October 21 2022

Solar Analysis Introduction

Lecture at NUST Faculty of Architecture, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Clara Bondi and Matthias Rammig introduce the basic knowledge for Solar Analysis. Due to technical issues it was not possible to record the lecture, as a result we can only share a slideshow re-dubbed by Matthias Rammig and Clara Bondi.
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Solar analysis introduction | Electromagnetic radiation + visible light | Visual Perception | Human Perception | Visual Comfort? | Sun and thermal comfort | Sun analysis | Where is the Sun? | Sunpath | Azimuthal coordinates | Andrew Marsh - platform for building performance analysis (and way more) | Solar radiation | Irradiation & Albedo | Sky distribution | Irradiation & Air mass effect | Variance in Solar Radiation due to Location |
Annual solar radiation (Stuttgart-Bulawayo) | horizontal surface | North facing surface | South facing surface | East facing surface | West facing surface
Daily solar radiation Horizontal surface | Annual Variance in Solar Radiation | Sun path: why it is so important | Analysis Tools | View from sun | Fixed Shading Element Analysis | Shading Element Analysis | View from Sun | Sun Hours | Solar Radiation What? Why? How? | Solar Radiation Annual | Thermal Simulation What? Why? How? | Thermal simulation | Shading Strategies | Shading Examples

The lecture is part of the collaboration of the Transsolar World Academy and NUST Faculty of Architecture in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and was held on October 21, 2022. The Transsolar World Academy contribution complements the university's Sustainable Building course.

This will greatly contribute to the diversification of the research areas that the department is currently involved in. It will give a sixth sense to the future focused architecture students to be able to identify challenges and opportunities, thereby responding to the needs of people and environment. This partnership will enhance the environmental design module. The students will continue to develop locally driven, climate-responsive architectural solutions and leadership qualities in solving the climate crisis using the built environment.

Initiator: Innocent Mhandu

Innocent is currently a Consultant - Climate and Susainabilty with a Singapore based company GreenA Consultants Pte Ltd. Based in Africa he works on the company projects around Africa. He is both, a NUST alumni and Transsolar Academy alumni in 2017. He started the collaboration between Transsolar World Academy and The Departrment of Architecture at NUST.