Member Award for Binfield Endowment, School of Architecture, College of Fine and Applied Art, UIUC

TITLE: Developing a dynamic shading system and evaluating its performance through advanced daylight modeling

The research involves investigating the temperature responsiveness of Nitinol coil springs and developing a method to incorporate them into commercially available window blinds through a responsive shading system. This system will allow the blinds to spontaneously rotate open at higher temperatures and return to their initial position when the temperature decreases, with the aim of improving indoor daylight levels for occupant health and wellbeing.