Category Archives: Software updates

LightStanza LEED v4 Scorecard Update

USGBC recently made some clarifications regarding the LEED v4 daylight rating system and alternative strategies for Option 1 credit. Here are the major changes to note:

1. Spaces under 250 ft squared will now be exempt from ASE.

2. You can now achieve credit for spaces with an ASE score between 10 and 20%, and an extra point for spaces below 10%!

You can check out the full rundown here.

LightStanza will be updated to reflect these changes within the week. Happy daylighting!

LightStanza Updates

We will kick off our blog by announcing some new and improved features that we hope you are as excited about as we are!

  1. Glare and False Color View Options

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We improved our view options so you can once again view renderings with false color and glare overlays. Since we ‘white balance’ the renderings we produce in an effort to make sure the images are usable, we recommend using these options to identify where a space is under- or overlit, along with sources of the excessive light.

  1. Custom Bounds on Annual Metrics

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Until now, annual metrics have been limited by the illuminance thresholds set by daylight committees and other certification standards, but we know that everyone has different lighting needs. See how your space performs based on thresholds you set. And we’ll go above and beyond by telling you when your new thresholds don’t match those set forth by the USGBC for LEED.

  1. Downloadable Images and Animations

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Download images, groups of images and animations (.gif files) with just a few clicks to quickly include in reports and presentations.  Easily organize and make sense of your results by choosing options to include details on your downloads, such as date/time, sky type, latitude/longitude, north arrow, etc.

  1. Daylight Factor

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Daylight Factor is the ratio of light at a point inside to the level of light outside on an overcast day. This metric is common in international certification systems like BREEAM. LightStanza streamlines the workflow for running this type of simulation for reliable results that include Illuminance Grid values and a histogram to help you visualize how the space is performing.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need help using these new features or are interested in working with us.