Ph.D. thesis by Ali Motamed, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
One fifth of the electricity consumption of Swiss buildings is due to electric lighting. Integrated control of sun shading and artificial lighting can mitigate this demand while maintaining user comfort. However, the drawback of existing building control approaches is that they do not consider one of the main aspects of human-centric lighting: visual comfort. The goal of this doctoral thesis is to develop an integrated energy efficient sun shading and electric […]
Ph.D. Thesis by Mathias Adamsson, Department of Architecture and Built Environment, Lund University
This summary contains a discussion of the main findings in relation to the general aim of the thesis “Non-Image-Forming Effects of Light: Implications for the Design of Living and Working Environments”and the research questions connecting to the four themes. The work in this thesis has contributed to the research field by adding information on characteristics of the daily light exposure in real-life settings together with seasonal variations regarding psychological […]
by Mariann Elliassen, VELUX Group
The International VELUX Award is a biennial competition for students of architecture. Students from all over the world are challenged to work with daylight as an ever relevant source of light, life and joy. More than 600 student teams have submitted their daylight project to the International VELUX Award, and the jury has elected nine regional winners.
The total amount of 633 projects from around 250 different schools of architecture in 58 countries represents an incredible […]
by VELUX Group
Two hundred professionals within the field of architecture and research gathered at the iconic Rolex Learning Centre in Lausanne, Switzerland on 27 September to honour Japanese architect Hiroshi Sambuichi and American researcher Greg Ward. The two international profiles both received The Daylight Award 2018 and €100,000 for their groundbreaking work and dedication to daylight.
The Award for Daylight in Architecture
The Daylight Award for Architecture is awarded to one or more architects or other professionals who have distinguished themselves by […]
by Nicolas Roy, VELUX Group
We are happy to announce that the 8th VELUX Daylight Symposium will be held in Paris in October 2019. More information about the event will be communicated in the coming month(s) including official dates and venue, call for papers and registration.
The VELUX Daylight Symposium is a biennial event gathering participants from research, architectural and engineering practices, as well as legislation and lighting design, from all over the world. The symposiums have been held in Budapest in 2005, […]
Ph.D. Thesis by Dr. Charlotte Goovaerts, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Department of Architectural Engineering
Daylighting in offices creates a comfortable and healthy working environment for its users. Additionally, it can decrease the electricity consumption for artificial lighting. However, maximizing the amount of daylight can cause some issues. In Northern European climates, visual discomfort is the most negative side effect from windows. Also, excessive short-wave directly-transmitted solar radiation and long-wave indirectly-transmitted energy can cause thermal discomfort and an increased energy demand for cooling. […]
Ph.D. Thesis by Dr. Lara Anne Hale, Doctoral School of Organisation and Management Studies, Copenhagen Business School | Image by Adam Mørk
It is already challenging to make small changes to buildings – painting the window panels, upgrading the kitchen, or even (as many Copenhageners are familiar with) installing a shower. But there is a pressing need for more extensive change – we need to learn how to build again and build more sustainably. As part of the EU Marie Curie project […]
A good indoor climate with generous daylight levels and provision of fresh air from outside is the key to making homes, offices, kindergartens and schools healthy buildings to live and work in. Daylight, Energy and Indoor Climate Book is a gathering of essential knowledge on the effects of windows, and how they affect various aspects building and human performance.
“With the Daylight, Energy and Indoor Climate book (DEIC), we aim to share our insight and knowledge by providing specific advice and […]
Ph.D. Thesis by Dr. Eleonora Brembilla, Loughborough University
Climate-Based Daylight Modelling (CBDM) can be defined as the assessment of the luminous conditions within the built environment that makes use of representative climate data to recreate realistic sky luminance distributions, at hourly or sub-hourly consecutive steps, by means of physically accurate lighting simulation tools. CBDM made its appearance among other Building Performance Simulation disciplines relatively recently, marking a profound change from the previously established daylighting analyses, such as the Daylight Factor and Sun […]
Ph.D. Thesis by Michael G. Kent, the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Nottingham
Discomfort glare is considered to be an annoyance or distraction caused by sources of non-uniform or high luminance within the field of view of an observer. There are still significant gaps in our understanding of the conditions that characterise the magnitude and occurrence of discomfort glare, this being especially evident in the presence of large sources of luminance such as windows. The large degree of […]
Ph.D. Thesis by Dr. Paula M. Esquivias Fernández, University of Sevilla, Department of Architectural Construction (ETSA)
The objective of this thesis is to provide a decision tool to evaluate the daylighting potential of a space considering also its thermal component in order to balance the presence of daylight illuminances and solar heat gains to provide enough daylight for visual tasks avoiding situations of discomfort, such as glare or overheating.
This research is based on the evidence that the amount of daylight that enters […]
posted by International VELUX Award 2018
Wood and acoustic panels, suggest that the hall is a large living room for athletes. Steel girders of 55 meters span and different heights enable the natural light illumination of the sports hall.
“Learn about your history, learn about your craft and learn about what is happening around you” says Saša Begović, founding partner and premier architect of 3LHD Architects, urging students to search their own heritage for inspiration for their International VELUX Award projects.
“Do not […]