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Proceedings of Building Simulation 2021: 17th Conference of IBPSA


Characterised sun path patches as a way to design better shading

Andrew Corney 1
1 Trimble SketchUp, United Kingdom

Abstract: A discovery process that started with how architects use 3D models to design shading identified a substantial portion of practitioners who do not do any thermal simulation to design shading. This was found to be caused by difficulties in both drawing conclusions from the outputs of thermal simulations and explaining them to clients. We then used the beta program to test a range of design options, including 3-colour sun-path diagram plus star rating, to see if it improved understanding. Initial feedback and findings are that this has substantially improved evaluation of shading strategies.
Keywords: architects, sun path, shading
Pages: 3340 - 3341