Interview by Shaun Weston Nystrom
Jens Christoffersen is the lead organizer of the VELUX Daylight Academic Forum and joined the VELUX Group in 2010, where he works in the Daylight, Energy and Indoor Climate group (DEIC), Stakeholder Communications & Sustainability.
What is the VELUX Daylight Academic Forum and what does it offer PhD students?
For the 4th time, the VELUX Daylight Academic Forum will provide an opportunity for PhD students to receive constructive feedback on their daylight research while establishing and strengthening their […]
by Michael Pawlyn
Most people now accept the case for sustainability and many wonder how the debate will move forward over the next few decades. Some commentators have asserted that biomimicry will be one of the main design tools that facilitate the shift from the industrial age to the ecological age of mankind. This rapidly emerging discipline draws on a source of solutions that have benefited from a 3.8 billion year research and development period.
In this talk Michael Pawlyn will describe how […]
By Vellachi Ganesan | Photography by Thekla Ehling
“The most important benefit of daylight in buildings, in my perspective, is the connection of the inside to the outside. We are human beings, we are a part of nature, and we have been, in a very basic way, conditioned by natural light and the natural landscape. Daylight, as well as access to views outside, is an essential part of our health – biologically, psychologically and spiritually.”
Our relationship with light has been an important […]
By Jakob Schoof | Photography by Michael Nicholson
At first glance, the houses that Peter Stutchbury has designed throughout the 35 years of his career remind us of the modernist villas to be found elsewhere in the warm temperate climates of the world, such as in California or along the Mediterranean Coast. With their immaculate detailing and stripped-back construction, they may well seem like typical lifestyle choices of affluent, post-materialist, cultural elites. Yet Stutchbury’s architecture is, to a large extent, informed […]
by VELUX GROUP
Registration is now open for the main international forum for exchanging knowledge, viewpoints and visions on daylight – the 7th VELUX Daylight Symposium at Café Moskau in Berlin on 3-4 May 2017.
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This year, attendees will interact with research, practice and policy under the theme, “Healthy & Climate-Friendly Architecture – from knowledge to practice.” The symposium will focus specifically on the use of daylight –to create buildings that promote human health and wellbeing, and secondly to minimize […]
by VELUX Group
Submit your abstract to the 7th VELUX Daylight Symposium, to be held at Café Moskau in Berlin on 3-4 May 2017 under theme “Healthy & Climate-Friendly Architecture – from knowledge to practice.”
Join the dialogue at the internationally recognized meeting point for daylight research and practice. This year’s symposium invites presentations from researchers and experiences from the engineering and architectural practice as well as policy makers – to focus on the use of daylight to create buildings that promote […]
by Line Røseth Karlsen, Aalborg University, Denmark
The objective of this thesis was to facilitate an integrated building design process applicable to office buildings in Nordic climate with respect to thermal comfort, daylighting and energy use. The thesis is divided into three main parts.
Part I contains a literature review carried out to investigate if the present thermal comfort and daylight design practices constitute any obstacle for conducting an integrated design. Based on findings in the literature it was suggested that modelling of mean radiant temperature (MRT) should be […]
by the VELUX Group
The VELUX Daylight Academic Forum is held in connection with the biennial VELUX Daylight Symposium and provides PhD students with a unique opportunity to discuss their current research projects with a panel of fellow PhD students – supported by a panel of independent researchers – to get critical feedback at an early stage of a research project.
On 2 May 2017, we invite all PhD students working with daylight research to join the 4th VELUX Daylight Academic Forum […]
by the VELUX Group
The Daylight Award honours and supports daylight research and daylight in architecture. The award puts specific emphasis on the interrelation between theory and practice for the benefit of human health, well-being and for the environment.
Daylight has been the primary source of light in buildings and has been a vital part of architecture for centuries. Our bodies need daylight as they need food and water; daylight is a nutrient for our metabolic processes and we know that daylight […]
By Bernt Meerbeek, Philips Lighting Research, The Netherlands
People have a deeply rooted need to experience control. Today we are surrounded by intelligent systems that take decisions and perform actions for us. This can make life easier, but there is a risk that users experience less control and reject the system. The central question in this thesis is whether we can design intelligent systems that have a degree of autonomy, while users maintain a sense of control. We try to achieve this […]
by the VELUX Group
We are happy to announce the 7th VELUX Daylight Symposium, to be held at Café Moskau in Berlin on 3-4 May 2017.
The theme of the symposium will be, “Healthy & Climate-Friendly Architecture – from knowledge to practice”. It will focus specifically on the use of daylight – firstly to create buildings that promote human health and wellbeing, and secondly to minimize the negative impact of man-made structures and activities on climate change. It is crucial that we rethink the […]
by Jens Christoffersen, Anna Karina Hammelev Hansen, Karsten Andersen, Peter Foldbjerg, Thorbjørn Færing Asmussen, VELUX Group
Good indoor climate should be a key component of school modernization projects to achieve significant energy savings, be environmentally responsible, and eventually have an influence on student attendance, impact on learning, and better overall facilities for students to learn and educators to work.
Endrup school is located north of Copenhagen in Denmark and renovated recently. The purpose of the renovation was to improve the indoor air quality […]
by Jakob Schoof | Photography by Torben Eskerod
In the small town of Montfoort, the first ten of millions of Dutch terraced houses have been converted into Active Houses. Their roofs harness the sun’s energy in three ways: to generate power, to supply heat, and as a source of light that significantly enhances the comfortable living conditions in these spacious but very deep houses.
Between 1945 and 1975, 2.5 million houses were built in the Netherlands, about 1.3 million of which were terraced […]
by Milena Slipek
Green Solution House is a conference center and hotel located on the Island of Bornholm in Denmark. The building was created with a special focus on providing environmental-friendly solutions, based on local recyclable materials usage, renewable energy sources utilization and life-cycle considerations. At the same time, Green Solution House aims to provide a healthy indoor environment for the visitors, meaning that they can benefit from the high levels of daylight, temperature ranges and fresh air.
Perspective view of […]
by Jakob Schoof
Architectural design, ecological aspirations and a high standard of education enter into a close symbiosis in the Austrian federal state of Vorarlberg. For the young people who use it, the classrooms and corridors of the energy-efficient timber building offer plenty of room for movement and an abundant supply of daylight.
The secondary school in Klaus conceived by Dietrich | Untertrifaller set standards in this regard as long as 14 years ago. The architects have now supplemented the school with a […]
by Nicolas Roy, VELUX group
Model Home 2020 is an experiment launched by VELUX as part of our strategy to contribute actively to the development of future sustainable buildings. This is our vision for how daylight and fresh air can render buildings of the future climate-neutral while providing a good indoor climate and being attractive to reside in.
The project supports the ideas of the coming generation within building design – often called “active houses”. The purpose is to create a balance […]
by Nicolas Roy, VELUX group
VELUX Daylight Visualizer is a powerful tool to develop ideas for natural light in buildings. From small investigations to full project evaluations, it lets you calculate the performance of daylight in your design, as well as its appearance for a wide range of sky conditions.
With Daylight Visualizer you can both visualize the appearance of daylight with photo-realistic renderings, and quantify the amount and distribution of daylight with false color images.
The example below shows a comparison between […]
by Michael K. Rasmussen, VELUX Group
We all need a place to call home – a place to feel safe, sound and comfortable. However, feeling “at home” is not as straightforward as it used to be. The growing concern for global climate change has transformed the home into something much more complex and demanding. Today, the ability to be energy efficient while ensuring a healthy indoor climate has become the number one challenge in our building stock. And since we spend […]