Global Winners Announced!

The International VELUX Award is a biennial competition for students of architecture. We challenge students from all over the world to work with daylight as an ever relevant source of light, life and joy.

Automated Blind Study

Regional Winner Western The Americas - Daylight Investigations

The project studies the impact of manual and automated blinds for solar shading and glare control on the performance of daylighting and energy consumption in buildings. Manual and automated blind controls are not typically included in energy modelling, nor considered in daylight modelling. The study compares the performance of passive and manual use of blinds with an automated blind-control algorithm in a high-rise office building.  The jury was impressed by the work and the very serious and technical investigations made. The project deals with issues of daylighting that are often given low priority by architects − work on shading and how to avoid glare problems and overheating with dynamic solutions that follow the variability of light from the sun and sky. The project stands out and the series of calculations and visualisations are presented in a very compelling way.

Students: Amir Nezamdoost, Alen Mahic, Malak Modaresnezhad
Teacher: Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg
School: University of Idaho