To better understand the building's relationship with the environment, especially the sun's radiation and energy projection, I have built a model for the main buildings of the Dijksparks to test their solar energy intake.
This research considers the building's geometry, the sun's path, and the local weather conditions. It draws the hot and cold parts of different facades. This result visualizes the building and its environment's heat information, it could be used to define the solar panel's positioning, the position of sunlight plants, etc.
Ladybug Tool is a collection of free applications that support environmental design; it is connected to Computer-Aided Design (CAD) interfaces to host a validated simulation. Here, I'm using Rhino 3D; for the radiation analysis, the ladybug uses an EPW weather file as an input base. The weather data will go through a cumulative sky matrix, creating a sky condition fit for the simulation. It takes the location and data of the direct and diffused radiation from the weather file, simulates radiation on the appointed geometry and accumulates them into a year.
Following the radiation analyses, I also extracted the wind force chart from the wether data in order to have a more complete climate analyses of the site. You can find the wind analyses for a period of one year at the end of the blog post.
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Last article modification: 23 October 2023