SOLAR-2

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Plots sunlight penetrating through a window with any combination of rectangular fins and overhangs. Also plots hour-by-hour 3-D suns-eye view 'movie' of the building. Prints annual tables of percent of window in full sun, radiation on glass, etc.

Keywords

windows, shading fins, overhangs, daylight

Validation/Testing

N/A.

Expertise Required

Intended to be self-instructional; requires only basic familiarity with computers and architectural vocabulary.

Users

Estimated in the hundreds; known to run in many of the schools of architecture in the U.S. and in dozens of architectural firms.

Audience

Architects, students of architecture, building managers, knowledgeable homeowners.

Input

Window, overhangs, and fins geometry.

Output

Graphic plots, tables.

Computer Platform

Windows 95/98/NT.

Programming Language

Runs under Windows 95/98/NT.

Strengths

User-friendly, highly graphic.

Weaknesses

Only allows rectangular shading elements.

Contact

Company:

Department of Architecture and Urban Design

Address:

Box 951467
University of California at Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California 90095-1467
United States

Telephone:

+1 (310) 825-7370

Facsimile:

+1 (310) 825-8959

E-mail:

Milne@ucla.edu

Website:

http://www.aud.ucla.edu/energy-design-tools

Availability

Last updated July 1999. Not copy protected; sharing is encouraged. Download off the web page at no cost.