September
12
untitled-1 AWARD HONOURS DAYLIGHT IN RESEARCH AND ARCHITECTURE: AND THE LAUREATES ARE…

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 […]

bernt-meerbeek-main-640 STUDIES ON USER CONTROL IN AMBIENT INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS

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 […]

July
18
ds_cover002 7TH VELUX DAYLIGHT SYMPOSIUM IN BERLIN 3-4 MAY 2017

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 […]

May
31
116506-01-XL DAYLIGHT AND INDOOR CLIMATE IN A RENOVATED DANISH SCHOOL

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 […]

May
13
Montfoort_06A0424 DAYLIGHT FOR ALL

by Jakob Schoof

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 houses. Many of these […]

May
04
large_df7cb4cb-2220-40b3-a97f-ddeaa6e0c732 DAYLIGHT IN GREEN SOLUTION HOUSE

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 […]

May
03
2 ENERGIZING WITH LIGHT

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 […]

May
02
4 DAYLIGHT IN GREEN LIGHTHOUSE

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 […]

May
01
6064a2ef-129e-4dd2-b9ca-9fa743122b3d DEVELOP BRIGHT IDEAS WITH DAYLIGHT VISUALIZER

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 […]

April
26
HHB 2016 HEALTHY HOMES BAROMETER 2016

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 […]

March
17
1_640p DAYLIGHT IMPACTS ON ELDERLY PEOPLE WITH VISUAL IMPAIRMENTS

by Francesca Borra and Laura Cane, Politecnico di Torino, School of Architecture, Ms in Architecture Construction and City, Italy. The master thesis is a collaboration with Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

Is it possible, through a careful natural lighting design, to safeguard the same accessibility both for normal sight and visually impaired elderly people in daily home tasks performance (cooking, reading, take medicines, watching tv, etc.)? This is the question that inspired us to carry out a series of full-scale experiments, both […]

January
29
IVA_640 INTERNATIONAL VELUX AWARD 2016 COMPETITION FOR STUDENTS OF ARCHITECTURE

by Nicolas Roy, VELUX Group

The International VELUX Award 2016 for students of architecture is a competition that wants to encourage and challenge students to explore the theme of daylight – and to create a deeper understanding of this ever-relevant source of energy, light and life.

The award encourages projects that celebrate the privilege of being a student with curiosity and with the willingness to think “out of the box” – as well as consider the social, sociological and environmental dimension of […]