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Volumetric Implications and a Rule-of-Thumb for Thickness of Atria Buildings
Proceedings of the 17th National Passive Solar Conference, American Solar Energy Society, June 15-18 (1992)
  • Mark DeKay, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Abstract
Most tools available to designers are intended to provide information about the levels and distribution of light within a single room. Very few studies have addressed the impact of daylighting on the building as a whole, in terms of either quantifying basic massing decisions or the implications for other important efficiency and economic decisions, such as gross to net planning ratios, floor area ratios, or the fraction of floor area daylit. This study establishes a rule-of-thumb for building dimension from outside wall to atrium and shows the relative impact of atria sizing on massing, floor plan efficiency, structural spans, and percentage of rentable area day lit (%RAD), for variations in latitude and building height. During schematic design the rule-of-thumb may be used to size the dimensions of building wings adjacent to atria. The plan implications, presented graphically, can be used to assess schematic daylighting, economic, and structural implications of building height and thickness.
Publication Date
June, 1992
Citation Information
Mark DeKay. "Volumetric Implications and a Rule-of-Thumb for Thickness of Atria Buildings" Proceedings of the 17th National Passive Solar Conference, American Solar Energy Society, June 15-18 (1992)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/mark_dekay/19/