A Solar shading assessment evaluates the impact of the sun path into a building and its surroundings, which is also known as a Solar Site Assessment.
A solar shading assessment can be used to inform design decisions related to window shading in summer, solar access in winter or optimize integrated renewable energy technologies such as photovoltaic panels or solar hot water heating.
It can also be used to assess complex passive strategies such as solar chimneys or double facades. A solar shading assessment is a fundamental part of an Integrated Design Approach to incorporate Bioclimatic Passive Design into a project.
Normally to undertake this assessment, information should be available regarding the site location and the surroundings.
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