I Can See the Light: Climate Based Daylight Modelling to Improve the Public Realm

Through the centuries the use of light has been fundamental in the design of cities and buildings. Filtering daylight into buildings, alleys and courtyards providing pleasant spaces as well as ensuring safety and maximising the functional use of public and private space.  In the built up urban fabric, with hard solid surfaces of buildings and infrastructure, increased lighting means increased heat gain within the space, resulting in the overheating of buildings, as well as the increase of the urban heat island effect.

The 6th International Urban Design Conference welcomes Mr Stewart  Mann of Sinclair Knight Merz who will be delivering this co-authored paper at the upcoming conference 9th-11th September at Novotel Sydney Olympic Park.

Mr Mann will investigate the application of a Climate Based Daylight Modelling (CBDM) process that instead of using Standardised Sky factors applying the Climate Data based model for daylighting within internal and external buildings, and urban spaces. This technique is used to highlight and maximising daylight within the design of the public realm spaces in an urban environment, considering the integrated connection of internal and external spaces within buildings and the outdoor environment.

This use of actual climate data means that as cities are transformed from a carbon intensive to low or even positive carbon environments, CBDM can be used to show where energy generation can be optimised on buildings through to where it might be possible to install urban food production, and where public realm gathering spaces can be located. Using selected spaces in Melbourne as a case study, this paper will show through the use of these techniques how internal and external spaces can be transformed to help develop a low carbon city and a more productive, pleasant and functional urban environment.

Stewart Mann is currently a seasoned senior building services design manager at Sinclair Knight Merz in Australia with industry expertise covering a wide range of construction sectors including health, universities, advanced manufacturing, media and residential facilities. During his time in the UK, Stewart has been the engineering design manager on a number of projects. He has held active leadership, design, design management and research roles in a number of projects as both a building services designer and as the Research Lead in the Environmentally Sustainable Design Research Facility of De Montford University, Leicester.

Co-author Phillip Roös is the Global Practice Leader for Sustainable Design at Sinclair Knight Merz and he is also a sessional academic at Deakin University and is presenting at this event as well on Railway Stations: Public Realm Gateways to Sustainable Futures of our Cities. And Prof John Mardaljevic of Loughborough University who has been at the forefront of applying simulation tools to solve a wide range of novel and traditional lighting problems and pioneered the application of climate datasets for daylight and solar modelling.

If you would like to attend this seminar or any other of our specialist presentations please register to attend by simply clicking here.  Our conference program is available on our website or simply by clicking here and registrations are open now to attend this event.  Don’t miss out!!

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