Current daylighting design practice: a survey

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Journal titleBuilding Research and Information
IssueMarch 2
Pages159174; # of pages: 16
Subjectdaylighting, daylighting design guide, daylighting survey, daylighting metrics, daylighting performance indicators; Daylighting
AbstractWhat are the current daylighting design practices among design teams with an explicit interest in sustainable design? A survey was undertaken: (1) to understand which daylight performance indicators and design tools are currently used by design practitioners to integrate daylighting in their projects; (2) to identify the additional information needed beyond that available in current design guides; and (3) to advise on the content and format of a new daylighting design guide that addresses these needs. The responses obtained from 177 participants showed that over 90% of the practitioners surveyed support the development of a new daylighting design guide that would provide online access to both simple calculation methods as well as more advanced daylighting design tools. Survey results also showed that a variety of non-standardized daylight prediction methods - primarily rules of thumb - are currently being used, and that there is no commonly acknowledged method of how to assess the performance and quality of a daylighting system in terms of energy savings, glare prevention, daylight factors, and the view to the outside.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number49460
NPARC number20377628
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Record created2012-07-24
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