I am using aBSDF type materials on Rhino and HB-Radiance to simulate the effects of the CFS on indoor light environments.
Now, I have two problems:
I noticed that an enhanced 2-phase method used to calculate the annual daylight in HB-Radiance. The recipe is described as " This recipe uses an enhanced 2-phase method for daylight simulation which accurately models direct sun by tracing rays from each sensor to the solar position at each hour of the calculation."
The enhanced 2-phase method can be used to simulate the model applied aBSDF type materials? I would like to know more about the enhanced 2-phase method and is there any reference or information about it?
I can’t comment on the first part of your question. As to the second part, the imageless glare method is assumes that all glare sources are viewed directly, so it wouldn’t be appropriate to use it with light-redirecting surfaces. Thus there is no support for aBSDF materials.
Sorry for the delayed response, I attempted to reply by email but the post never went through, which I just now noticed. A first clarification: There is a distinction between the simulation method (how light is accounted for between source and sensor) and whether the simulation results in illuminance sensor values or view specified images. I believe what honeybee is describing is a sensor-based simulation.
If discomfort glare is one of the effects you are looking at, which I am guessing you are since you mentioned the imageless method, I would also take a look at this paper (A Critical Comparison of Annual Glare Simulation Methods), where we compared a range of approaches to calculate DGP under a wide range of conditions (not an aBSDF specifically, but I would expect similar results to the trans and rollershade materials).