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DIVA DAY 2016

Various LEARNING HOURS

29 September - 02 October 2016
Provider: University of Toronto

Introduction to Daylighting and Daylight Simulations
Level: No skills required
Lead:  Christoph Reinhart (Solemma, MIT)
Time: 9:00 to 10:30 AM

This course is specifically geared towards helping designers and sustainability consultants to learn the basic theory underlying daylighting and daylight simulations and how to integrate such simulations within their practice. This class provides the basics for the daylight concepts and metrics that will be further explored in the different DIVA classes later in the day. Specific topics that will be covered during the morning session are:

  • Daylight availability, visual comfort, energy: A framework for evaluation the Daylighting Performance of a Design Proposal
  • 100 years of daylight simulations: A review of past and current simulation techniques
  • Daylighting rules of thumb 


DIVA 101 - Daylight Simulation in DIVA-Rhino
Level: Beginner

Lead: Alstan Jakubiec (Solemma, Singapore University of Technology and Design)
Time: 10:45 AM to 5:00 PM
Format: Lectures and simulation exercises

Knowledge required: Basic familiarity with the Rhinoceros 3D software

This course is specifically geared towards helping designers, sustainability consultants and students to learn how to integrate daylight simulations within their work. This is a hands-on class in which participants will learn how to conduct a series of simulation exercises on their Windows laptops using the DIVA-for-Rhino plug-in interface to Radiance and Daysim. The exercises and concepts explored include:

  • Point in time visualizations and glare analysis in Radiance
  • Daylight Factor and point-in-time illuminance distributions for LEED 2009 compliance
  • Irradiation mapping and analysis
  • Climate-based annual daylight calculations with dynamic shading and electric lighting controls
  • Spatial Daylight Autonomy (sDA) and Annual Solar Exposure (ASE) calculations for LEED v4 compliance


DIVA 201 Advanced Parametric Simulations in DIVA-Grasshopper
Instructors: Jon Sargent (Solemma) and Timur Dogan (Solemma, Cornell)

Time: 10:45 AM to 5:00 PM
Format: Lectures and simulation exercises

Knowledge required: Basic daylight and energy simulation skills; basic Grasshopper knowledge

This course covers advanced concepts in parametric daylighting and energy analysis using the Grasshopper visual scripting language. The new DIVA 4.0 daylighting components and Archsim in Grasshopper will be used in order to:

  • Construct and manipulate multi-zone energy models
  • Control shading and lighting schedules using Radiance-based methods
  • Parametrize model geometry, materials, and building controls
  • Couple performance analysis using Radiance-based lighting controls and multi-zone energy models
  • Launch parametric analyses and harvest simulation results

The class involves demos and live exercises on participants' laptops, so come equipped with an installation of Rhinoceros 3D and Grasshopper, and be ready to (visually) script!


DIVA 201 Introduction to HDR Photography
Lead: Alstan Jakubiec (Solemma, Singapore University of Technology and Design)

Time: 9:00 AM to 1PM
Format: Lecture and hands-on exercises

In this course, participants will calibrate their own cameras to capture high dynamic range (HDR) photographs, a contemporary method of measuring luminance levels with standard photographic equipment. The resulting HDR images are useful for recording lighting qualities and levels in real spaces and performing visual comfort analysis. The course will cover methods of capturing HDR images, validation and accuracy, visualization, and glare analysis through hands-on examples. After an introductory lesson, participants will have the opportunity to record lighting values around the course venue in Toronto.

Note: Participants need to bring their own camera with a manual function for this workshop. A tripod is recommended, although the instructors will provide a number of tripods for the course. A Windows-based installation and permanent license of the Photosphere HDR software i

To register vist diva4rhino.com