Some recent high-profile skyscraper designs that employ extensive exterior glass paneling have generated solar reflectivity, causing negative outcomes, such as melting plastic car parts and creating hazardous glare to neighboring buildings and nearby traffic. Solar reflectivity can also raise surface temperatures on adjacent properties and kill vegetation. Building energy modeling can be invalidated if light reflected from neighboring buildings is not taken into account.
With Solar Reflectivity Studies we can help the design team:
Image: Strategies for Protecting Against “Death Rays”
NEAPOLI performs detailed engineering analysis via Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to address the angle and intensity of reflected sunlight from a building’s facade. NEAPOLI can predict not only the location of reflected light, but also the intensity of these reflections and the related temperature increase originated by the reflected light.
With this deep understanding of how a design will interact with the sun, the design team can quickly and accurately quantify impacts and assess the need for and effectiveness of mitigation measures.