Notes on the Development of a Parametric Design Process for a Brise Soleil System

Authors: Rodrigo Velasco, Aaron Brakke, Fabián Tocancipá.

ABSTRACT: The process of adopting digital simulation and design tools into an existing precedural framework is tedious in that it requires a significant investment by the users. Software manufactures aim to create interfaces that can easily be understood and put into practice. That being said, other factors, such as the lack of clilmatic data, deter the quick absorption into professional practice. In a country such as Colombia, which is in a zone near the equator and is characterized by drastic differences in tipography, the preprogrammed climatic data is insufficent. Even when figures are provided or manually configured, parallel simulations between various software packages reveal significant discrepancies in terms of estimated performance. Wary of this, yet optimistic of the potential of parametric modeling, the authors have developed and implemented a methodological procedure which first articulates the design problem, the develops the parametric model and lastly applies this model. Upon reviewing more than a hundred variations, one configuration was selected as the highest performer. A prototype hs been built and is currently being monitored by other researchers with the aim of rectifying the deveergence in computed data by various software packages with real numbers. This paper will explain how the parametric design process was developed and the methodology employed in search of an efficient and effective brise soleil system.