daylighting / daylight modeling
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(pronounced DAY-lyte MAH-dehl-ing)

Daylighting is the accepted term to refer to the art and science of controlling natural light within spaces as to minimize energy use and maximize occupant performance and well-being. As you might imagine, trying to site and design a building and its interiors in order to take maximum advantage of the sun’s daily-shifting orbit is a challenge, and that’s where daylight modeling comes in. A variety of computer software applications exist to help designers predict the sun’s trajectory – taking into account latitude, orientation, and topography – and thereby plan for peak performance depending on the building’s specific use.