What is it about?
Dynamic solar shading can significantly reduce energy consumption in buildings and improve occupants' comfort. However, many new shading systems are hard to compare due to their rule-based control algorithms. This paper introduces a flexible framework for designing and optimizing dynamic shading systems using simulations and global minimization. The methodology can be applied to both existing and complex shading systems. It focuses on achieving comfort targets while minimizing energy consumption. By using this framework, designers can evaluate and compare their shading systems, guiding innovation in the field and benefiting building occupants.
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Why is it important?
This research is important because it aims to improve the design and performance of dynamic solar shading systems for buildings. These shading systems can significantly reduce energy consumption and enhance the comfort of building occupants by controlling the amount of sunlight and heat entering the building. The study presents a new approach to evaluating and optimizing the design of these shading systems, moving away from rule-based strategies to a more flexible and adaptable method. The new framework allows for better comparison and evaluation of existing and complex shading systems, including those with innovative designs inspired by nature or origami. The research can help architects and designers create more effective shading systems that provide better energy efficiency and comfort for building occupants. By using this new method, designers can ensure that their innovative ideas are backed by data-driven design, ultimately benefiting the people who live and work in these buildings.
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This page is a summary of: Occupant-centered optimization framework to evaluate and design new dynamic shading typologies, PLoS ONE, April 2020, PLOS, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0231554.
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