Heliodon Demonstration Models
Parts of base model.
Adjustable overhang and fins.
Monitor, fixed overhang, and fins.
Importance of street direction.
Example of shelf shading.
Street direction for townhouses.
Puddle of sunlight size and location
7 - 7
While many believe that physical modeling is not needed for solar responsive design, physical models are still used in Architecture to study the form of a building design. This situation is partly due to the false belief that solar responsive design is simple and does not require understanding the problem in 3 dimensions. Although, there are many clever ways to represent 3 dimensions in 2 dimensional formats (e.g. computer monitors), a physical model is always the best way to understand complex 3 dimensional problems. After all, working in 2 dimensions is a recent development in the history of humankind. Because we evolved to understand physical reality in 3 dimensions, we will always find physical models the easiest and best way to visualize a complex 3 dimensional problem.
Click on the image on the right for a manual that explains how to make and use models for the heliodon.
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