October
23
NORDIC LIGHT

By Nanet Mathiasen, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, Denmark

Nordic Light ‐ and its impact on the design of apertures in Nordic architecture

Living on the northern‐most part of the globe means we experience the Nordic light every day, and this dissertation is about this very special light.

Traditionally, the northern people have been very conscious of the Nordic daylight. They see the Nordic light as a distinctive feature of the northern countries as well as of great importance for […]

A CIBSE Daylight Group event: Assessing new metrics for daylight prediction
daylight saving time bear hibernating BACK TO WINTER TIME

by Nicolas Roy, VELUX Group

This weekend, remember to move your clock back and enjoy that extra hour of sleep on Sunday!

The last weekend of October is the time when we say goodbye to daylight savings time (DST) or summer time. The concept of daylight saving is dating back to 1895 and was first proposed by New Zealander George Hudson, and implemented for the first time by Germany and Austria-Hungary in 1916. Many more countries have started to use the concept […]

Lighting Visions: Light, Space and Nature
October
22
Paul Bogard VELUX Daylight Symposium THE END OF NIGHT – A MUST WATCH LECTURE ON THE IMPORTANCE OF DARK SKIES

by Paul Bogard, James Madison University

A starry night is one of nature’s most magical wonders. Yet in our artificially lit world, most of us no longer experience true darkness. In this talk based on his book THE END OF NIGHT, Paul Bogard seeks to restore our awareness of the spectacularly primal, wildly dark night sky and how it has influenced the human experience across everything from science to art. Using a blend of personal narrative, natural history, science, and astronomy, Bogard […]

NEW CLIMATE-BASED DAYLIGHT SIMULATIONS COMPONENT FOR TRNSYS

by Giuseppe De Michele, EURAC Research

The Institute for Renewable Energy of EURAC research is pleased to announce the first release of the ‘TypeDLT’, a new TRNSYS component that enables climate-based daylighting simulation. This software uses the Three-Phase Method of Radiance to help you analyse the effects of ‘Complex Fenestration Systems’ from the perspective of visual comfort and daylight availability. Additionally, it gives you the opportunity to develop custom control strategies for dynamic shading devices. Its integration in the Trnsys environment allows […]

October
19
HUMAN RESPONSIVE DAYLIGHTING IN OFFICES: A GAZE-DRIVEN APPROACH FOR DYNAMIC DISCOMFORT GLARE ASSESSMENT

by Mandana Sarey Khanie, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

This dissertation proposes a novel gaze-driven approach for dynamic discomfort glare assessments as a first step towards understanding human responsive comfort with respect to daylight. The objective was to observe the natural gaze behaviour in relation to glare for office spaces with the conditions implicitly constrained by real world luminous conditions. In the existing visual comfort models human behaviour is not sufficiently considered. These models employ only subjective assessments, which lack an […]

October
13
CHECK THE VIDEO FROM OUR 3RD VELUX DAYLIGHT ACADEMIC FORUM

by Jens Christoffersen, VELUX Group

On 1 September 2015, 25 PhD students from 10 different countries met for the third time to focus on daylight, its effects on people and the environment. The students spent a day at London Metropolitan University together with allocated experts/mentors and with sufficient time for sharing new ideas and methods, to review and discus and – most importantly – to meet fellow students and create a community among PhD students across Europe. Thanks to the students who attended, […]

October
12
DIVA DAY 2015 IS TAKING PLACE ON 23 OCTOBER IN LONDON

posted by Nicolas Roy, VELUX Group

DIVA Day is a full-day event of presentations and panel discussions for practitioners, students and educators about building performance and design using DIVA and associated building simulation tools. This year, in addition to going international, we are excited to be pairing up with the Architectural Association in London to bring you exciting new work in the field of building performance and design.

This year’s events will include:

New features in DIVA and the beta release of DIVA […]