Page T2.1 . 16 June 2004                     
ArchitectureWeek - Tools Department
< Prev Page Next Page >
  • Energy Analysis Earlier
  • Daylighting Prediction Tool Online

      Current Contents
      Blog Center
      Download Center
      New Products
      Products Guide
      Classic Home
      Architecture Forum
      Architects Directory
      Topics Library
      Complete Archive
      Web Directory
      About ArchWeek
      Subscribe & Contribute
      Free Newsletters


    [an error occurred while processing this directive]

    Daylighting Prediction Tool Online

    by Christoph Reinhart

    Because daylighting is such an important feature of virtually all sustainable buildings and because its quality and quantity are difficult to predict and evaluate through simple rules of thumb, there is a need for daylighting software with a high rate of acceptance and adoption by design professionals.

    With a rapidly developing knowledge base, architects rely more than ever on solid performance measures to support their design decisions. Yet many aspects of design compete for the team's attention. In today's competitive environment, the value of information gained through any one simulation tool must be constantly weighed against the time and financial resources required.

    To foster the use of daylighting concepts throughout the design of a building, the Lighting Group at the National Research Council Canada (NRC), in partnership with the Buildings Group at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), has developed an online support service called Lightswitch Wizard.

    With little investment of time, the Wizard helps architects to design perimeter offices and classrooms with "enough but not too much" annual daylight, and it helps lighting designers assess the energy of lighting and window blind controls.

    Addressing Designers' Needs

    Lightswitch Wizard users do not require any previous knowledge of daylight simulation techniques because all simulation inputs are explained in the online technical background and the glossary sections.   >>>

    Discuss this article in the Architecture Forum...


    ArchWeek Image

    Lightswitch Wizard is a daylighting prediction system from the National Research Council Canada.
    Image: National Research Council Canada

    ArchWeek Image

    Basic approach of the Lightswitch Wizard.
    Image: National Research Council Canada


    Click on thumbnail images
    to view full-size pictures.

    < Prev Page Next Page > Send this to a friend       Subscribe       Contribute       Media Kit       Privacy       Comments
    ARCHWEEK   |   GREAT BUILDINGS   |   DISCUSSION   |   BOOKS   |   FREE 3D   |   SEARCH © 2004 Artifice, Inc. - All Rights Reserved