Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology

2012 Edition
| Editors: Robert A. Meyers

Daylight, Indoor Illumination, and Human Behavior

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0851-3_456

Definition of the Subject

Daylight in buildings is the natural illumination experienced by the occupants of any man-made construction with openings to the outside, e.g., dwelling and workplace. The quantity and quality of daylight in buildings is continually varying due to the natural changes in sun and sky conditions from one moment to the next. These changes have components that are random (e.g., individual cloud formations), daily (i.e., progression from day to night), and seasonal (e.g., changing day length and prevailing weather patterns). For any given sky and sun condition the quantity and character of daylight in a space will depend on the size, orientation, and nature of the building apertures; the shape and aspect of the building and its surroundings; and the optical (i.e., reflective and transmissive) properties of all the surfaces comprising the building and its surroundings.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Energy and Sustainable DevelopmentDe Montfort UniversityLeicesterUK