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Optimizing Facades Through Automated Daylight Analysis

  • Sponsor: Covetool
  • Credits: 1 AIA LU
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  • Format: One Video Segment

Course Description

Energy use within the building sector currently contributes up to 40% of the annual CO2 emissions of developed countries. A major proportion of this energy is dedicated to occupants’ thermal comfort, followed by lighting. A well-designed day-lit building is crucial for occupant health and happiness and helps reduce energy use by minimizing the need for electric lighting and heating.

Thus, this session will showcase how optimizing your building’s facade using automated daylight and glare analysis can help you meet your EUI reduction goals while lowering operational costs. This session will walk you through best practice tips on identifying the ideal facade configuration within cove.tool’s Facade Guidance Feature and touch on a number of case studies relevant to this process.

Note: Certificates of Completion will be emailed in a PDF format for your records right away. Please allow for up to 3 to 4 weeks to receive AIA credit for the course.

Learning Objectives

  • Comprehend key terms (sDA, ASE, WWR)
  • Identify design decisions that impact daylight and the availability of daylight
  • Learn to compare façade design strategies for each different façade
  • Understand real-world examples that illustrate the benefits of effective design for daylighting, glare, and views as well as the human comfort and performance aspects