The Solar Decathlon House (SDH) is an interdisciplinary competition project organized by the U.S. Department of Energy where universities around the globe design, construct, and operate fully solar-powered houses. Texas A&M University was one of the 20 entries in the 2007 competition.
The process described below was a study to determine the final visual comfort performance with respect to glare year-round.. It was conducted by Autodesk Student Expert Francisco Farias after the house was built, and used physical measurements in conjunction with building simulations.
By studying and measuring the physical conditions on one day, and then inputting these values into daylight simulation software, the daylighting levels and glare can be more accurately modeled for any time of the day, or day of the year.
Autodesk Software Used:
Defining the Problem
Measuring Luminance & Calculating Reflectance
Measuring the Transmittance of the Windows
Creating a Model with the Physical Properties Represented
Comparing the Physical with the Digital
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