Paper Conference

Proceedings of SimBuild Conference 2004: 1st conference of IBPSA-USA


Sunshades and Their Acoustical Performance

Tamar Bleiberg, Edna Shaviv
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel

Abstract: Acoustics and climate are two aspects which are taken into consideration in the design of a building. These areas share many similarities, and yet, not much study has been done regarding the possible conflicting issues between them. A research was conducted in order to reveal these conflicts, by comparing the influence on acoustical conditions with the influence on climatic conditions of several design parameters. The focus of the research was on the acoustical performance of sunshades. For this purpose, a computerized model, APS, was developed and used to create different geometries of climatically satisfying horizontal sunshades, and evaluate their influence on acoustical conditions inside a room. This paper presents the importance of developing such a model as a tool for architects and climatic designers for a better acoustical-oriented design of sunshades.