Advanced parametric louver systems with bi-axis and two-layer designs for an extensive daylighting coverage in a deep-plan office room

Ahmad Eltaweel, Yuehong Su, Qinghua Lv, Hui Lv

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

20 Citations (SciVal)


Advanced daylighting systems have become commonly used in modern architecture for a more sustainable environment. The mainstream of recent daylighting studies focuses not only on the quantity but also the quality of daylight delivered to an interior space. The more uniform daylight is distributed in the required illuminance range, the more light stability is achieved, and the longer time is illuminated by daylight, the more electrical lighting energy can be potentially saved. This study proposes an advanced daylighting design based on a parametrically controlled louver with reflective slats to redirect sunlight onto a ceiling, which can then serve as a source of diffuse light to illuminate a room. The design aims to achieve steadier and more uniform daylight distribution during the working hours in a deep-plan office room. The angle of each slat of the louver is parametrically controlled to target a corresponding area on the ceiling. In order to achieve a steadier daylighting, a bi-axis design and a two-layer design with a shifted target are evaluated and compared with a one-axis design. A daylighting analysis of the proposed design is exemplified for a south-oriented 8 m deep office room in a hot arid territory. The daylight analysis was performed using Grasshopper software as a parametric tool to link with Radiance and DAYSIM daylighting analysis. The proposed design shows promising merit that it can provide a relatively steady and distributed daylight coverage for more than 90% of the floor area within the recommended acceptable range 300–500 lx during the working hours.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)596-613
Number of pages18
JournalSolar Energy
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Thanks to the Egyptian Government for their financial support for a full scholarship, and thanks to Helwan University in Egypt for their help and support in the nomination for this scholarship.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 International Solar Energy Society

Copyright 2020 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


  • Bi-axis & two-layer
  • Deep-plan office
  • Grasshopper
  • One-axis
  • Parametric louver
  • Percentage daylight coverage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Materials Science(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'Advanced parametric louver systems with bi-axis and two-layer designs for an extensive daylighting coverage in a deep-plan office room'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this