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We conducted a daylighting and glare study for Bora Architects within their Portland business office space. The project was to examine the quality of daylight, consider the effectiveness of borrowed light, and strive to discover what LEED-compliant daylight autonomy really looks like. In addition we were tasked with running computer simulations to measure excess glare and look for ways to combat its effect. We were able to explore the effects of glare with in Bora’s workspace as it currently exists and look for interventions to improve perceived lighting level contrasts. The control of glare and daylighting can be an effective internal strategy to maximize visual comfort and reduce energy use. Our goals for investigating the current daylight conditions within Bora’s office spaces included using a variety of tools to measure light and glare, including Diva (for Rhino), Sefaira (for SketchUp), IpiX(for Iphone) and a light meter. We conducted various “rounds” of site observations and measurements within two key areas of Bora’s office space, including a conference room, as well as, an individuals typical work space.
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