Daniels B.E.S.T. Lecture: Ryan Danks “Seeing the Light – The Sun and the Built Environment”

On November 20, 2014, Ryan Danks presented “Seeing the Light – The Sun and the Built Environment” as part of the Building, Ecology, Science and Technology (B.E.S.T.) lecture series at the the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design.

As architects increasingly leverage the sun to light, heat and power their designs, understanding the interactions between the sun and the built environment is critical. Increased shadowing from neighbouring buildings can render daylighting or solar energy harvesting systems useless. Uncontrolled reflections from the building envelope can cause glare, reducing a motorist’s ability to see; and multiple converging reflections have even been known to cause property damage and personal injury.

This lecture presents a series of case studies demonstrating the diverse ways the sun interacts with the built environment, and how modern simulation techniques allow designers to understand these interactions in order to create buildings that take full advantage of the sun without adversely impacting their neighbours.

Ryan Danks is a senior engineer with RWDI•Habitat who is focused on the research and development of tools and methodologies to better simulate the interaction between the built and natural environments. His work has helped architects and urban planners create climate aware designs that emphasize energy efficiency, outdoor comfort and walkability in urban settings across five continents.

This lecture series is proudly sponsored by Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance.

For more information about the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto, visit us at www.daniels.utoronto.ca.

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