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"Seeing the Light - The Sun and the Built Environment" with Ryan Danks, RWDI•HABITAT

Thu, Nov 20/14 – 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Room 103, 230 College Street

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.


Each B.E.S.T. lecture qualifies for 2 hours of Ontario Association of Architects Structured Learning Credits. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. If the lecture hall reaches capacity, an overflow space will be provided where the presentations are simulcast. Lectures are followed by an informal reception with complimentary refreshments and snacks.