The EN 17037 standard (in UK: BS EN 17037:2018 Daylight in buildings) proposes to use the daylight factor to assess the natural light supply in a space. This extension is designed to follow the recommendations of the standard:
As this computation is based on the same process as classic DF calculation, we recommend that you get familiar with DF: Daylight Factor calculation.
Open SketchUp model. Follow recommendations to prepare your model for DL-Light calculations.
Open DaylightFactor dialog from toolbar or menu option Extensions -> De Luminae -> Daylight Factor (EN 17037) -> Activate extension and enter the parameters of the calculation.
Project name - Project name is used during export and for output filename generation. The SketchUp model name is used by default.
Results - Directory where
model will be exported for calculation.
When calculation is started model geometry and resulting files will be saved in daylightfactor_17037_output subdirectory.
For SketchUp projects stored on network disk (Windows), see Work on a copy of the model.
Mode - Calculation mode selection:
Horizontal source - Selection of surfaces whose illumination is mainly due to a horizontal light source. The "Surfaces" button opens a window displaying the list of horizontally lit surfaces. Click on a surface of the model to add it to the list, click on the red cross to remove it.
Only the surfaces of this list have the horizontal lighting criterion. The surfaces selected for the calculation and not listed in this group are considered as lit by a vertical light source (general case).
Details - The default selection is the EN 17037 grid required by the standard:
DL-Light allows to choose:
See sensors selection for more information on the choices of proposed sensors.
Ground albedo - Reflection factor of the ground. Value can be selected from drop-down list or defined custom value in next dialog.
Illuminance - Selection of daylight factor thresholds according to the location of the project. The EN 17037 standard provides a list of locations (European capitals) and the corresponding median diffuse illuminance values. This list is used to determine the daylight factor threshold corresponding to the lux criteria depending on the location.
Location - Building location coordinates. Location can be based on SketchUp model location, current Weather file location or be Custom. Below is dialog for Custom location definition.
A weather file can be selected to facilitate the model
location and détermination of time zone. See page Weather
Important : For this calculation, the weather file is only used for location and time zone selection.
Time zone - Display of the time zone used for the calculations.
If a weather file is used, the time zone is defined by this
file. Otherwise, a selection list allows you to choose the
Nota: when a model is located in SketchUp, SketchUp proposes a time zone based on the longitude of the place. This value is sometimes wrong, especially for European or Asian countries.
Define materials characheristics.
Since calculation is done with validated Radiance tools it is necessary to 'attach' physically based material to each layer in SketchUp. Note that materials should be defined with their solar reflectance and transmittance.
The tab to choose materials:
Materials panel consists of two main parts:
To attach a material, select in the table layer(s) and either
double-click on the chosen material in the tree or select the
material in the tree and press Attach/Detach button.
To detach from the layer(s), select it and click Attach/Detach button.
To revert all layers to previous state press Revert button.
The palette of false colors uses the thresholds of the standard. It is possible to change the different colors.
After all data are entered in DF dialog, select one or few surfaces and press Render or button.
As the glazing is kept for this calculation, it may be practical to use the DL-Light select by layer dialog to select the areas to be calculated.
Calculation time depends on number of selected surfaces, level of sensors details and model complexity.
When results are imported, selected surface will have appropriate false colors and Palette is opened.
Surfaces illuminated primarily by a horizontal light source receive this watermark:
The Report dialog displays the distribution of results over current palette, and calculation input parameters.
Presentation of the report for the modes synthesis, target and minimum target:
Presentation of the report for DF levels mode:
Show/Hide Sensors and Values explores results directly in the model for each sensor.
For further calculations in the same model:
Since version 8.0, DL-Light uses a calculation cache algorithm. It automatically detects if a surface requires recalculation or if a previous result can be reused. By default, the cache keeps the information of the last 10 calculations (value configurable in the preferences).
DL-Light allows to archive all the results of a calculation: reports, textures and calculation steps (exported Radiance model, weather file, ...). This archive can be reloaded on the model, subject to using exactly the same model as during the calculation.
See the page Archiving results for more informations about this feature.
See the page Comparison of results for more informations about comparison of archives.
Current SketchUp model view with imported results can be exported
or without palette
png format. To explore created images user can open folder where they
This option is not supported in trial version of the extension (see license information).