Select 'Times New Roman' from the drop down list of fonts in the top toolbar.
You should have this font in the list. If you don't, just select another font.

Now, let's get fancy. We'll add a shaded box around the customer name and address.
The customer name and address are at the top of the page.
Click to the left of the customer name as if you were going to type something
there.
Select Proposal | Insert | Drawing object | Rectangle from the menu.

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A rectangle has been added with the upper left corner at the beginning of the customer
name. We need to resize the rectangle to fit around all of the customer name and
address.
Click on one of the sides of the rectangle.
Four handles are now visible - similar to a room in Right-Draw.
Click and drag the handles to fit around the customer name and address.
Click and drag on the rectangle, but not on the handles and move the
rectangle so that it is centered around the customer name and address.

We want a shaded box without a border. We need to format the rectangle.


Click on one of the sides of the rectangle to display the handles and then
click the right mouse button on one of the sides of the rectangle.
Select 'Format rectangle' from the menu that pops up.

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Change the line thickness to 0 by typing a '0' at 'Line'.


This will remove the border.
Click on the 'Fill Color'.
Click on the gray box in the last row of colors and click the 'OK' button.
Click on the 'OK' button in the Rectangle Properties screen.
We now have a borderless, shaded box around the customer name and address.

We have made the following modifications to the 'One page' proposal template:

Changed the withdrawal period from 30 to 60 days

Changed the font of the withdrawal paragraph

Added a borderless, shaded box around the customer name and address

Let's save this modified proposal as a template so that we can use these modifications
again. We'll still have the original 'One page' proposal template if we want to use as
well.
Click the right mouse button anywhere on the proposal.
Select 'Save all as Proposal template' from the menu that pops up.
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Change the 'Name' to 'One page enhanced'


Change the 'Description' to 'One page - 60 day withdrawal'
Click the 'Save' button to save the template
The description will help you remember how it is different from the 'One page' template.
Notice that 'One page enhanced' has been added to the drop down list in the top proposal
toolbar.

Example 3 - Proposal Document Reference

In this example, we will introduce everything that can possibly be added to a proposal.
Consequently, the template that we will create will be more of a sampler than a usable
proposal template.
We'll start out like the previous examples.
It is generally easier to design a proposal template when there is actual information
to display.

Select File | Open | Demo from the menu.


Select 'ExExamples1and3.rrd' from the list of demo projects.
Click on the Right-Proposal Plus
Plus toolbar.

button to display the Right-Proposal

Click on the Proposal Document


Document Screen

button to display the Proposal

In this example, however, we will start with a blank page.


In the middle of the first toolbar, there is a drop down list of all of the proposal
templates that are available. Select 'New Proposal Template' from the list.

Note: The instructions below use the Right-Suite Residential menu to make
selections. However, you can usually make the same selection by clicking the
right mouse button at the location indicated. A menu will pop up with a list
of options. You may use either method.

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Sections
Page layout
Select Proposal | Options | Proposal page layout from the menu

In this screen you can set the page and header/footer margins.
Header and footer
The header and footer appear on every page of the proposal. You can add what
you want in the header and footer just once and it will appear on every page. To
edit the header and footer:
Select Proposal | Edit Header / Footer from the menu

You could put your company name and address with your logo in the
header. The date and page number could go in the footer.

You can have the same header and footer on every page or a different header
and/or footer on the first page. For example, if you didn't want the page number
on the first page:
Add the page number to the footer (see below)
Select Proposal | Separate first page footer from the menu
The first page will not have the page number in the footer. The rest of the pages
will.

Data
Page numbers

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To insert the page number:


Select Proposal | Insert | Page numbers | Page number from the menu
You will usually want the page number in the header or footer.

Right-Proposal Plus will insert the current page number into the proposal
document.
Dates
To insert the date:
Select Proposal | Insert | Date and time from the menu

Select the format of the date and/or time that you want and click the 'OK'
button.
The current date and/or time will be inserted into the proposal document. If you
open the same proposal tomorrow, it will have tomorrow's date.
Page break
You can just keep adding things to your proposal. When you fill up a page, it
will continue to the next page automatically. You may want to force a page
break before the end of the page. To do this:
Select Proposal | Insert | Break from the menu
Parts and assemblies
You can also insert parts from the from the Right-Proposal Plus
Library.
Select Proposal | Insert | Part from the menu

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Select the Manufacturer and/or Distributor and Category from the drop down
lists and select the part that you want to insert.
Click the 'Insert' button to insert the model number into the proposal.
If there is a data sheet available, you can click on the 'View data sheet' button to
view detailed data for the part that you have selected.
Click the 'Close' button to return to the Proposal Document Screen.
There is also a Property Sheet for Parts that have been inserted.
Click the right mouse button on the value of the inserted part and select
'Properties' from the menu that pops up.
All of the data for the part is displayed for reference. You can also change the
display options to include the description, price, etc. in the proposal.
Click the 'Finish' button to return to the Proposal Document Screen.
Program variables
Program variables are Right-Suite Residential data that changes from project to
project. For example, in the Project Information Screen you can enter the name
and address of your customer. When you insert the 'customer name' program
variable into a proposal, the actual name that is inserted into the proposal
depends on what you entered in the Project Information Screen. If you change
the customer name in the Project Information Screen, the proposal will change
as well. To insert a program variable into your proposal:
Click in the proposal where you want the variable to be inserted.
Select Proposal | Insert | Program variable from the menu

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Select the 'Project Info' general category from the tabs at the top of the list.
Open the 'Location' subcategory in the list by double clicking on the plus sign
in the left column of the list.
The 'Name' column is the name of the program variable. The 'Value' column
shows the value for the current project.
Click on the row that has the 'HeatingDesignDBT' program variable and click
the 'Insert' button at the top.
Click the 'Close' button to return to the Proposal Document Screen.
Some values have units associated with them. For example, the outside air
temperature will be in degrees Fahrenheit. If you insert a program variable in a
sentence, you will probably want to include the units. If you insert it into a
table, you might put the units in the heading and just list the value for a cleaner
look. Program variables have a Property Sheet that determines if the units are to
be displayed or not as well as other properties. To display the Property Sheet
for a program variable:
Click the right mouse button on the value of the program variable and select
Properties from the menu that pops up.

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Check the 'Display units' checkbox to include the units with the value.
Note that you can also adjust the precision (number of decimal digits) to
display.
Click the 'Finish' button to apply your changes in the proposal document.
User variables
You can use variables that you have created and added to your RightProposal Plus Library. For example, you could add a user variable that
contains your state license number. Then, whenever you want to
include your license number in a proposal you don't have to go look it
up. To insert a user variable:
Select Proposal | Insert | User variable from the menu.
Select the category from the drop down list.
Select the user variable that you want to add and click on the Insert button.
Click on the Close button to return to the Proposal Document Screen.

Other components
Blocks
A Block is a portion of a proposal that is saved for later use. A Block
can include text, images, tables, text boxes, etc. A Block can contain
anything that you can put in a proposal document. The formatting is
part of the Block. So, you can just insert it into your proposal and it's
ready to go. You can use Blocks that you have created and added to
your Right-Proposal Plus Library. For example, you could add a Block
that contains your standard warranty statement. Then, whenever you
want to include the warranty statement in a proposal you don't have to
go re-type it. To insert a Block:
Select Proposal | Insert | Block from the menu.
Select the category from the drop down list.
Select the Block that you want to add and click on the 'Insert' button.
Click on the 'Close' button to return to the Proposal Document Screen.

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Text Boxes
A Text Box is a rectangle with text in it. The rectangle can be resized
and the text will stay within the rectangle. Use a Text Box to accent
important text. For example, you could add a Text Box that contains
your standard warranty statement. To insert a Text Box:
Select Proposal | Insert | Text box from the menu. A text box will be
added to the document.
Click on one of the sides of the rectangle to select it. Click on one of the
handles that appear and resize the Text Box to be the size that you want.
When the Text Box is selected, click on the one of the sides of the rectangle
other than on one of the handles to move the entire Text Box.
Click inside the Text Box to type in the text that you want.
For additional formatting options, click the rectangle to select it and then click
the right mouse button on one of the sides of the rectangle. Select Format
Text Box... from the menu that pops up.

You can cut, copy, paste, and move the entire Text Box and its contents all
at once.
Tables
A Table has rows and columns with text or images in each cell. The
rows and columns can be resized and the text will stay within each cell.
Use a Table to present tabular data. For example, you could add a
Table that contains heating information in one column and cooling
information in another column. To insert a Table:
Select Proposal | Insert | Table from the menu.

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Enter the number of rows and columns and click the OK button. A table will
be added to the document.
Press the Tab key to move from one cell to another.
Drag the lines between the rows and columns to adjust the size of cells.
For additional formatting options, click the right mouse button on the table
and select Table Properties from the menu that pops up.
Click on the tabs at the top of the screen to select what you want to change.

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Images
You can add images generated with graphics applications to your proposal
document. The graphics file that you add can be in a variety of file formats.
The file should have one of the following file extensions:
.bmp
.jpg
.emf
.wmf
.png
The most common format that you will encounter is .bmp. Most graphics
applications can generate files in this format, including Window Paint, which
comes with Microsoft Windows. You could add your company logo to your
proposal document. You can either link an image or embed an image in your
proposal document. There are advantages and disadvantages to both methods.
Link an image
When you link an image, you can modify the image
using a graphics application. The image in the proposal
document will be updated automatically. However, if
you open the proposal document on another computer
and the second computer doesn't have the image that
you linked, the image will not be visible.
Embed an image
When you embed an image in your proposal document,
a copy of the image becomes a permanent part of the
proposal document. Any changes you make to the
original image will not be updated in the proposal
document. However, when you open the proposal
document on another computer, the image will always
be visible.
To insert an Image:
Select Proposal | Insert | Picture from the menu. Select either Link
Picture or Embed Picture
Select the graphics file that you want to insert.
For additional formatting options, click the right mouse button on the image
and select Format Picture from the menu that pops up.

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Lines and rectangles


You can add lines and rectangles to your proposal document to accent or frame
sections within it. To add a line:
Select Proposal | Insert | Drawing object | Line from the menu.
A line will be added to your proposal document. Click on the line to select it
and drag one of the handles that appears until it is the size that you want.
To move the line, select it and then click anywhere on the line except on one
of the handles. Drag the line where you want it.
For additional formatting options, select the line, click the right mouse button
on it, and select Format Line from the menu that pops up.

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You may change the size and position, thickness and color, how text wraps
around the line, and whether it is a dotted or solid line. Note that the line
thickness is measured in points. One point = 1/72".
To add a rectangle:
Select Proposal | Insert | Drawing object | Rectangle from the menu.
A rectangle will be added to your proposal document. Click on the rectangle
to select it and drag one of the handles that appears until it is the size that
you want.
To move the rectangle, select it and then click anywhere on the rectangle
except on one of the handles. Drag the rectangle where you want it.
For additional formatting options, select the rectangle, click the right mouse
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You may change the size and position, line thickness and color, how text wraps
around the rectangle, whether it is a dotted or solid rectangle, and the fill color.
Note that the line thickness is measured in points. One point = 1/72".

Text Formatting
Once you have added text to your proposal document, you can change its appearance in a
variety of ways. You can also set the formatting before you start typing.
Font
To change the font characteristics:
Select the text that you want to change
Select Proposal | Format | Font from the menu

Paragraph
To change the characteristics of an entire paragraph:
Select the text that you want to change
Select Proposal | Format | Paragraph from the menu

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Bullets and numbering


You can add bullets to a list of key points in your proposal document. Like this:

Licensed and insured

30 day warranty

Free estimate

You can also number a list sequentially or in outline format. To add bullets or
numbering:
Select the text that you want to change
Select Proposal | Format | Bullets and numbering from the menu

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Misc. features
Spell checking
You can check the spelling in your proposal document all at once or as you type.
To check the spelling in your proposal document all at once:
Select Proposal | Tools | Spell check from the menu
If any errors are found, you will see a list of suggested corrections and options:

The corrections listed are from the spell checker's internal dictionary. You can add the
word to the User Dictionary if you want. Just click the Add to User Dictionary button.
To check the spelling in words as you type:
Select Proposal | Tools | Check spelling as you type from the menu

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If any words are misspelled while you are typing into your proposal document, the
misspelled word will have a squiggly line under it.

Click the right mouse button on the misspelled word and see a list of suggested
corrections and options.
Export/import
You can export (write) a Right-Proposal Plus document to a file that can be opened by
other applications. For example, you can export a Right-Proposal Plus document to Rich
Text Format. Most word processing programs, like Microsoft Word or WordPad, can
read this format. To export a proposal document:
Select Proposal | Export to from the menu
Select the format that you want to export to
Select the name and location of the file you want to export to
You can also import (read) a file generated with other applications into a Right-Proposal
Plus document. To import a file:
Select Proposal | Import from from the menu
Select the format of the file that you want to import from
Select the name and location of the file you want to import

Example 4 - Setup Right-Proposal Plus for your use


In this example we will outline the procedure to set Right-Proposal Plus up for your use.
The more thorough you are in this step, the more time you will save when you design
your proposals.

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Library
The first step is to fill out the Right-Proposal Plus Library with the information that you
will be using. To add to the Library, click on the Right-Proposal Plus
toolbar selector and then click on the

button on the

button.

1. Add manufacturers to the library


If you use specific manufacturers' parts or equipment or if you purchase directly
from manufacturers, add the them to the Library.
Click on the Manufacturer tab at the top of the screen

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Click on the Add button and enter the name of the manufacturer
Enter the remaining information on the screen for the new manufacturer
2. Add distributors to the library
Click on the Distributor tab at the top of the screen
Click on the Add button and enter the name of the Distributor
Enter the remaining information on the screen for the new distributor
3. Add the parts or equipment that each manufacturer and distributor carry
Select parts that represent the majority of what you will be using. You can
always make additions later. If you use parts made by a specific manufacturer,
but purchase them from a distributor, enter the part under the manufacturer first
and then link the manufacturer's part to the distributor.

Add Manufacturer Part


Click on the Part tab at the top of the screen
Select the manufacturer from the drop down list

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Select the
category from the
drop down list. If
the category you
want is not in the
list, click the Add
Category button
to add the
category.

Click the Add Part button to add the part

Enter the data for the part and click the Finish button to add the part to the
Library.

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Add Distributor Part


You can add a part directly to the distributor if you haven't added it under a
manufacturer. If you have already added the part under a manufacturer, you can
link the manufacturer part to the distributor.
To add the part directly to a distributor, follow the instructions above for adding
a part to a manufacturer, except select All Manufacturers and the specific
distributor from the drop down lists.
To link a manufacturer part to a distributor:
Select the distributor from the drop down list and select All Manufacturers
from the drop down list.
Click on the Add Part button

Click on the Link button

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Select the manufacturer, category, and part to link to the distributor


Click OK to link the manufacturer part to the distributor

Add Assemblies
Some parts may actually be sold as several separate parts. You can
combine the individual parts into an assembly and add them to your
quote as a unit.
See the previous chapter for detailed instructions.
4. Map the parts that you have entered to generic parts
When Right-Draw generates a parts list during the automatic take off,
the parts are generic - not associated with any manufacturer or
distributor. You can associate (map) the parts that you have entered to
the generic parts that Right-Draw generates. Right-Proposal Plus will
add your mapped parts to the Bill of Materials and Purchase Orders for
the manufacturers or distributors that carry the mapped parts.
See the previous chapter for detailed instructions.

Proposal
You will probably want to use the proposals that you currently use with some
modifications. You can use the Proposal Document's editing capabilities to
design your new proposals. Adding, deleting, and moving things around until
you're happy with it can be done quickly and easily. It is helpful, however, to
take a few moments before you start to collect your thoughts about what you
want before you start.

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Blocks
Identify sections of your proposals that will be the same in all proposals. For
example, you probably have a standard warranty that you use for all of your
projects. You may also have standard payment terms. You can put these
standard paragraphs in Blocks and insert them all at once in your proposals. So,
you only have to type it out completely once.
See the previous example for detailed instructions.
User variables
User variables can be used for unformatted text that you can insert into your
proposal by name. For example, you could add a User Variable with your
license number. You can then add your license number to a proposal document
without having to look it up.
Proposal Templates
Once you have designed your proposals, you can save them as templates in the
Right-Proposal Plus Library. You can then generate a proposal by just selecting
the template that you want to use.

Things to Remember

To setup Right-Proposal Plus add manufacturers, distributors, parts, blocks, and user
variables to the Right-Proposal Plus Library. Then map the parts that you added to
the generic parts in Right-Proposal Plus.

You can use the Proposal Document word processor to add proposal templates to the
Right-Proposal Plus Library. You can then generate a proposal for any project by just
selecting the template.

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Templates
This chapter describes how to use templates to simplify your work
and save time.

What is a Right-Suite Residential/PE Template? ........ 258


How to Create an RSR PE Template .......................... 258
What Information Belongs in a Template? .................. 258
What is an RSR PE Default Template?....................... 260
Things to Remember................................................... 260

It is strongly recommended that you use a template as the starting point for every
new project.

Templates allow you to shortcut most of the work required to set up a new project and
complete a design. By using templates, you can reduce the time required to complete
typical designs to just a few minutes. You also avoid inconsistent settings from one
project to another.

What is a Right-Suite Residential/PE Template?


A Right-Suite Residential template is just a project file that has been saved with an .RTR
filename extension. When you start a new project with an RSR PE template, a new
project file is created with the information from the template file already entered.
Templates are particularly effective for repeating common job types.

How to Create an RSR PE Template


The simplest way to create a template is to begin with a project file or template file
similar to the one you want to create. Make any changes and save it as a template file
with a new name.
For example, open the 'MDEX1.rrd' demo file provided with RSR PE. Modify
the file so that it contains the information you want in your template (NOTE:
If you are working in Demo mode you will not be able to alter the customer
name, contractor name or weather data).
Select File | Save As | Template from the main menu and enter a name
for the template. Notice that the 'Save as type' field at the bottom indicates
that your template will be saved as an RSR PE template with the .RTR file
extension (NOTE: You cannot save templates in Demo mode).

What Information Belongs in a Template?


A template contains information that you want automatically included in a new project.
For example, if all the builders you work with prefer flex ducts for branches and
fiberglass ductboard for trunks, then specify that information in your template. If you
work with different builders who have different preferences, you might create a template
for each builder.
Think in terms of saving yourself keystrokes by cleverly anticipating project types that
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Project-wide data
Project Information Screen

Contractor name, address, phone

Weather data

Fuel data

Cost data

Zone Information Screen

Inside design conditions

Proposal Information

Billing address

Shipping address

Manufacturers for automatic takeoffs

Equipment Screen

System type

Data

Equipment filters
Right-Draw

Default construction numbers

Catalogs

Right-J

Infiltration calculation method

Loads Preferences Screen

New room and glazing defaults

Internal gains

Duct loss and duct gain

Right-D
Duct Preferences Screen

Duct system layout

Material type

Velocity

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Automatic branch splitting/trunk reduction

Fitting preferences

Static Pressure Screen

Available pressure

Friction rate

Right-HV Duct
Duct Preferences Screen

Duct system layout

High velocity supply attributes

Conventional return attributes

Equipment specifications

Right-$

Fitting Preferences

System Comparison Screen

System types

Equipment manufacturers

Equipment selection filters

What is an RSR PE Default Template?


The default template refers to how your screens look when you first open the program.
The default template is created and works the same as any other template; the only
difference is that the default template opens automatically when you first open RSR PE.
To create your own default template, enter all of the data that you want in the default
template (see directions for RSR PE templates), but instead of saving the file as a
template, select File | Save As | Default Template...

Things to Remember

Templates are essential to create designs quickly and to take full advantage of RSR
PE.

Create templates for each of the major types of jobs you do.

Use descriptive file names for your templates.

Create a default template so that you are ready to enter project information as soon
as you start RSR PE.

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File Operations
This chapter explains how to use the File menu to manage your
project files and templates.

Create a New Project .................................................. 262


Create a New Template .............................................. 262
Copy a Project............................................................. 262
Delete a Project........................................................... 263
Move a Project ............................................................ 263
Rename a Project........................................................ 263
Things to Remember................................................... 263

RSR PEs ability to store project files and templates allows you to conveniently store a
wealth of information on your computer. As you use RSR PE, you will actually create a
powerful library of specific project files and templates that let you shortcut most of the
input process for new jobs.
To avoid confusion in the future as you accumulate a large collection of project and
template files, use file names that describe the contents. Consider using codes to help
sort your files. For example, file names beginning with 2S2Z might be used for two-story,
two-zone houses.

Procedures for typical file management operations within RSR PE are described here.
You can also accomplish each of these operations with the Windows Explorer.

You can access the Windows file management functions by right clicking on the
name of any file after selecting File | New, File | Open, File | Save, or File | Save As.

Create a New Project


To create a new RSR PE project (.RRP extension) from a template:
Select File | New | New From Template... from the main menu. Then select
a template as a starting point for your new project.
A project file will be opened with a temporary file name, Project#.RRP, where # is a
number.
When you save your project (using either File | Save | Project... or File |
Save As | Project), enter your own descriptive file name and click Save.

Create a New Template


A Right-Suite Residential template is a project file with an .RRT extension. To create a
new template, start with a project.
Create a new project then enter your template data. Select File | Save As |
Template from the main menu. Type the template name and click Save.

Copy a Project
You can create a copy of a project file by using the Windows Explorer or by opening the
project and saving it with a new file name.

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Open the project you want to copy by selecting File | Open | Project... then
select File | Save As | Project Type the name of the copy and click Save.

Delete a Project
To delete a project:
Select File | Delete, choose the file then click Delete. Another window will
appear to verify that you have selected the correct file. Click Yes if the
correct file is listed.

Move a Project
You can move a project from one location on your hard drive to another location or to a
floppy disk by using the Windows Explorer. Within RSR PE, you can move a file by
opening the project, saving it to a new location, and then deleting the file from the
original location.
Open the project you want to copy by selecting File | Open | Project...
Select File | Save As | Project and type the name of the copy then click
Save.
Now delete the original file as described above.

Rename a Project
To rename a project in RSR PE:
Copy the project you want to rename, give the copy the new name, and
delete the original.

Things to Remember

You can manage files using RSR PEs File menu; Windows Explorer or Windows file
management functions are accessed by right clicking on a file name in a File menu
window (Save, Save As etc).

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Create & Use Custom Reports
& Proposals
This chapter describes how to use Microsoft Word to create
custom-formatted reports and proposals with your RSR PE data.

RSR PE Custom Reports ............................................ 266


Use Custom Reports ................................................... 266
How to Print a List of RSR PE Bookmarks .................. 267
Create Custom Reports & Proposals .......................... 267
Things to Remember................................................... 269

RSR PE Custom Reports & Proposals


RSR PEs powerful report features help you create custom reports and proposals using
the building description information you entered and RSR PEs calculation results.
If you have Microsoft Word version 6 or higher, you can even create reports and
proposals using custom Word templates. With Microsoft Word you can add formatting
features like text fonts, tables, clip art, lines and boxes to your reports and proposals.

Use Custom Reports & Proposals


With Microsoft Word, you can make a Microsoft Word template (.DOT file extension)
for your report or proposal then enter RSR PE bookmark names where you want data
from RSR PE to be inserted. We will describe the process and what the bookmark names
are a little later.
Start RSR PE and open the project for which you are creating the custom
report or proposal.
Select File | Custom Report/Proposal | Select Template and Run... from
the main menu.
Choose a template and click Open.
Microsoft Word will run automatically (with some older versions of Microsoft Word,
you may have to start Word manually). Microsoft Word will then open the template that
you selected and substitute the bookmarks in the template with data from the RSR PE
project that is currently open.
Save your document using File | Save as from the main menu.
You will have a Microsoft Word document (.DOC) file containing your report or
proposal. You can add to the document or make any other necessary changes.
Edit the document, save it and print it like you would with any other Word
document.

What is a Word template?


A Microsoft Word template is similar to a RSR PE template file. Use the template as the
starting framework to hold information that you commonly use, instead of entering that
information each time that you start a new document. It is like a form with nothing filled
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you create the form and enter the bookmarks. The data is automatically transferred from
an RSR PE project into the Microsoft Word template.
Several sample proposal templates are provided with RSR PE. Open one with Word and
take a look at it. We have included clip art, framed the various sections of the proposal,
included multiple fonts, and used many other Word formatting features in the sample
proposals. You could also use the templates that come with Microsoft Word for
letterhead, envelopes, memos, calendars, fax cover sheets, etc.
The Microsoft Word documents you create are not hot-linked to RSR PEs
calculation results. If you make changes to the building description or calculations in RSR
PE, you must regenerate your reports or proposals by selecting File | Custom
Report/Proposal | Select Template and Run again. Once the information is transferred
from RSR PE to Microsoft Word, all connection to RSR PE is broken.

How to Print a List of RSR PE Bookmarks


We have made a special menu selection so that you can view or print out the list of RSR
PE bookmarks.
Run RSR PE, and go to File | Custom Reports/Proposals | Generate
Bookmark List.
RSR PE will start Microsoft Word and automatically generate a Word document with the
list of bookmark names. Because the list is anywhere from 20 to 40 printed pages
depending on the modules you own, you may want to save the Word document in your
files then copy and paste the bookmarks into your custom reports and proposals (this is
recommended because it prevents typographical errors). If you want to print the list, you
can print it like any other Word document, but remember it is quite long and make take
some time depending on your printer.

Create Custom Reports & Proposals


Step 1 Create the template
The first step is to create a document in Microsoft Word for your report or proposal. Use
any formatting features that Word offers to design your document.
Run Microsoft Word version 6 or higher.
Start a new document
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To insert the RSR PE data into Word, you need to create a bookmark. Bookmarks in
Microsoft Word are blocks of text that connect to specific locations in external
documents (in this case, RSR PE data).
Look up the bookmark name and type the bookmark name where you want
the data exactly as it is shown in the list of bookmark names (this includes
upper and lower case letters and spacing).
The next step is to connect the RSR PE bookmark name to a Microsoft Word bookmark.
Highlight the bookmark name that you just entered.
Select Insert | Bookmark from the main menu.
Enter a descriptive name in the Bookmark name field to remind you of the
purpose of the bookmark later and click Add.
Repeat the same process for all of the bookmarks.
When you have finished connecting all of the bookmarks to the RSR PE data that you
want inserted, you should save your Word template.
Select File | Save As from the main menu.
Select Document Template (.DOT) in the Save file as type field at the
bottom of the window.
Name your template and click Save.

Step 2 Generate the report or proposal with RSR PE


Run RSR PE (with some versions of Word, you may have to start Word
manually as well).
Open the RSR PE project for which you want a report or proposal.
Select File | Custom Report/Proposal | Select Template and Run from
the main menu.
Select your template from the list then click Open.

Step 3 Watch Microsoft Word generate your report or proposal


RSR PE will start Microsoft Word, open a new document using the template you
selected, and fill in the RSR PE data from the building file that is currently open.

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Step 4 Modify, save & print your report or proposal


You may need to add to your report or proposal. For instance, if you created a proposal,
you will probably want to enter the price, conditions and other details about the job.
Finally, you want to save and print your custom report or proposal.
To save, select File | Save As from the menu. Type the name for your
report or proposal. Word will add a .DOC file extension.
To print, select File | Print from the main menu. Verify your printer settings
and click OK to print.

Things to Remember

When you install RSR PE, the sample Word templates will be copied to the RSR PE
program directory (C:\Program Files\Wrightsoft HVAC). When you select File |
Custom Report/Proposal | Select Template and Run... from the main menu, RSR
PE will look in the program directory for the Word templates. When you save your
own Word templates, be sure to save them in the same program directory so that
RSR PE can find them.

Microsoft Word will show you where the RSR PE bookmarks are in the Word template
when you select Tools | Options from the main menu. Click the View tab and put a
check next to Bookmarks in the Show section. Click OK. Word will now enclose the
RSR PE bookmarks in square brackets. This makes it easy to see if you have
forgotten to enter a bookmark.

When you type in the bookmark name, be sure to type it in EXACTLY as it is in the list
of bookmark names. Keep the upper and lower case letters and spacing as they
shown in the list. If your proposal has data that is not filled in (the bookmark name is
still visible), you may have misspelled the bookmark name. Another possibility is that
you may not own the module with the data for that bookmark name. Each module of
RSR PE has its own associated bookmark names and data. If you do not own the
module, the data is not available for your custom reports.

The list of bookmarks names is organized by module and by screen.

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High Velocity Duct Design
This chapter describes how to design a high velocity duct system
with Right-Draw.

Summary of Steps....................................................... 272


Overview ..................................................................... 273
Step 1- Describe the Building ...................................... 273
Step 2 - Select the Duct System Layout ...................... 275
Step 3 - Fine-Tune the Duct Design ............................ 276
Step 4 - Check the Bill of Materials Screen ................. 278
High Velocity Tips & Tricks.......................................... 279
Things to Remember................................................... 282

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Example Files for This Chapter


Source demo file: DrawFlexDuctStart.rrd
Completed demo file for comparison: ExHighVelocity.rrd
The examples assume that you are running RSR PE in the Demo mode. Your
screens and your results may be different if you use a registered version or an OEM
version.

Summary of Steps
1.

Enter the building description and calculate the load.

2.

Select the duct layout.

3.

Fine-tune the duct design.

4.

Check the Bill of Materials Screen

Introduction
High velocity ducts or mini-ducts are based on the idea that fixed-size smaller diameter
ducts can be used in place of conventional low velocity ducts now extensively used for
residential heating and cooling. The fundamental principle of high velocity systems is
that the size of the supply branches and supply registers is fixed and is identical for all
supply branches. To accommodate different loads in different parts of the house, the
designer specifies more outlets to serve rooms with larger loads and a lesser number of
air outlets for lower loads. These high velocity systems are repetitive in nature because
they use the same parts for each branch and trunk. High velocity duct systems are
appealing because they are easy to design and simple to install (most of the parts are the
same).
The duct system design equations used here are based on 2 diameter supply branches,
with high pressure plenums providing approximately the same pressure at the takeoff for
all branch runs. Since the length of each run varies, there is a corresponding variation in
airflow delivered, automatically computed by the Right-HV Duct.
In addition to fully automatic sizing calculations, Right-HV Duct can automatically
layout and design the entire duct system and generate a parts list in Right-Proposal Plus.
Because of their ability to fit into small spaces and their installation simplicity, high
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or spaces are not easily obtained. High velocity duct systems are a great tool for HVAC
contractors who want to design systems quickly and easily.

Overview
Right-HV Duct allows residential designs that are multizone or single zone. Multizone
systems require one air handler per zone, because each high velocity zone requires its
own air handler. RSR PE allows any combination of high velocity or low velocity zones
in a single house. In either case, return systems are low velocity and use conventional
components.
The first step to designing any duct system with RSR PE is to describe the building,
preferably with Right-Draw, and obtain the load for each room. The load is
automatically calculated as the building is drawn.
Next, create the building, assign the zones and set each unit to high velocity or low
velocity. This establishes the design rules for the program, and enables duct preferences
for each zone. You then select the duct layout in the Property Sheet for each unit or
design the layout manually. Set preferences for system parameters, such as trunk layout
pattern or trunk distance to exterior wall.
As designers change the drawing or inputs in the system, RSR PE immediately
recalculates, including Right-Proposal Pluss parts list. The automatic parts takeoff will
select parts for the manufacturer selected.

Step 1- Describe the Building


In this example, we will start from an existing floor plan drawing, and complete a high
velocity duct system. Let us start by opening the demo file DrawFlexDuctStart.rrd.
Select File | Open | Demo... from the main menu and select
'DrawFlexDuctStart.rrd' then click Open.
Since this is a one-zone, one-floor example, we will not have to use zoning. Instructions
for a zoned house will be very similar for each zone, once the house's zones have been
assigned (see Chapter 5), and the main menu item Options | Equipment in Zones has
been selected.
Drag the unit to the desired location; zoom out if you have to.
Make sure the unit is selected and right click to view the Property Sheet for
the unit
Select 'Yes' from the 'High velocity duct system' field and press <Enter>.

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You will then see the full set of parameters for a high velocity duct system. As soon as
you turn on high velocity, notice that the registers become round.
The next step is to turn on 'Automatic register placement', which will cause each register
to move into recommended locations.
Select 'Yes' for the 'Automatic register placement' field.

The air outlets will be place in the corners of rooms. To move the air outlets from the
automatic placement, the 'Automatic register placement' must be off (No).
Select 'No' for the 'Automatic register placement' field, so that you can move
the registers.

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You will need to manually position the unit and the return air outlet, which is rectangular
with a single slash.

Step 2 - Select the Duct System Layout


After you have located the registers, unit and return grille, you will proceed to add the
trunk system. You can either draw the ducts manually or use the automatic duct system
layout. In this example, we will turn on the automatic trunk to obtain a complete
preliminary layout
Select the unit and right click to view the unit Property Sheet.
Select the 'Duct layout' field and choose 'Perimeter loop'.

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The duct system is designed so that the trunks are located a designated distance from the
perimeter of the building (you can change this value in the Property Sheet).

Step 3 - Fine-Tune the Duct Design


One of the first observations you will make is that the automatic trunk system cannot
cope with the L-shaped floor plan. In this case, the rule that the perimeter loop should
remain 6 feet from the outside wall has resulted in a perimeter loop that needs
modification. To modify the duct system we need to change the duct layout to 'User
defined'.
Select the 'Duct layout' field and choose 'User defined'.
First, we need to delete the parts of the trunk we want to revise.
To delete the unwanted trunk ducts, select each duct that you want to
remove and press <Delete>.

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With multiple selection (press <Shift> as you select any number of ducts), you can delete
the trunks quickly. Next we need to redraw the trunk, using the Supply Duct shape from
the HVAC Shapes Toolbox, to reconnect the branches.

Select the Supply Duct

shape.

Click and hold the mouse button down on a register. Draw until you connect
to the trunk.
Repeat the steps above until you have a design that looks like the one
below.

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Notice that the branch to the Entrance Hall has been curved to show the branch avoiding
the Den outlet in the figure above. The branch ducts work like flex ducts. To add a
curve to the a duct:
Select the duct.
Click the Edit Points

button.

Click anywhere along the duct and drag to create a bend.


Click the Edit Points button again when you are done.

Step 4 - Check the Bill of Materials Screen


After you have finished with your high velocity duct design, you can look at the Bill of
Materials Screen to see the automatic takeoffs.
Click the

button to display the Right-Proposal Plus Toolbar; click the Bill

of Materials

button to display the screen.

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Scroll down to the High Velocity Duct Equipment section and you will see the
automated parts list takeoff for the high velocity duct system.

High Velocity Tips & Tricks


How do I design two duct system types in one building?
Enter the entire building description using Right-Draw, and then use the Multizone Tree
to assign rooms to zones. After the zones are assigned, select Options | Equipment in
Zones from the main menu. There will be one unit for each zone that can have either
high or low velocity duct systems.

How do I switch a zone from low to high velocity or vice versa?


In Right-Draw, click on the unit to select it, and then right click to view the unit Property
Sheet. Select the 'High velocity duct system' field and select 'Yes' for a high velocity
duct system or 'No' for a low velocity duct system. If you are not using Right-Draw, you
can select the zone in the Multizone Tree then click on the Equipment button. Place a
check in the high velocity checkbox to have a high velocity duct system. Remove the
check for a low velocity duct system.

How do I change duct system layout?


You can change the duct system layout in two places. If you are using Right-Draw,
select the unit, and then right click to view the Property Sheet for the unit. You can
select the duct system layout there. If you are not using Right-Draw or want to save the

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duct system type in a template, click on the Duct Preferences


button. Choose the
duct system layout there (located in the upper left part of the screen).

How do I make RSR PE automatically place supply outlets?


To have RSR PE automatically place the supply air outlets in Right-Draw, select the unit
and right click to view the unit Property Sheet. Select 'Yes' in the 'Automatic register
placement' field (NOTE: You must change this selection back to 'No' to modify the air
outlet placement). You can also select automatic register placement in the Duct
Preferences Screen.

How do I adjust the trunk to building perimeter distance for automatically


generated duct layouts?
You can change the trunk line to wall distance in the unit Property Sheet.

How do I change trunk sizes calculated by RSR PE?


You can change the trunk sizes manually. Select the duct you want to resize and right
click to view the Property Sheet for the duct. Set the Automatic sizing field to No and
press <Enter>. Then you will be able to change the duct size manually

How do I change supply outlet types?


To change the type all of the supply air outlets at once, select the type on the Duct
Preferences Screen. You can select from round white or unfinished, sloped 15o or 25o, or
rectangular.
You can change individual air outlets or several outlets at once by selecting the outlet (or
outlets) then right clicking to view the Property Sheet for the outlet or outlets. Choose
the supply outlet type in the 'Outlet type' field.

How do I change trunk material, shape or height?


To change the trunk material, shape or height, for all of the trunks at once, change the
desired attribute on the Duct Preferences Screen.
You can change the attributes individual trunks or several trunks at once by selecting the
trunk (or trunks) then right clicking to view the Property Sheet for the trunk or trunks.
Make your changes here.

How do I adjust the number of supply outlets per room automatically?


The number of supply outlet per room is automatically generated by RSR PE based on
the maximum airflow per outlet value on the Duct Preferences Screen. If you change this
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value, the number of outlets generated in each automatic branch splitting room will be
affected.

How do I adjust the number of supply outlets manually?


To change the number of outlets in a particular room(s) just add outlets using the Supply
Register shape in the HVAC Shapes Toolbox or delete outlets by selecting them and
pressing <Delete>. If you add or delete a register, the 'Automatic branch splitting' field
in the room Property Sheet will change from 'Yes' to 'No' and the number of outlets you
want will be retained.
To switch room back to Automatic branch splitting, right click on the room to view the
room Property Sheet and change the value of the Automatic branch splitting field to
'Yes'.

How do I adjust sound attenuator length?


For each branch, the sound attenuator length will be calculated as minimum (desirable
length, actual branch length). To see calculated attenuator length for a branch, select a
branch and right click to view the branch Property Sheet. To adjust the sound attenuator
length for all branches, type value in the 'Attenuator length' field on the Duct Preferences
Screen.

How do I enter orifice adjustment?


You can enter an orifice adjustment in the Property Sheet for the supply branch or in the
Supply Branches Worksheet (scroll to the right to see the Orifice column).

How do I curve the ducts?


The high velocity branches are like flex ducts; you can bend the ducts using the edit
points function. To add a curve to the a duct:
Select the duct.
Click the Edit Points

button.

Click anywhere along the duct and drag to create a bend.


Click the Edit Points button again when you are done.

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How do I check to see if the actual airflow is enough to supply the design
load for each room?
In Supply Branches Worksheet you can see both design heating and cooling airflow
(cfm) per room and actual airflow that will be delivered to the room. If actual airflow is
less than either heating or cooling design airflow, they will be displayed in red on the
Supply Branches Worksheet. To modify the system so that the airflow is appropriate,
you can add more outlets per room that needs the additional airflow or change branch
length.

How do I alter automatic part takeoffs?


To following fields in Duct Preferences Screen will affect takeoffs

Supply duct insulation

Motor frequency

Configuration

High speed blower

Chilled water cooling

Use package or individual parts

Use high efficiency filter

Things to Remember

Most of the high velocity settings can be changed in the unit Property Sheet or on the
Duct Preferences Screen.

The 'Automatic register placement' field must be 'No' to modify the register placement;
the 'Duct layout' field must be 'User defined' to modify the duct layout.

You can use the Edit Points button to add bends to high velocity ducts.

Right-HV Duct has automatic takeoffs to Right-Proposal Plus.

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Right-Suite Residential Library
What is the Right-Suite Residential Library? ............... 284
Displaying the Right-Suite Residential Library............. 284
Using the Right-Suite Residential Library .................... 285

What is the Right-Suite Residential Library?


The Right-Suite Residential Library is a database of customized information that you use
to speed up setting options in Right-Suite Residential. Currently, the Library can
contain:

Custom constructions

Weather locations

Indoor conditions

Building types

Building materials

Hydronic preferences

Report packages

Duct preferences

Duct schedules

Systems

Right-Proposal preferences

Radiant panel preferences

Snow melting preferences.

Once you've defined sets of preferences, you can select all of the preferences at once just
by selecting the name of the set from a list. If you have Right-Suite Residential installed
on a computer in the office and on a laptop, you can transfer the Library from the office
computer to the laptop (or vice versa) by exporting the Library from the office computer
onto a floppy disk, RAM drive, network drive, or CD and then importing it onto the
laptop.

Displaying the Right-Suite Residential Library


You can display the Library either in the context of the specific data that you want to
enter or from anywhere in the program.

Wizard Mode
You can also display the library in wizard mode or not. The examples in this chapter are
not in wizard mode. You make changes using the same steps in either mode. Wizard

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mode has a page for each step. You can perform the same steps in non-wizard mode
with buttons on the library screen. To switch to wizard mode:
Check Library | Wizard mode from the menu. Uncheck it to select nonwizard mode.

In Context - Radiant Panel Preferences


In the Radiant Heating Preferences Screen (Show | Right-Radiant Plus | Radiant
Heating Preferences in the menu), You can select a set of panel preferences from the
Library. Click on one of the

buttons on the 'Library panel' line.

From anywhere- Radiant Panel Preferences


Select Library | Radiant Panel Preferences from the menu.

Using the Right-Suite Residential Library


Using the Library is the same no matter what kind of data is stored. The Radiant Panel
Preferences Library is displayed here. However, the descriptions and procedures found
here apply to all data that can be stored in the Library.

List of
available items
in the Library

Buttons to
manage the items
in the Library
Detailed data associated
with the selected item

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At the top is a list of all of the items that you have already defined in the Library.
Name

A short name that you have given this item. This is


what appears in the drop down list that you select from.

Usage

proj - this item is used in the current project


lib - this item appears in the Library

Type

Varies with the specific data. In the Radian Panel


Preferences, the type is either 'floor' or 'ceiling'.

Description

A description that you have given for this item.

You can change the width of each column by clicking on the border between 2 column
headings and dragging it to the width you want.
You can sort the list by any of the columns. Just click on the column heading that you
want to sort the list by.
When you select a specific item in the list, the detailed data for that item is displayed in
the bottom section.
To the right of the list, is a set of buttons that you can use to manage your Library list.
New

Create a new item in the list

Rename

Rename the selected item in the list

Help

Display help for the Library

Select

If you displayed the Library screen via a


button,
clicking this button will transfer the data for the selected
item in the list to RSR.

Copy

Make a duplicate of the selected item with a different name.

Delete

Remove the selected item from the list.

Apply

If you have modified the data in the selected item, clicking


Apply will save your changes into the Library.

Close

Close the Library screen

The bottom of the Library Screen displays the detailed data associated with the selected
item. All Library items will have a Name, Description, and Type, although the available
types will be different depending on the specific Library items. Select or type in the data

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for the selected item and click the 'Apply' button. The data for that item will be saved in
the Library.
Once you have saved this data, you can select all of the data at once by selecting the
name, usually from a drop-down list, in Right-Suite Residential. For example, you can
select an entire set of Radiant Panel Preferences from the drop-down list on the 'Library
panel' line in the Radiant Heating Preferences screen.

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Right-Sales Manager
This chapter describes how to optimize your sales efforts with
Right-Sales Manager.

Setup........................................................................... 290
Customers................................................................... 292
Proposals .................................................................... 293
Dashboard................................................................... 295
Scorecard.................................................................... 296

Right-Sales manager allows you keep track of your sales efforts and the status of your
projects.

Right-Sales Manager Screens


Right-Sales Manager uses 4 main screens. There are also detail screens for each main
screen. To display the Right-Sales Manager toolbar:
Click on the

button in the Right-Suite Residential toolbar.

Setup
To display the Right-Sales Manager Setup Screen:
Click on the

button in the Right-Sales Manager toolbar.

Or
Select Show | Right-Sales Manager | Setup from the Right-Suite
Residential menu.

Employees
The Employees tab is where you keep a database of the members of your sales team.
Most of this screen is a summary of the entire database. There is actually much more
information about each employee in the database.
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The buttons on the bottom of the screen allow you to maintain this database.
Add

Add an employee

Edit

Modify or view all of the data associated with a particular


employee

Delete

Remove an existing employee from the database

When you add or edit an employee, you will see all of the data for a new or existing
employee:

Stages and types


The Stages and types tab is where you can define types of proposals and stages in the
sales process. Both of these can be selected in the Right-Sales Manager Proposal Screen
to indicate the status of a particular proposal.
Importing Customers, Employees, and Proposals
If your have Right-Suite Residential projects that are not being managed by Right-Sales
Manager, you can import them into Right-Sales Manager easily.
Click on the Import button at the bottom of the Setup Screen.
Select the Right-Suite Residential project that you want to import.
If there is a customer name entered in the project that you are importing (in
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the Right-Sales Manager customer database. Type in the additional


customer information in the screen that is displayed. Click the OK button to
proceed to the Employee Screen.
If the project you are importing has 'Prepared by' (in the Project Information
Screen) filled in, an employee will be added to the Right-Sales Manager
employee database. Type in the additional employee information in the
screen that is displayed. Click on the OK button to proceed to the Proposal
Screen.
If the project you are importing has a job number (in the Project Information
Screen) filled in, a proposal will be added to the Right-Sales Manager
proposals database. Type in the additional information in the screen that is
displayed. Click on the OK button to complete the importing.

Customers
To display the Right-Sales Manager Customers Screen:
Click on the

button in the Right-Sales Manager toolbar.

Or
Select Show | Right-Sales Manager | Customers from the Right-Suite
Residential menu.

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This is where you keep a database of all of your customers. Most of this screen is a
summary of the entire database. There is actually much more information about each
customer in the database.
The buttons on the bottom of the screen allow you to maintain this database.
Add

Add a customer

Edit

Modify or view all of the data associated with a particular


customer

Delete

Remove an existing customer from the database

When you add or edit a customer, you will see all of the data for a new or existing
customer:

Proposals
To display the Right-Sales Manager Proposals Screen:
Click on the

button in the Right-Sales Manager toolbar.

Or
Select Show | Right-Sales Manager | Proposals from the Right-Suite Residential menu.

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This is where you keep a database of all of your customers. Most of this screen is a
summary of the entire database. There is actually much more information about each
customer in the database.
You can filter the proposals that are displayed by entering filter criteria in the top portion
of the screen. This is a good way to find a specific proposal or if you want to see just
some of the proposals in the database.
The buttons on the bottom of the screen allow you to maintain this database.
Add

Add a proposal

Edit

Modify or view all of the data associated with a particular


proposal

Delete

Remove an existing proposal from the database

When you add or edit a proposal, you will see all of the data for a new or existing
proposal:

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Note that you can select the Type (in the Job section) and Stage (on the right) from drop
down lists. The available Types and Stages will be from the Types and Stages databases
that you added in the Setup Screen.

Dashboard
To display the Right-Sales Manager Dashboard:
Click on the

button in the Right-Sales Manager toolbar.

Or
Select Show | Right-Sales Manager | Dashboard from the Right-Suite Residential
menu.

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This screen displays statistics about the sales of the selected employee or the entire
company and/or for a specific time period. Select the employee and start and end dates at
the top of the screen. The statistics will be displayed on the rest of the screen.
Click on the Details button to view the proposals that are included in the statistics.

Scorecard
To display the Right-Sales Manager Scorecard:
Click on the

button in the Right-Sales Manager toolbar.

Or
Select Show | Right-Sales Manager | Scorecard from the Right-Suite Residential menu.

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This is a database of the sales statistics for each of your employees. Right-Sales
Manager maintains all the data that appears on this screen. You can view detailed sales
statistics one employee or the entire company and/or for a specific time period. If you
want to see the proposals for the selected employee, click on the Details button.

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Glossary
A
Adequate Exposure Diversity (AED) - A cooling application has AED if the difference
between the peak-hour fenestration gain for the entire conditioned space does not
exceed the average fenestration gain for the same space by more than 30%.
AED see Adequate Exposure Diversity
AED Excursion - The difference between the peak-hour fenestration gain for the entire
conditioned space and 130% of the average fenestration gain for the same space.
This value is added to the ALP load calculation if the conditioned space does not
have AED.
ALP - see Average Load Procedure
Air change (AC) The amount of outdoor air that is required to completely replace the
air in a room or building with outdoor air, by air leakage (infiltration) and /or
through an engineered ventilation system.
Air changes per hour (ACH or AC/hr) The number of times per hour the total
volume of indoor air contained in a room or building is replaced with outdoor air by
infiltration or mechanical ventilation.
Air conditioner (AC) An assembly of equipment for the simultaneous control of air
temperature, relative humidity, purity and motion.
Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Institute (ARI) A private-public sector research
collaboration of the heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration
(HVAC/R) industry, with the mission to identify, prioritize, and undertake precompetitive research that focuses on decreasing energy consumption, increasing
indoor environmental quality and safeguarding the environment.
Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) A nonprofit trade association of
HVACR contractors (see The ACCA Connection at the end of this manual).
Airflow The movement of air, usually within boundaries such as ducts.

Air outlet A device or opening through which air is withdrawn from or discharged into
a conditions space.
Air source heat pump (ASHP)
Air Volumetric Flow (AVF) Refers to the air flow rate through an HVAC unit or duct
system. Measured in cubic feet per minute (cfm) in inch-pound units and liters per
second (l/s) in SI units.
Annual fuel consumption (AFC) The amount of fuel used in one year.
Annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) An annual fuel efficiency rating similar to
mileage ratings for cars. The higher the AFUE for a furnace, the more efficient the
furnace. All furnace models are tested using U.S. Department of Energy procedures
to assign their AFUE rating. The lowest allowable AFUE (as of 1992) is 78%.
Ambient air The air surrounding an object (usually outdoor air or the air in an
enclosure under study).
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers
(ASHRAE) An international organization that is organized for the sole purpose
of advancing the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and
refrigeration for the public's benefit through research, standards writing, continuing
education and publications.
Average Load Procedure - The Manual J Eighth Edition calculation used when a
conditioned space does not have AED.

B
Block In the Right-Proposal Plus Library, a block is a copy of a section of a proposal
including all formatting, text, tables, images, etc. Blocks differ from User Variables
in that User Variables do not contain formatting.
Block cooling load The largest cooling load that can occur when a number of rooms or
zones are considered as a group.
British thermal unit (Btu) The amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one
pound of water one degree Fahrenheit.
British thermal unit per hour (Btuh) The hourly rate of heat flow, measured in Btu
units.

Glossary

300

Bypass duct A duct that is connected to both the supply duct and return duct for the
purpose of maintaining adequate flow through critical components when the system
air flow is vigorously throttled by zone dampers.

C
Coefficient of performance (COP) The ratio of the rate of net heat output to the total
energy input expressed in consistent units and under designated rating conditions.
The ratio of the refrigerating capacity to the work absorbed by the compressor per
unit time.
Construction numbers The codes used by ACCA for building component
constructions.
Convective heat transfer coefficient (H) The constant of proportionality relating the
convective rate of heat transfer at a surface to the temperature difference across the
air film on that surface.
Cooling (Clg) The process for reducing the temperature of a space of system below a
specified level.
Cooling load factor (CLF) The ratio of the total cooling of a complete cycle for a
specified period consisting of an on time and an off time to the steady-state cooling
done over the same period at constant ambient conditions.
Cooling load temperature difference (CLTD) Used to calculate the heat gain for
walls, ceilings, floors and opaque doors. A CLTD represents the effective air
temperature difference across the structural panel. This temperature difference
accounts for the air-to-air temperature difference across the panel, the heating effect
of the sun striking the outdoor surface of the panel and the thermal mass of the
panel.
Cooling inside dry-bulb The temperature used to set the thermostat during the cooling
season.
Cubic feet per minute (cfm) The volume of air that can be heated or cooled by
heating or cooling equipment per minute.

D
Damper A device used to vary the volume of air passing through an outlet, inlet, or
duct; or generally through a confined cross section by varying the cross-sectional
area.

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301

Degree-day (DD) The difference in temperature between the outdoor mean


temperature over a 24-hour period, and the given base temperature of a building
space.
Design airflow The required airflow when the system is operating under assumed
maximum conditions of design, including diversity.
Design conditions The specified environmental conditions, such as temperature and
humidity, required to be produced and maintained by a system.
Design temperature swing The temperature rise allowed above the inside design
temperature. Right-Suite Residential only accepts 3.0 or 4.5 F.
Diversity The effect referred to when using the block load as the design cooling load in
residential multizone applications. This is possible because peak zone loads dont
usually occur at the same time. The block load is usually less than the sum of the
peak zone loads.
Dry-bulb temperature Air temperature measured by an ordinary thermometer when
there is no solar heating effect or evaporative cooling effect.
Duct sizing The calculation of dimensions of ducting for a given air distribution
system.

E
Effective length The design parameter for calculating the friction loss of a run.
Effective Length, expressed in feet, is the sum of the actual length and the
equivalent length.
Efficiency The ratio of useful output energy of a piece of equipment to input energy.
Emittance (e) The ratio of the radiant energy flux (Btuh/Sqft) emitted from a surface
(thrown off to the surroundings) to the flux emitted from a black body (the
maximum possible emittance) at the same temperature and subject to the same
environment.
Energy-efficiency ratio (EER) The ratio of net cooling capacity in Btuh to the total
rate of electric input in watts, under designated operating conditions.
Equipment sizing load Also called design heating or cooling load.
Equivalent length A method of expressing the friction loss of duct fittings by equating
the fitting loss to straight duct friction loss.

Glossary

302

Equivalent temperature difference (ETD) See Cooling load temperature difference.

F
Fahrenheit temperature (oF) The temperature scale on which at standard atmospheric
pressure, the boiling point of water is 212 oF and its freezing point is 32 oF; absolute
zero is -459.69 oF.
Friction rate The pressure loss that occurs between two points in a duct system.

G
Gallon (Gal) U.S. gallon.
Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association A national trade association whose
members manufacture appliances, components and related products used in
connection with space heating, water heating and commercial food service. In
addition to gas-fired appliances, GAMAs scope includes certain oil-fired and
electrical appliances. GAMAs principal purpose is to serve and represent its
members and the industries, which they comprise.
Grains A unit of measurement that refers to the weight of an object (there are 7,000
grains in a pound).

H
Heat flow (Q) The passage of heat from one point to another or one space to another
by one or more of the three modes (conduction, convection and radiation).
Heat transfer multiplier (HTM) The amount of heat that flows through one square
foot of a building component at a given temperature difference. HTM values differ
for various wall constructions. Heating HTMs for doors, walls, etc. are determined
by multiplying the transmission coefficient (U) by the winter design temperature
difference. Cooling HTMs for doors, walls, etc. are determined by multiplying the
transmission coefficient (U) by the summer equivalent temperature difference.
Heating (Htg) The process of adding heat energy causing a rise in temperature, or a
transfer of sensible heat into latent heat.
Heating design temperature difference (TD) The winter indoor dry bulb temperature
minus the winter outside dry bulb temperature.

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303

Heating inside dry-bulb - The temperature used to set the thermostat during the heating
season.
Heating load (HL) The heating rate required to replace heat loss from the space being
controlled.
Heating seasonal performance factor (HSPF) The ratio of the total heat delivered
over the heating seasons (not to exceed 12 months) to the total energy input over
the heating season, in consistent units.
Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC)
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (HVACR)
Hour (hr) One of the points on a timepiece marking off 12 or 24 successive intervals
of 60 minutes, from midnight to noon and noon to midnight or from midnight to
midnight.
Humidity ratio The ratio of the mass of water vapor to the mass of dry air.

K
Kilowatt hour (kWh) The energy unit used in marketing electrical power (the SI unit
for energy is the joule (J))

L
Latent gain The additional load caused by humidity reduction. Affected by the
relative humidity.
Latent heat Energy (heat) associated with a change of state, as of liquid to vapor or
vice versa, expressed as Btu/lb. In HVAC usage, the energy associated with the
moisture in the air.
Latent infiltration Load The heat gain or latent load from moisture brought in with
the air leakage.
Latent ventilation Load The latent gain caused by mechanical ventilation equipment.
Length (L) A measure used as a unit to estimate dimensions.
Linear foot (LF) A unit of length in the U.S. Customary and British Imperial systems
equal to 12 inches (0.3048 meter).

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304

Load calculation Determines how much energy (Btu) is required to maintain cooling,
heating, and ventilation.

M
Manual D ACCAs method for sizing residential ductwork. Right-Suite Residential is
the computerized version of Manual D.
Manual J ACCAs method for sizing residential load calculations. Right-Suite
Residential is the computerized version of Manual J. ACCA released Addenda A,
B, C, and D to Manual J Eighth Edition in May of 2004. These addenda are
incorporated into Right-Suite Residential.
Multizone (or multiple zone) system (MZ) For dwellings, a comfort-conditioning
system designed to serve two or more rooms or areas having different or unsynchronized
heating and cooling requirements. In some cases a zone is required to satisfy a special
humidification, filtration or ventilation requirement. See Zone.

O
Outdoor air The air outside a building or taken from outdoors and not previously
circulated through the system.
Outside air External air; atmosphere exterior to refrigerated or conditioned space;
ambient, surrounding air.

P
Peak Fenestration Gain - The maximum hourly fenestration heat gain for a conditioned
space.
Peak Load Procedure - The Manual J Eighth Edition calculation procedure that is used
when a conditioned space has AED.
Personal computer (PC)
PFG - see Peak Fenestration Gain
PLP - see Peak Load Procedure
Pound (lb) A unit of weight equal to 16 ounces (453.592 grams.

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305

R
R-value Thermal resistance value of an insulator. Higher R-values mean better
insulation and lower heat flow. R values are expressed in ft2. F/Btuh.
Radiation gain Heating increase due to the radiation effects from the sun. Surfaces
transfer heat.
Rate-swing multiplier (RSM) A correction factor used to modify sensible cooling
loads to account for the effects of room temperature swing and equipment rating
conditions.
Relative humidity Approximately, the ratio of the density of the water vapor in the air
to the saturation density of water vapor at the same temperature, expressed as a
percentage.

S
Seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) The total cooling output of an air
conditioner during its normal annual usage period for cooling, in Btuh, divided by
the total electric energy input during the same period, in watt-hours.
Sensible gain The increase in temperature where moisture is not involved.
Sensible heat ratio (SHR) The ratio of the sensible heat to the sensible plus latent heat
to be removed from a conditioned space.
Shading coefficient The ratio of the admittance of a light, a glazing or a fenestration
assembly (with or without internal shade) to the admittance of a single light of 1/8
inch, clear, double strength glass.
Solar gain Heat gain into a building from the solar radiation through glass of different
types and interior shading. Also called radiation gain.
Static pressure the force per unit area, perpendicular to the direction of flow in a duct.

T
Temperature difference The variation between the inside and outside air temperature.
For cooling temperature difference, solar gain data is considered.
Ton A time-rate of cooling equal to 12,000 Btuh (approximately 3517 W).

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306

Total latent load The sum of the following latent loads: internal gains, ventilation,
and infiltration.
Total sensible gain The total of all sensible gains for a room, including internal gains,
infiltration and duct gains.
Transmission coefficient (U-value) The U-value combines the effect of the thermal
resistance of the building components, such as a wall, ceiling, or roof, with the
effects of convection at the inside and outside surfaces. U-values are expressed in
Btuh/sq ft F.
Transmission loss Heating or cooling loss through a solid surface, such as a wall.
(This differs from infiltration loss, which is the heating or cooling loss through the
air.)

U
U-value (or U-Factor) Combines the effect of the thermal resistance of the wall,
ceiling/roof, or glass, and the effects of convection at the inside and outside
surfaces. U values are expressed in Btuh/sq ft F.
User Variable In the Right-Proposal Plus Library, a User Variable is data that you
define and can include in your Proposal Document by name. A User Variable
differs from a Block in that a User Variable does not contain any formatting. The
formatting in effect before the User Variable will be used.

V
Ventilation Outdoor air that is introduced by HVAC equipment in a controlled
manner.

W
Wet-bulb temperature The temperature indicated by a wet-bulb psychrometer. It is a
good indicator of the amount of moisture in the air. When the wet-bulb temperature
is equal to the dry-bulb temperature, the relative humidity is 100%.

Z
Zone An area in a building that is isolated by a full partition. A building can have
several zones. You can adjust the temperature in one zone independently of the
other zones. The number of zones in a house is equal to the number of thermostats
in the house.

Glossary

307

RSR PE Files
File naming conventions
Right-Suite Residential uses the following naming conventions for its files.
Convention

.BIN
.CAT
.CNT
.DAT
.MDB
.DLL
.DOT
.HLP
.RRD
.RRP
.RRT
.WAV

Description

Right-Suite Residential binary help file


Right-Draw catalog file
Windows help file table of contents
Right-Suite Residential reference table
Database
Program extension
Microsoft Word Template
Windows help file
Right-Suite Residential demo project
Right-Suite Residential project
Right-Suite Residential template
Windows sound file

RSR PE file list


File

Description

rrx.exe

The Right-Suite Residential program

RSR.hlp
RSR.cnt
TipsRSR.txt
rsChoice.bin

Help files

RPRWSF.mdb

Proposal Library

File

Description

Annotations.cat
Arrows.cat
Bath Appliances.cat
Building Components.cat
Equipment.cat
Flow Chart.cat
Furniture.cat
Kitchen Appliances.cat
Miscellaneous.cat
Network.cat
Shapes.cat
Signs.cat

Sample Right-Draw catalogs

Spell32.dll
Dict25.app
Dict25.d
Dict25.s
Dict25.u

Right-Proposal Plus spell checker files

Part.htm
PartHtml.template
Part_Dist.htm
Part_Dist.template
Part_Man.htm
Part_Man.template
Part_Special.htm
Part_Special.template

Right-Proposal Plus data files

ARIGAMA.mdb
RSRbin.dat

ARI/GAMA equipment database


Bindata database

RSRprop1.dot
RSRprop2. dot
RSRprop3. dot
RSRprop4. dot
RSRprop5. dot

Sample custom report/proposal templates

Default.RRT

Default project template

RSR PE Files

309

File

Description

DrawFlexDuctStart.rrd
ExDrawFlexDuct.rrd
ExACCA.rrd
MDEX1.rrd
ExMDEX1.rrd
MDEX3.rrd
ExMDEX3.rrd
MDEX4.rrd
MultilevelDuctStart.rrd
ExMultilevelDuct.rrd
Radiant Example.rrd
Example Load.rrd

Sample projects

RSRManual.pdf
NetworkInstallGuide.pdf

Documentation in Adobe Acrobat format

RSR PE Files

310

Windows Environment
One benefit of Windows is that there is more than one way to accomplish any task. This
appendix was included to provide you a reference to Windows conventions that are used
in RSR PE.
<Alt-Access Key> - In the Windows environment, you may scroll through the main
menu without using your mouse. Notice on the Windows main menu that every menu
has one letter underlined. The underlined letter is the Access Key for that menu. In RSR
PE, press <Alt> then press the <F> key to display the File menu options. Notice that
each of the file menu options also has an Access Key. To choose and option from the
File menu, just press the underlined letter next to the option. Once you have selected a
main menu Access Key, you may scroll around with the arrow keys. Moving left to right
will move the cursor between main menu items, moving up an down will move the
cursor within a menu.
<Alt-Tab> - A major benefit of working in a Windows environment is that you can
move from application to application without having to close out of either of the
programs. One easy way to switch between programs is to use the <Alt-Tab> feature.
While holding down <Alt>, press <Tab> once. A pop-up display will arise in the middle
of your screen. The programs you have open are displayed in this box; there is a box
around the program you are currently working in. With the <Alt>key still depressed,
press <Tab>. This will move the box to another program. Press <Tab> until the
program you want to display has the box around it then release the <Alt-Tab> keys.
Adjusting Window Size - In RSR PE, you may now have more than one screen open at
a time. This allows you to make changes in one screen and view the effect of the
changes on the other screens. However, to do this effectively you will have to resize
some of the windows. Even if you Tile the arrangement (see description below) of the
windows, you may still want to show more or less of certain screens.
To adjust the window size, place your cursor directly on the border of a window that you
would like to resize. If you place your cursor on the vertical border, your cursor will
look like the figure below. You may also rest your cursor on a horizontal bar to change
the height of the window or in the corner of a window to adjust height and width
simultaneously.

Cascade - Choose Window | Cascade from the main menu to stack the screens in a
cascaded arrangement with the title bar of each window visible. To access any Window,
simply click its title bar.

Restoring Windows - Anytime you have minimized, maximized or altered the size of a
window and would like to restore the original shape and size, you may use this
capability. Select Window | Restore to restore your window to its original size.
In the furthermost lower, right-hand corner of the RSR PE program
Size Grip window, you will notice some diagonal lines that fade into the corner. This is known as
the size grip. Click and hold down the mouse button on the size grip. Drag upward and
to the left. Notice how the size grip can be used to resize the window. The size grip is
useful if you are running RSR PE with other programs at the same time.
Tile - Choose Window | Tile from the main menu to "Tile" the open windows. Selecting
Tile will place any screens that you have open in a tiled arrangement so that they are all
visible on your screen at once.

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312

Index
Add ......................................... 60, 80, 87

Special ceilings ............................. 51, 60


Vaulted ceilings ................ 19, 60, 80, 87

ACCA .. xviii, 8, 12, 20, 117, 299, 305, 319,


320, 321
Adequate Exposure Diversity ............... 170

Choices help.......................... 11, 148, 177


Color ......... 80, 81, 120, 122, 127, 139, 198
Duct .................................................. 120

AED .......See Adequate Exposure Diversity


Air outlets . 49, 50, 104, 110, 114, 139, 142,
146, 149, 154, 155

AutoCAD files ............................. 80, 130


AutoCAD layer ..........................See Layers
Automatic calculations............................ 33
AutoSave................................................. 10

Status indicators................................ 141


Construction numbers ..... 35, 57, 79, 89, 90,
123, 133, 301
Copy protection......................................... 2
Cost comparisons ............................... 30, 210

Custom reports
Create................................................ 267

Balancing ................................ 96, 169, 189


Bill of Materials Screen ........................ 222

Default construction numbers52, 54, 60, 89,


259

Bin data............................See Weather data

Demo mode ......... 2, 3, 5, 53, 177, 258, 308

Bird's eye viewer..................................... 52

Design conditions................ 3, 25, 189, 259

Bookmarks .................... 266, 267, 268, 269

Design process ............................ 13, 19, 36

Building orientation ................................ 58

Dimension ............................................. 129

Building orientation......................... 63, 72

Diversity........................................ 168, 172

Worst case .......................................... 58

Definition.................................. 170, 302

Bypass duct........................................... 301

Doors................. 19, 54, 58, 63, 71, 76, 138

Duct distribution ... 13, 19, 91, 96, 101, 102,


110, 114, 147
Hydronic baseboards .. 19, 102, 113, 114

Catalog.............52, 122, 138, 143, 259, 308

Duct notation layer.....................See Layers

Ceilings

Duct Preferences Screen29, 140, 148, 259, 260

Duct sizing....................xviii, 8, 12, 20, 321

F8 See Override

Duct system design... 21, 107, 150, 169. See


High velocity ducts. See High velocity
ducts

File operations ...................................... 261

Duct system layout ..50, 106, 140, 146, 150,


154, 155, 156, 159, 259, 260

Fittings ........ 29, 51, 109, 120, 138, 184, 302

Flex duct ..........................36, 145, 146, 258


Floors

Ducts layer................................. See Layers

Add..........................................60, 80, 87
Special floors...............19, 51, 60, 80, 87

Friction rate ........................................29, 303

Earth temperature city ..... See Weather data

Entering water temperature ...179, 183, 191


Equipment cfm ......................................103

Geothermal loop design............... xviii, 175

Equipment location..................................96

Grid settings...........................124, 134, 135

In zones ............... 96, 100, 172, 273, 279


Equipment Screen..11, 95, 97, 98, 173, 175,
177, 178, 179

Equivalent length...........................184, 302

Handle .......................................55, 56, 132

EWT ..........See Entering water temperature

Help keys................................................ 11

Example

High velocity ducts 271, 272, 279, 282, 289

Flex duct ...........................................145

Duct layout........275, 276, 279, 280, 282

Loop design.......................................176

Register placement ............274, 280, 282

Multizone ..........................................167

Hot keys.................................................. 11

Proposal.....................................215, 227
Room-by-room....................................64

HVAC Shapes Toolbox .. 51, 58, 73, 76, 77,


81

Template ...........................................257

Copy ................................................. 133

Whole house load................................52

Hydronic baseboard... See Duct distribution

F1 See What is it? help

Infiltration....14, 35, 62, 100, 259, 299, 304,


307

F2 See Project Information Screen


F4 See Infiltration Screen
F7 See Equipment Screen

Index

Infiltration Screen ................11, 28, 95, 173


Initial cost ............................................. 208
Install ...............................1, 2, 3, 5, 53, 269

314

Move..................................................... 5

Internal gains ...................... 28, 61, 65, 307


Investment comparisons ...................... 30, 211

Manifold, radiant................................... 195


Manifold, snow melting ........................ 202

Manual D ................... xviii, 8, 20, 305, 319

Key information.................................... 7, 8

Manual J ....xviii, 8, 20, 28, 35, 61, 64, 170,


305, 319
Form J1............................................... 62

Microsoft Word14, 117, 265, 266, 269, 308


Microsoft Word templates.... See Templates

Layers ......................80, 104, 117, 126, 141

Multiple equipment systems ............. 14, 92

AutoCAD.................................... 80, 130

Multiple zones...................... See Multizone

Duct notation .................................... 139

Multizone .. 14, 25, 35, 92, 95, 96, 117, 167,


168, 169, 170, 172, 196, 302, 305

Ducts........................... 80, 104, 149, 155


Lock.................................................. 130
Notation80, 121, 126, 128, 133, 137, 143,
151
Radiant panel...................... 80, 111, 193
Library .......................... 192, 205, 283, 284
Library Setup Screen ............................ 217
License Disk ......................................... 2, 5
Load calculation... xviii, 12, 20, 50, 62, 138,
169, 188, 305
Block load .......................... 52, 168, 302

Multizone Tree.... 11, 35, 92, 93, 95, 96, 97,


100, 108, 168, 169, 172

N
Navigator Bar.................................... 15, 40
New project19, 36, 37, 38, 53, 66, 258, 262
Notation layer ............................See Layers

method ............................................ 8, 35
Load Meter.......11, 28, 35, 73, 95, 100, 169
Loads preferences ............... 11, 28, 60, 259
Loop characteristics .............. 176, 180, 181
Loop Details Screen.................... 31, 182, 185
Loop Worksheet ................. 31, 180, 183, 185
Loop/equipment configuration31, 176, 179, 185

Overlapping vs. intersecting ducts ........ 140


Override .................................. 11, 103, 147
Overview................................................. 13

P
Parts Mapping Editor ............ 215, 223, 225
Project
Copy ................................................. 262

Index

315

Delete ................................................263

Text boxes ........................................ 241

Move .................................................263

User variables............................240, 255

New...................................................262

Proposal Information Screen .........216, 221

Rename .............................................263

Proposal Library ........................22, 34, 216

Save...................................................116

Assemblies ................................220, 254

Project Information Screen....11, 25, 35, 67,


113, 114, 175, 177, 208, 221, 259

Distributors....................................... 251
Manufacturers .................................. 250

Property Sheet .61, 77, 78, 79, 89, 106, 114,


120, 131, 133, 138, 139, 156, 193
Proposal ................. 265, 266, 267, 269, 309
Create ................................................265
Generate ............................................268

Parts...........................217, 218, 220, 251


proposal template.................................. 234
Pump Details Screen........................31, 185
Pump Worksheet .........................31, 183, 185

Radiant ............................................. 199

Print...................................................269

Snow melting ................................... 203

Save...................................................269
Proposal document
Blocks ...............................................255
Bullets and numbering ......................247

Dates .................................................237

Radiant heating ......14, 22, 32, 80, 187, 188,


189, 205

Export/import ....................................249

Radiant Heating Loop Worksheet . 32, 191, 192,

Font ...........................................232, 246


Header and footer..............................236
Images ...............................................243
Images - embed .................................243
Images - link .....................................243
Lines and rectangles..................232, 244
Page layout........................................236
Page numbers ....................................236
Paragraph format...............................246
Parts and assemblies..........................237
Program variables .............................238
Proposal Templates ...........................255
Spell checking ...................................248

197, 199
Radiant Heating Manifold Tree ............ 198
Radiant Heating Manifold Worksheet ....32, 191
Radiant Heating Preferences Screen32, 190, 192

Radiant Heating Quick Quote............... 204


Radiant Heating Room Worksheet.32, 197, 205

Radiant panel ... xviii, 14, 20, 22, 32, 49, 50,
101, 102, 110, 111, 188, 197, 205, 224
Add................................................... 110
Construction ..................................... 192
Definition ......................................... 189
Radiant panel layer .................... See Layers
Radiant Panel Preferences .............191, 284
Repeat last selection ........................89, 133

Tables................................................241

Index

316

Reports............................................ 19, 116

Snow Melting Panel Design.................. 201

Custom 14, 117, 265, 266, 267, 269, 309

Snow Melting Preferences ................... 33, 284

Standard14, 110, 116, 140, 143, 184, 200,


223

Snow Melting Worksheet...................... 201


Static pressure

Reynolds number .......................... 182, 185

Available static pressure ................... 146

Right-Draw and the Right-J Worksheet .. 57


Right-J Worksheet .................................. 57

Fan static pressure .................... 103, 104


Static Pressure Screen . 29, 145, 146, 147, 153,

Right-Proposal Plus Library.................. 250

155, 260

Risers .............105, 110, 139, 153, 154, 157

Story................................................ 80, 262

Room....19, 21, 28, 32, 35, 80, 89, 107, 120

Supply Branch Worksheet ........................... 29

Add ....................... 54, 55, 71, 73, 81, 93

System comparisons.... 30, 208, 209, 210, 260

Assign to zone ...... 93, 96, 100, 108, 122

System requirements ................................. 2

Definition ......................................... 168


Move................................................... 55

Name .................................................. 56
No air outlets ............................ 114, 142
Non-rectangular.................. 74, 126, 136
Property Sheet .................................... 61
Resize ................................................. 56
Rotate.................................... 119, 123, 131
RSR PE file names............................ 9, 308

S
Sales hotline.............................................. 3
Scale.......................................... 54, 71, 134
Screen resolution......................... 50, 54, 72
Sheets & Layers Tree...... 80, 104, 110, 124,
130, 141, 143, 149
Snow melting ............ 22, 33, 187, 188, 189
Snow Melting Loop Worksheet ............ 33, 203

Snow Melting Manifold Tree................ 203


Snow Melting Manifold Worksheet .............. 33

Index

Takeoff22, 32, 109, 111, 112, 130, 200, 225,


259, 279
Technical support.......................... 2, 3, 4, 5
Templates.......................................... 21, 38
Create................................ 258, 262, 267
Default .............................. 257, 260, 309
Drawing ............................ 122, 126, 137
Microsoft Word ........ 266, 269, 308, 309
New from template ............... 19, 53, 262
proposal .................................... 229, 231
RSR PE..... 9, 36, 68, 135, 177, 208, 213,
257, 258, 308
Toolbars .................................... 22, 28, 229
Function Selector Toolbar 22, 24, 28, 37,
57, 108, 112, 180, 190, 209, 217, 278
Notation Toolbar............................... 127
Project Toolbar ............... 24, 25, 92, 113
Right-Draw ............................... 136, 151
Screen Toolbar.. 23, 24, 28, 37, 108, 217

317

Trunk reductions .................................260

Earth temperature city ...............176, 177

Two-line walls...............................121, 135

What is it? help....................................... 11


Windows

Add..........................................58, 77, 82
Property Sheet .................................... 78

Uninstall ............................................1, 4, 5

wizard ......................42, 43, 45, 46, 66, 284


Working directory..................................... 4

V
VAV
Central VAV system .........................172
Ventilation.........................35, 62, 304, 307

Z
Zone.......................................... See Zoning
Zone Information Screen 95, 100, 173, 189,
259
Zoning ...............................................93, 96
Definition ......................................... 168

Weather data..14, 25, 36, 37, 177, 189, 209,


258, 259
Bin data .....................176, 177, 179, 209

Index

Equipment ........................................ 172


Zoom in/out ...11, 22, 24, 76, 117, 135, 143

318

The ACCA Connection


Right-J and Right-D are recognized by ACCA as their official software versions of the
Manual J and Manual D calculation and sizing methods.

What is ACCA?
The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) is a nonprofit trade association of
HVACR contractors with national headquarters located in Washington, DC. With over
3,400 members and more than 50 local chapters across the country, ACCAs membership
includes manufacturers of HVAC equipment, utilities, equipment wholesalers and
distributors, vocational and technical schools and others.
ACCA represents and serves contractors who design, install, service and repair air
conditioning, heating, refrigeration, humidification, dehumidification, air purification and
ventilation systems. ACCA is dedicated to providing its members with the tools and
information for managing quality in their business operations through numerous
education programs, publications, and technical and management reference libraries.
In addition, ACCA vigorously promotes the interests and concerns of its members to the
US Congress and federal agencies and encourages input and participation from members
in the associations goal to influence public policy to improve the HVACR business
climate.
To receive more information on the Air Conditioning Contractors of America, please fill
out the request form and fax or mail a copy to ACCA.
You can contact ACCA on the World Wide Web at www.acca.org
Air Conditioning Contractors of America
1712 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 483-9370
fax (202) 265-9800

What is ACCA?

319

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Other Software from Wrightsoft


ACCA-Approved Software
Right-Suite Commercial Combines four modular programs for commercial load
calculation, duct sizing, and job cost quotation all into a single program. The
building is described with Right-CommDraw. You draw the zones, windows, doors,
etc. of your building using your mouse. Right-CommDraw transfers the necessary
information to the other components of Right-Suite Commercial automatically.
Right-Suite Commercial combines these functions:

Right-CommDraw - Graphical building description

Right-CommLoad - Heating and cooling load calculation

Right-CommDuct - Multizone duct sizing

Right-CommProposal - Quotations and cost estimates

Right-Suite Tools- This affordable software features a set of HVAC tools that
allows you to get a fast answer for a variety of HVAC questions - including
psychrometrics! Right-Suite Tools combines these functions:

Right-HVAC Tools - loan, wire, pipe, and fan law calculator as well as
other useful HVAC formulas and conversion factors.

Right-Psychrometrics - psychrometrics the easy way


For more information on these products and special offers from Wrightsoft,
call 800-225-8697
or visit our website at www.wrightsoft.com