Validation of skylight performance assessment software

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Journal titleASHRAE Transactions
IssuePt. 2
Pages113; # of pages: 13
Subjectskylight, skyvision, daylighting, glazing, fenestration, window; Skylights
AbstractThis paper presents a comparison study between the simulations of SkyVision and measurements made in a scale model. SkyVision is a computer tool to calculate the overall optical characteristics, indoor daylight availability and energy saving potential of projecting and tubular skylights. The measurements included the overall visible transmittance and indoor daylight illuminance of the skylight. A rectangular wooden box was used as a scale model of a simple commercial building. The top surface of the box was fitted with a curbed opening to accommodate the skylights to be tested. Seven skylight shapes were tested: two circular dome models, one with clear and one with white acrylic glazing; two rectangular bubble dome models, one with clear and one with white acrylic glazing; a clear acrylic hexagonal pyramid model; a clear polycarbonate barrel vault model; and a tubular skylight model. The measurements were conducted for a whole day period, thereby covering different sky conditions: overcast, partly cloudy and clear sunny skies. SkyVision's simulations for the skylight transmittance compared reasonably well with the actual measurements, except for the hexagonal pyramidal skylight. The hexagonal pyramid surface exhibited some lens effects around the surface vertices, which were not possible to model in SkyVision. As for the skylight indoor illuminance comparison, the SkyVision's simulations were in good agreement with the actual measurements for all occurrences of sky conditions.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
NoteAlso presented at the ASHRAE Summer Meeting, June 24-28, 2006, Quebec City
Peer reviewedYes
NRC number46425
NPARC number20378081
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