Kalwall: Leading-Edge Daylight Modeling Simulation Unveiled in New Website
DaylightModeling.com is an informative new website demonstrating a revolutionary daylight engineering service unveiled at GREENBUILD in San Francisco, California. Sample 3-D renderings, videos and example Daylighting Reports are available, along with a wealth of information about services and technologies that now allow architects and building designers to demonstrate the impact of their daylighting designs while having the option of easily demonstrating “what-if” alternatives to their clients.
“Sustainable design calls for daylighting strategies complying with recognized performance standards. But post-construction is not the time to discover glare, overly bright areas, dark spaces, or poorly balanced light levels,” said Kalwall’s Amy Keller.
Architects and Designers with a need to check their designs for compliance to: Net Zero, LEED®, ASHRAE 90.1, Standard 189.1 and IgCC will find this service most helpful. Kalwall Corporation has developed a unique service to help design/build professionals validate effective daylight plans when utilizing Kalwall translucent building systems. Just as traditional 3-D computer modeling shows a finished design’s appearance, site-specific daylight simulation demonstrates the impact of size, type, and placement of skylights, windows, or translucent wall systems. Computer-generated charts and light-level schematics simulate the effects of various daylighting alternatives, enabling designers to analyze how light will behave before plans are finalized.
Beyond the building itself, well-planned daylighting considers a number of issues. How will the structure be positioned relative to the topography or the points of the compass? What is the effect of local climate and the sun’s path? Might any proximate structures create an urban canyon at certain times? Are there mountains or trees nearby, or reflections off the surfaces of buildings or bodies of water? A daylighting design that is effective in one location simply may not be in another. How much daylight is needed? What about harsh glare and shadows? Too often, bright sunlight blinds occupants, overheats the space, or overworks the HVAC system. Using daylight simulation, can demonstrate potential problems while alternate design solutions are studied and compared to reveal better ways to daylight the space.
Balanced daylighting is essential. Kalwall Corporation has the translucent building systems (skylights, walls and window replacements) that also provide unmatched thermal performance, backed by the experience and expertise to help realize your daylighting goals.
Kalwall Corporation is recognized as the industry leader in high-tech translucent building systems. Company founder, Robert Keller, Sr., invented the translucent sandwich panel in 1955 and Kalwall has continually evolved state-of-the-art daylighting technology. Kalwall’s eight systems include: Translucent Wall Systems, Unitized Curtainwall Systems, Window Replacement Systems, Standard-Unit Skylights, Pre-Engineered Self-Supporting Skylights, Custom Skyroofs®, Walkways and Canopies, Custom ClearspanTM Skyroofs and Structures.
About Kalwall Corporation
Kalwall® is the world leader in advanced technology daylighting. High-performance translucent fenestration systems with energy-efficient advancements, including R-20 (0.5 U-value) with Nanogel® and other options, which surpass all other technologies. Either as part or all of the walls or roof of any building – or even as an entire, freestanding structure – Kalwall provides a more predictable, better quality, usable natural light with superior energy efficiency. An exclusive Daylight Modeling service allows you to consider the specific impact of daylighting as you explore the impact of design variations and options to achieve the desired lighting levels. No other service allows you to accurately judge the results of your design in a highly accurate and informative simulation.
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