The purpose of this study was to investigate high-performance facade design and daylight availability for a building located in a mild humid climate. The objectives were to analyze shading strategies, solar exposure and daylight levels, as well as properties for high-performance building envelope design. Initially, climatic conditions were reviewed in order to determine boundary conditions when shading is needed in relation to the outside air temperature. Then, the site context was analyzed and relative building orientation to determine the optimum shading strategies. Incident solar radiation was modeled and simulated for specific facades, and compared to available global solar radiation, where the performance of shading elements was investigated. Daylight levels and glare conditions were also simulated and analyzed in order to determine the effects of shading elements on the availability of natural light.
Aksamija, A., (2009). "George Mason University Addition and Renovation Science and Technology: Building Envelope Studies and Daylighting", In Tech Lab Annual Report 2009, Perkins+Will, http://www.perkinswill.com/research/tech-lab-annual-report-2009.html