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Title: Daylighting, Daylight Simulation and Public Health: Low-Energy Lighting for Optimal Vision/Visual Acuity and Health/Wellbeing
Authors: Ellis, Eugenia Victoria
Handly, Neal
McEachron, Donald L.
Del Risco, A.
Baynard, M.
Keywords: Light;Indoor ecology
Issue Date: Mar-2011
Citation: Moshfegh, Bahram (ed.) (2011). World Renewable Energy Congress – Sweden, 8–13 May, 2011, Linköping, Sweden http://dx.doi.org/10.3384/ecp11057
Abstract: Indoor Ecology (IE) is an emerging research field that aims to develop new approaches and technologies which allow indoor environments and occupants to dynamically co-adapt to each other in order to enhance human wellbeing and productivity while simultaneously optimizing energy efficiency. The central idea in IE is that humans, building systems and the interior environment form a single, integrated complex ‘ecosystem’. One way to IE optimization is though lighting, especially daylighting and daylight simulation. Current approaches to energy-efficient buildings emphasize only limited aspects of interior lighting, such as the carbon footprint, without regard to the multiple effects lighting has on human health, wellbeing and productivity which must be considered if truly sustainable interior spaces are to be designed. This paper documents five ongoing investigations which study various aspects of the lighting-human interaction in a variety of circumstances. For example, students in the classroom setting are exposed to wide changes in lighting as well as inadequate light during early classes, likely affecting attention, retention and performance. Subjects displayed a marked preference for natural lighting when given the option; supporting a general hypothesis that daylighting might be a solution to the twin problems of promoting health and productivity while decreasing energy use.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/3756
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