SunTools

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A Plug-in for SketchUp that allows visualization of sun position and sun path, produces axonometric views from the sun to analyze mutual shading, and easy solar access and penetration at any design stage, without the need of exporting the data to external programs, using the existing SketchUp 3D model. It is aimed to serve students, teachers, architects and consultants from the early design stages, to include solar consideration in the design, using SketchUp as the graphic platform. Screen Shots

Keywords

Sun Path, Sun Views, Solar Access, Sun Penetration

Validation/Testing

None

Expertise Required

None

Users

Approximately 700 international users downloaded Plug-In two weeks after release.

Audience

Architects, students, teachers, consultants

Input

Uses the geometrical (3D model) and geographical information defined by the user in SketchUp. No defaults, no special data needed.

Output

SunPATH: visualization (month and year), SunPOS: Sun Position for a date and time, SunVIEW: Axonometric views from the Sun, SunPENETRATION: Analyze Sun Penetration/Access in any specific analysis point. Output in screen and as jpegs, can de saved as part of the SketchUp file.

Computer Platform

Windows, Mac under development

Programming Language

Ruby

Strengths

Sketch-Up integrated, visualization of solar data valuable for design

Weaknesses

No calculations performed, no simulations (yet)

Contact

Company:

Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

Address:

Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning
Technion City, Haifa 32000
Israel

Telephone:

+972.4.8294012

Facsimile:

+972.4.8294617

E-mail:

arrguedi@technion.ac.il

Website:

http://www.technion.ac.il/~arrguedi/

Availability

Free; registration required
http://tx.technion.ac.il/~arrguedi/SunTools/download.html