Daylight Analysis is a climate based parametrical process that retrofits projects during design stages or after occupancy interventions. The aim of the analysis is to quantify the illuminance levels inside the architectural spaces to obtain desired visual comfort conditions.
Late studies have shown the importance of accurate daylight levels in different daily life scenarios, improving learning in schools, recovery rates in hospitals, increasing productivity in workspaces and improving physiological well-being in almost any space. Additionally, energy consumption is reduced when daylight replaces electric lighting. Simultaneously, it eliminates the heat emitted by lights, therefore reducing mechanical cooling additions.
Daylight simulations can be performed along the building or in specifically required spaces. These can be performed on an annual basis, or at a specific time of day. The simulations are generated in Honeybee, Ladybug and Diva for Grasshopper and take into consideration the weather data, location, surrounding environment and design proposal.
Daylight analysis also provides design strategies as window-to-wall ratio definition and calculation of shading devices to reduce glare risk or increase daylight. This passive interventions retrofit program relationships, desired views and formal composition. The ultimate aim of this scientific analysis is to generate an environmental responsive design that increases occupant’s visual comfort.