Modeling Frit Patterns

A New Approach to Modeling Frit Patterns for Daylight
Simulation

Mostapha Sadeghipour Roudsari and Anne Waelkens
Thornton Tomasetti | CORE studio
51 Madison Avenue
New York, NY, USA 10010
{MRoudsari, AWaelkens}@ThorntonTomasetti.com

With recent progress in the development of affordable and faster digital design techniques and production methods, as well as the rising demand for buildings with better thermal and visual comfort, the use of frit patterns is becoming more common. There is a great diversity of fritted materials, but there are limited highly technical solutions for evaluating the effects of using these materials.

This paper by Mostapha Sadeghipour Roudsari and Anne Waelkens introduces a custom workflow for modeling frit patterns for daylight simulation on buildings, which streamlines quantitative and qualitative daylight analysis by using parametric modeling tools such as Grasshopper3D, in association with validated lighting rendering engine Radiance.

The presented method was applied to a real- world project with custom ETFE facade elements and complex geometries to explain the capabilities of the workflow.

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