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ERIC Number: ED018929
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1957
Pages: 4
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Reference Count: 0
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PREDETERMINATION OF NATURAL ILLUMINATION BY THE MODEL TESTING METHOD.
PENA, WILLIAM A.
NEW EDUCATIONAL SPECIFICATIONS HAVE CAUSED ARCHITECTS TO USE NEW FORMS WITH THEIR RESULTING NATURAL LIGHTING PROBLEMS. THE PROBLEM CAN BE ENGINEERED WITH THE USE OF MODELS. PREDICTION OF LIGHTING PERFORMANCE IN A BUILDING CAN BE MADE EARLY IN PLANNING. THIS METHOD PROVIDES FOR THE TESTING OF A VARIETY OF TRIAL SCHEMES ECONOMICALLY AND RAPIDLY. MODEL TESTING IS THE ONLY METHOD WHICH ALLOWS COMPARISON OF ARCHITECTURAL FORMS BY VARYING SKY AND LANDSCAPING CONDITIONS. THIS METHOD ASSURES GOOD SEEING ENVIRONMENT IN NEW FACILITIES AVOIDING COSTLY MISTAKES. ACCURATE RESULTS ARE A PRODUCT OF HIGHLY DETAILED MODELS. LANDSCAPING MUST BE CONSIDERED AND IS AN INSEPARABLE PART OF THE DESIGN PROCESS IF ACCURATE NATURAL LIGHTING PREDICTIONS ARE TO BE MADE. USING THIS TECHNIQUE THE EFFECTS OF DESIGN ALTERNATIVES IN THE LANDSCAPE CAN BE EVALUATED IN THE SAME MANNER AS THOSE IN THE BUILDING ITSELF. THE TEXAS ENGINEERING EXPERIMENT STATION MAKES ITS MODEL TESTING FACILITIES AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC IN THE FORM OF A TESTING SERVICE SERVICE. THROUGH SUBMISSION OF PRELIMINARY PLANS, TESTS CAN BE MADE AT REASONABLE COST. INCLUDED IN THIS REPORT IS A DETAILED EXAMPLE OF THE TEST MODEL PROCEDURE USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE DESIGN OF A SCHOOL FOR GEORGETOWN, TEXAS IN 1951. AFTER THE ACTUAL BUILDING WAS COMPLETED IT WAS THEN TESTED IN THE SAME MANNER AS THE MODEL. THE COMPARATICE FIGURES SHOW THAT THE MODEL PREDICTIONS WERE REASONABLY ACCURATE. (RK)
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Authoring Institution: Caudill, Rowlett, Scott and Associates, Bryan, TX.
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