Project in collaboration with Plus Group PLLC.

The NY Engineering firm hired us to help design frit patterns for east & west facing glass facades. Their goal was to eliminate glare in the reading areas of the building.

First, we wanted to find glare hot spots - areas of the facade where substantial blinding sunlight penetrates the building. We constructed an analytical model of the space and ran day lighting studies to monitor sun vectors. In a 3D modeling engine, we extracted vectors in the directions of the relative sun locations from the reading areas, creating intersection points between the sun vectors and the glass facades.

Second, we needed to investigate the amount of light to be blocked in order to eliminate glare while maintaining sufficient lighting levels. Using radiance, we measured the lighting levels and calculated the glare contrast ratio of different fritting scenarios.

We presented the client with a variety of viable options from which to choose.

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