LDS Architects & Riverfilm
New Zealand House
The aim of this work was to summarize the performance of certain façade systems and glazing/shading build-ups for the refurbishment of the New Zealand House. The performance assessments are carried out with regard to:
• Solar gains (set peak cooling loads)
• Solar gains (different annual cooling loads)
• Frequency of shading use affecting views out, appearance and real life daylight
• Façade (glazing) appearance
Our focus was not only to assess which façade solutions can meet a certain performance, but to also look into the hourly performance that meet the occupants’ expectations. Selecting the right façade system is just the first step we need to take. As a second step, we needed to “tune” the system with the proper glazing types and shading properties to avoid excessive shading use significantly compromising real life performance and occupant satisfaction.