Made possible by our in-house service offerings, this in-depth review provides insight in to the major components of your project from a high level view, and provides clear steps forward to determining the feasibility of your requirements, and achieving them.
Our team will assess and review the following project components with you:
The importance of sun modeling is expressed quite often when we present the bodies of work that Jesse has developed. Today, we wanted to offer some insight into the methodology behind this practice. Behind every 3D visualization you see our firm develop there is a sun model that tracks the sun’s path, allowing us to design around its different positions throughout the day. Sun studies are an integral part of designing a home, as they help to determine the amount of sunlight that a home will receive throughout the day, as well as the direction and intensity of that sunlight. This information can significantly impact the design of the layouts of interior and exterior amenity spaces.
While there are several methods of completing sun studies, Jesse utilizes a combination of both observation of the sun paths in the early phases of the design process alongside sophisticated computer-generated sun models in the later phases. Typically, this first approach of observing the sun would be used to determine the sun’s rough position at different times of day in order to aid in the creation of floor plans. These floor plans are optimized to harness natural light in each room based on the average highest time of use by changing their position within the floor plan as well as the position of the windows within each space. In later phases we rely on the above-mentioned highly technical sun models that our software aids us in creating, telling us exactly how much natural light is going to flood each space on an hourly basis!
6. The Impacts of Shadows Cast by Your Structure on Neighbouring Homes: While this may seem to be an unusual thought to consider through the design process, we see it happen all the time where neighbour relations become strained as a result of the perceived impact of the new design on the natural light currently being harnessed by a neighbouring home. By completing a detailed sun study that takes both our client’s, and their neighbours homes into consideration, we are often able to help all parties involved understand the impacts. The result is typically that knowledge of the approximate reduction in natural light harnessed is far less than originally anticipated, allowing for a far less tense approval process.
3. Photography: In the 20th century, designers began to use photography to complete sun studies. This involved taking photographs of the sun’s path at different times of the day and year, and analyzing the results to determine the best placement for windows, skylights, and shading devices. Photography allowed designers to make accurate observations of the sun’s path and understand its effect on their designs, and was an important tool in the design process.
4. Computer Programs: With the advent of computer technology in the latter half of the 20th century, designers gained access to sophisticated computer programs that made completing sun studies much easier. Today, designers use a variety of software programs, such as Radiance, Ecotect, and SketchUp, to complete sun studies and understand the sun’s effect on their designs. These programs allow designers to complete sun studies quickly and accurately, and to analyze the results in a matter of minutes. Computer programs also allow designers to make virtual observations of the sun’s path, and to see how their designs would be affected by the sun’s path at different times of the day and year.