Results Viewer - Continuous Daylight Autonomy

Continuous Daylight Autonomy

Zach Rogers proposed Continuous Daylight Autonomy (cDA) in 2006 as a basic modification of Daylight Autonomy. Continuous Daylight Autonomy awards partial credit in a linear fashion to values below the user defined threshold. If 300 lux were specified as the DA threshold (DA300) and a specific point exceeded 300 lux 50% of the time on an annual basis, then the cDA300 might result in a value of approximate 55-60% or more. For example, say a certain interior grid point has 150 lux due to daylight at a given time step, DA300 would give it 0 credit for that time step whereas cDA300 would give it 150/300=0.5 credit for that time step. The percent values represent the percentage of the floor area that exceeds 300 lux for at least 50% of the time giving partial credit for time steps below 300 lux.

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In Short

Umi is a Rhino-based design environment for architects and urban planners interested in modeling the environmental performance of neighborhoods and cities with respect to operational and embodied energy use, walkability and daylighting potential. Since 2012, Umi has been  developed by the Sustainable Design Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with support from a National Science Foundation EFRI_SEED project, the MIT Energy Initiative, the Kuwait-MIT Center, the Center for Complex Engineering Systems (CCES) at KACST and MIT, Transsolar Climate Engineering and United Technologies Corporation. Further tool developed is now also being conducted at the Environmental Systems Lab at Cornell University.

A first public version of Umi was released during a public symposium on Sustainable Urban Design on May 6th 2013 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Version 2.0, which also includes an embodied energy module, was released on November 7th 2014.

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