How to Complete a Rheia Design
Rheia is here to support you and your builder through the HVAC design process. Follow these six phases to get HVAC designs completed quickly and accurately in preparation for Rheia installations in your builder’s next community.
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Step 1: Identify a plan
Builders should choose a popular plan, or a plan for an upcoming community. Note that it typically takes 2-4 weeks to go through the design process the first time and get all stakeholders involved. If the project is approaching sooner than that time frame allows, it is best to pick a project with a longer runway.
Not all plans are created equally. Start with a more “Rheia-friendly” plan. Adding complexity on a new activity causes delays with too much change to manage. The characteristics of ‘easier’ plans are:
‘Rheia-friendly’ plan types:
- Townhomes with open web trusses
- Basement or conditioned crawlspaces
- Multi-level homes
- Smaller square footage homes (less than 3,000 sq.ft.
- Production homes
More challenging plan types are:
- Single-story slab on grade
- Dimensional lumber floor system
- Larger square footage (>3,000 sq.ft.)
- Custom build homes
Step 2: Select an HVAC designer
- If their current designer is familiar with Rheia, contact that designer to initiate the Rheia design process with which they will be familiar.
- If their current designer is not familiar with Rheia, the Rheia team can facilitate their training. Note that this approach will take time. Rheia recommends using an experienced Rheia designer for the first project. See Step 6 for more details on getting designers trained.
Step 4: Coordinate the design work
Step 5: Set up a long-term process
Step 6: Train the HVAC designer
Get trainied on Rheia Designs
1. Get the plugin
The designer will need the Rheia plugin added to their Wrightsoft license. Rheia has a limited number of licenses they can give out at their discretion. Beyond that, the cost of the Rheia plugin is ~$375. Reach out to your local Rheia rep to initiate getting the Rheia plugin added to the Wrightsoft license.
2. Request training
When the designer has installed the Rheia plugin, send an email training enrollment request to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The email should confirm they have the Rheia plugin, and include the designer’s first name, last name, and email address to enroll them.
3. Take the training
The training course consists primarily of three lessons and two assignments. The lessons each contain a 30-minute video and a 20-question quiz. These easy assignments are simple practice designs enabling the trainee to showcase what they have learned.
A member of the Rheia Engineering Team reviews, grades, and provides feedback for each quiz and assignment, and are available to answer any questions.
4. Quality checks
The designer is not expected to be an expert in Rheia duct design after the training course. The designer will submit their first live designs to the Rheia Engineering Team for a quality check to ensure designs are meeting Rheia’s high standards.
Rheia team support is available to answer questions or to review a specific design. There are also additional online courses that delve deeper into many aspects of the design process.