by Matthew Stewart
Lumber processing, building construction, and building deconstruction leave behind cut off and trimmed pieces that are normally discarded because of their unusable shapes and dimensions. This new design system takes those cast off pieces and uses them to make precisely oriented sun shades – brise-soleils – for every possible facade orientation. This new sustainable business model reduces the costs associated with building air conditioning by more than 20% and preserves the embodied energy of the wood. As part of the new business model, Matthew Stewart has written a new computer program that can analyze the shape and orientation of today’s most organic and fluidly-shaped buildings and quickly calculate the optimal brise-soleil angles for every facade and roof orientation.