Journal article

A daylighting knowledge-base for performance-driven facade design exploration

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 the 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. This approach is valuable for both design and educational uses by providing a simple way to approach daylighting early in the design process and by educating designers about how various design elements affect daylighting performance.


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