A daylighting knowledge base for performance-driven facade design exploration

Gagne, Jaime M. L.; Andersen, Marilyne
October 2011
Leukos (Illuminating Engineering Society of North America);Oct2011, Vol. 8 Issue 2, p93
Academic Journal
Heuristics and simple design guides are important tools for designers who wish to incorporate daylighting into the early design process. This paper describes a simulation-based method for generating simple rules for facade design based on specific climate data. This approach uses a design of experiments methodology to populate a detailed daylighting knowledge base. To enable consideration of both visual performance and visual comfort, the knowledge base contains information about whole-year, climate-based illuminance and glare metrics. The design parameters considered include window and shading device geometry and glazing materials. The approach illustrates how various design elements affect daylighting performance and provides a simple way to approach daylighting early in the design process. It can be employed for design and in educational settings.


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