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 […]
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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 […]
by Nicolas Roy, VELUX Group
KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as in architecture, industrial management, urban planning, […]
by Jens Christoffersen, VELUX Group
LumeNet is a two-day research methods workshop for PhD students of lighting, colour, daylight and related subjects. LumeNet 2018 will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, 16/17 August 2018 to coincide tithe the CIE Expert Tutorial and Workshop on Research Methods for Human Factors In Lighting 13/14 August 2018.
LumeNet is a forum for discussing how we arrive at those conclusions, such as the intended experimental procedure, how this might be improved, and to identify important issues worthy of study. Ph.D. students […]
by Jens Christoffersen, VELUX Group
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Lighting Research and Technology, all of the papers in the 50/1 Special Edition are free to download during January 2018. Furthermore, LRT has also made a selection of 27 classic papers free to download for the entirety of 2018.
Content of 50/1 Special edition:
Editorial: A look back and a view forward by Dr Geoffrey Cook
Lighting Research and Technology: Past, present and future by PR Boyce and DJ Carter
The what and the […]
The 39th Session of the UNESCO General Conference has today proclaimed the date of May 16th as the International Day of Light. The proclamation of this annual International Day will enable global appreciation of the central role that light and light-based technologies play in the lives of the citizens of the world in areas of science, technology, culture, education, and sustainable development. The International Day of Light is an enduring follow-up to UNESCO’s highly successful International Year of […]
PhD Thesis by Dr. María Lovísa Ámundadóttir, Laboratory of Integrated Performance in Design (LIPID), EPFL
This thesis introduces a new approach to characterize and evaluate ocular light exposure based on the discovery of novel blue light-sensitive photoreceptors in the human eye. These photoreceptors are the primary mediators of ‘non-visual’ responses impacting human health, from resetting the circadian clock to directly alerting the brain. In recent years, studies have found that light at short-wavelengths is more effective than light at longer wavelengths […]
PhD Thesis by Dr. Siobhan Rockcastle, Laboratory of Integrated Performance in Design (LIPID), EPFL
In our experience of daylit architecture, our visual perception is greatly impacted by the ephemeral and inherently dynamic conditions of the surrounding environment. Driven by changes in sky type, time-of-day, and time-of-year, these variable conditions can alter our impressions and appraisal of indoor space. Daylight, including both direct sunlight and indirect skylight, drives a powerful range of perceptual phenomena, which transform structured geometry into a time lapse […]
On January 22-24, 2018
Daily, lunar or seasonal cycles are biological phenomena such as leaf movements, sleep, metabolic cycles, animal migrations which emanate from endogenous biological clocks. They share common features including temporal modulation of gene expression programs that govern rhythmic physiological processes. This symposium is designed to facilitate learning about the molecular nature and mechanisms of biological clocks and how they modulate the daily rhythms of cellular and organismal biology.
Abstract submission deadline November 27, 2017.
Registration deadline January 03, 2018.
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PLEA stands for “Passive and Low Energy Architecture”, a commitment to the development, documentation and diffusion of the principles of bioclimatic design and the application of natural and innovative techniques for sustainable architecture and urban design.
PLEA is a renowned, highly regarded international annual conference to discuss and promote the development of bioclimatic design and the application of natural and innovation techniques for sustainable architecture and design. PLEA pursues its objectives through international conferences and workshops; expert group meetings and consultancies; […]
by Nicolas Roy, VELUX Group
The CIE Expert Tutorial and Workshops on Research Methods for Human Factors in Lighting will be a forum for discussion and advancement of best practices in lighting research. Expert tutorials by invited speakers will cover topics addressing the key elements of research methods, and workshops will offer structured discussions about real research problems and their resolution. Content will emphasize all stages of the research process, from conceptualization through dissemination. Research involving human participants will be prominent, but the […]