Ph.D thesis by Juliëtte van Duijnhoven, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (NL)
Lighting controls in offices are still mainly focused on energy savings. However, focusing on a potential productivity increase of office workers would lead to much higher savings in company costs. A less alert office worker performs a task worse compared to a more alert office worker. This project aimed at developing input (personal lighting conditions, predictors of personal lighting conditions, and its relation with subjective alertness) for intelligent systems to optimize […]
Ph.D. thesis by Clotilde Pierson, Université Catholique de Louvain (BE)
“Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.”[Le Corbusier]
Exposure to light, and especially to daylight, has much to offer. Regarding buildings’ occupants, daylight has been shown to boost performance, improve sleep, provide a connection to the outside, increase comfort, lessen agitation, and reduce depression. Regarding buildings, daylight enhances the aesthetics of a space and […]
Ph.D. thesis by Priji Balakrishnan, Singapore University of Technology and Design
The distinctiveness of natural light in a built environment is a confluence of its physical feature––buildings, trees, and the ground––with its region-specific daylight source––the sun and the sky. The colours and patterns we see around us at different scales of cities, neighbourhoods or streets is the result of these complex interactions between the physical features and characteristics of its daylight. The current daylighting modelling workflows do not account for […]
Ph.D. thesis by Kynthia Chamilothori, Laboratory of Integrated Performance in Design (LIPID), École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
The profound impact of daylight on occupants is broadly recognized in the fields of architecture and lighting. In particular, the façade and its interplay with light is a central design element, while the diversity of daylight in space is widely acknowledged as a source of interest and stimulation that enriches our spatial experience. However, little is known about how the façade geometry and […]
by Mariann Elliassen, VELUX Group
The International VELUX Award for students of architecture has opened for registrations for the 2020 award. From the 1st of September 2019 to the 1st of April 2020, students and their teachers can sign up for the biggest global competition of its kind.
This year marks the 9th edition of the competition, which has been
running every second year since 2004. With this competition, The VELUX Group
challenges the students to explore the role of daylight in architecture and
inspire new […]
by Eleonora Brembilla, Loughborough University
Eleonora Brembilla, research associate at Loughborough University, outlines current studies into improving solar data in CIBSE climate files in the latest issue of “Light Lines” by The Society of Light and Lighting.
Read the full article on page 9.
Ph.D. thesis by Christel de Bakker, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands
Office buildings no longer just
serve to provide occupants shelter to the outside world; they are transforming
into autonomous objects because of automation and information technology. Smart
luminaires, for example, are equipped with several sensors that collect data
that can be used to optimize the building operation. Simultaneously, the occupation of these buildings is
changing because of flexible working styles, causing large differences in
individual occupancy patterns. The high-density network of occupancy sensors as
provided by […]
by VELUX Group
We are happy to invite daylight research PhD students to the 5th VELUX Daylight Academic Forum taking place on 8th October 2019 in Paris!
What is the VELUX
Daylight Academic Forum?
VELUX Daylight Academic Forum is a one-day event addressed to PhD students working with daylight research. It is held together with an invited panel of leading scientific experts and provides PhD students with an opportunity to present their study to experienced researchers and fellow students, discuss it […]