July
25
SANTO TOMAS PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTE 1st STAGE

By Enrique Browne, Browne & Swett Arquitectos, Chile

Santo Tomas Professional Institute is located in a very busy corner of Vicuña Mackenna Avenue in Santiago, Chile. An important issue was the oppressive presence of a metro station of 150 meters in length, located in front of the site – four stories high. The only visual relief occurs at the diagonal of the site so it was thus decided to access the Institute on that axis.

As a general scheme, a solution with […]

July
14
WHAT IS YOUR CHRONOTYPE AND ACCUMULATED SLEEP DEBT?

posted by Nicolas Roy, VELUX Group

The Institute for Medical Psychology from University of Munich has launched the Munich Chronotype Questionnaire, a questionnaire aiming to understand the underlying complexity of our biological clock and individual differences in biological clock, as shown in every day behaviour. The participants will receive an automatic evaluation of their chronotype via email, as well as a link to relevant literature on this subject.

The questionnaire is part of EUCLOCK, a large European wide research network launched in […]

DIVA DAY IS HEADING WEST!

posted by Nicolas Roy, VELUX Group

The 3rd DIVA Day will be held in Seattle, Washington, on October 2 2014!

DIVA Day is a full-day event focused on the use of DIVA and associated simulation tools to improve and enhance design through performance-based workflows including presentations by practitioners and researchers at leading architectural, consulting, and engineering firms and universities. Conference sessions will include the introduction of new features by the DIVA Team, presentations of research and case studies by our […]

13th INTERNATIONAL RADIANCE WORKSHOP IN LONDON 1-3 SEPTEMBER 2014
July
09
DAYTIME LIGHT EXPOSURE – EFFECTS AND PREFERENCES

by Karin Smolders, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands

Light enables us to see the world around us, but is also important for our physiological and psychological functioning. During the last decades, light has become an important research topic for engineers, chronobiologists and neuroscientists. Developments in lighting technologies (e.g., LED) are offering new possibilities for flexible, dynamic and personalized lighting applications. Moreover, the discovery of a third (non-rod, non-cone) photoreceptor in the human retina has significantly advanced our knowledge about the role […]

July
07
Integrated thermal and lighting analysis of spaces with controled complex fenestration systems and artificial lighting during the design stage

by Germán Molina, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile

Studies show that shading devices have a positive impact on the energy performance of buildings and in the visual and thermal comfort of their interior spaces. However, such systems are classified as Complex Fenestration Systems (CFS), which usually present very complex optical properties, making them very hart to model within energy performance and lighting simulations. In the last few years, using the concept of Bidirectional Scattering Distribution Function (BSDF), different software have been […]