Building envelope : performance optimisation processes for a daylight responsive architecture

Varendorff, Andrew & Garcia Hansen, Veronica (2012) Building envelope : performance optimisation processes for a daylight responsive architecture. In Biondi, Susana, Jiménez, Cecilia, & Reiser, Juan (Eds.) Proceedings of the 28th International PLEA 2012 Conference : Opportunities, Limits and Needs Towards an Environmentally Resposable Architecture, Passive & Low Energy Architecture (PLEA), Lima, Peru, pp. 1-6.

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Traditional shading design principles guide the vertical and horizontal orientation of fins, louvres and awnings being applied to orthogonal planar façades. Due to doubly curved envelopes characterising many contemporary designs, these rules of thumb are now not always applicable. Operable blinds attempt to regulate the fluctuating luminance of daylight and aid in shading direct sunlight. Mostly they remain closed, as workers are commonly too preoccupied to continually adjust them so a reliance on electrically powered lights remains a preference. To remedy these problems, the idea of what it is to sustainable enclose space is reconsidered through the geometric and kinetic optimisation of a parametric skin, with sunlight responsive modules that regulate interior light levels. This research concludes with an optimised design and also defines some unique metrics to gauge the design’s performance in terms of, the amount of exterior unobstructed view, its ability to shade direct sunlight and, its daylight glare probability.

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ID Code: 54459
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Daylight, Glare, Simulation, Radiance, Parametric design
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Please consult the authors.
Deposited On: 31 Oct 2012 22:18
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2017 07:27

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