Annual Dynamics of Daylight Variability and Contrast Book

Annual Dynamics of Daylight Variability and Contrast

  • Author : Siobhan Rockcastle
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release Date : 2013-06-25
  • Genre: Computers
  • Pages : 83
  • ISBN 10 : 9781447152330

Annual Dynamics of Daylight Variability and Contrast Book Description :

Daylight is a dynamic source of illumination in architectural space, creating diverse and ephemeral configurations of light and shadow within the built environment. Perceptual qualities of daylight, such as contrast and temporal variability, are essential to our understanding of both material and visual effects in architecture. Although spatial contrast and light variability are fundamental to the visual experience of architecture, architects still rely primarily on intuition to evaluate their designs because there are few metrics that address these factors. Through an analysis of contemporary architecture, this work develops a new typological language that categorizes architectural space in terms of contrast and temporal variation. This research proposes a new family of metrics that quantify the magnitude of contrast-based visual effects and time-based variation within daylit space through the use of time-segmented daylight renderings to provide a more holistic analysis of daylight performance.

The Passivhaus Designer   s Manual Book
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The Passivhaus Designer s Manual

  • Author : Christina J. Hopfe
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2015-10-05
  • Genre: Architecture
  • Pages : 328
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317536901

The Passivhaus Designer s Manual Book Description :

Passivhaus is the fastest growing energy performance standard in the world, with almost 50,000 buildings realised to date. Applicable to both domestic and non-domestic building types, the strength of Passivhaus lies in the simplicity of the concept. As European and global energy directives move ever closer towards Zero (fossil) Energy standards, Passivhaus provides a robust ‘fabric first’ approach from which to make the next step. The Passivhaus Designers Manual is the most comprehensive technical guide available to those wishing to design and build Passivhaus and Zero Energy Buildings. As a technical reference for architects, engineers and construction professionals The Passivhaus Designers Manual provides: State of the art guidance for anyone designing or working on a Passivhaus project; In depth information on building services, including high performance ventilation systems and ultra-low energy heating and cooling systems; Holistic design guidance encompassing: daylight design, ecological materials, thermal comfort, indoor air quality and economics; Practical advice on procurement methods, project management and quality assurance; Renewable energy systems suitable for Passivhaus and Zero Energy Buildings; Practical case studies from the UK, USA, and Germany amongst others; Detailed worked examples to show you how it’s done and what to look out for; Expert advice from 20 world renowned Passivhaus designers, architects, building physicists and engineers. Lavishly illustrated with nearly 200 full colour illustrations, and presented by two highly experienced specialists, this is your one-stop shop for comprehensive practical information on Passivhaus and Zero Energy buildings.

Daylight  Design and Place Making Book

Daylight Design and Place Making

  • Author : Hisham Elkadi
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2020-12-21
  • Genre: Architecture
  • Pages : 212
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317154662

Daylight Design and Place Making Book Description :

Daylight, Design and Place-Making examines the role of daylight in creating and revealing the wonders of heritage and contemporary architecture. Shifting from a purely technical approach to daylighting, this book places importance on the creation of meaningful aesthetics through an understanding of context and culture. Cultural applications of light in architecture differ depending on various historical, technological, and social characteristics. Increasingly, there is a revival of interest in contemporary architecture using daylight as an essential contextual ingredient in the design process. By examining the architecture of daylight in different locales and setting these in their historical contexts, the book argues that appropriate use of daylight will ensure not only visual and thermal comfort in the urban setting and aid in energy efficiency, but also will contribute to the overall identity of new buildings, particularly in urban regeneration projects. This book brings together an analysis of technical aspects of daylight performance and environmental impact, with discussions on the psychology of daylighting and its influence in shaping perceptions of our built environment. It will be an ideal read for academics and researchers interested in architecture and cultural studies.

Daylighting in Architecture Book

Daylighting in Architecture

  • Author : Nick V. Baker
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2015-12-08
  • Genre: Architecture
  • Pages : 380
  • ISBN 10 : 9781134074297

Daylighting in Architecture Book Description :

Typically one third of the energy used in many buildings may be consumed by electric lighting. Good daylighting design can reduce electricity consumption for lighting and improve standards of visual comfort, health and amenity for the occupants.As the only comprehensive text on the subject written in the last decade, the book will be welcomed by all architects and building services engineers interested in good daylighting design. The book is based on the work of 25 experts from all parts of Europe who have collected, evaluated and developed the material under the auspices of the European Commission's Solar Energy and Energy Conservation R&D Programmes.

Encyclopedia of Sustainable Technologies Book

Encyclopedia of Sustainable Technologies

  • Author : Martin Abraham
  • Publisher : Elsevier
  • Release Date : 2017-07-04
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 2262
  • ISBN 10 : 9780128047927

Encyclopedia of Sustainable Technologies Book Description :

Encyclopedia of Sustainable Technologies provides an authoritative assessment of the sustainable technologies that are currently available or in development. Sustainable technology includes the scientific understanding, development and application of a wide range of technologies and processes and their environmental implications. Systems and lifecycle analyses of energy systems, environmental management, agriculture, manufacturing and digital technologies provide a comprehensive method for understanding the full sustainability of processes. In addition, the development of clean processes through green chemistry and engineering techniques are also described. The book is the first multi-volume reference work to employ both Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) and Triple Bottom Line (TBL) approaches to assessing the wide range of technologies available and their impact upon the world. Both approaches are long established and widely recognized, playing a key role in the organizing principles of this valuable work. Provides readers with a one-stop guide to the most current research in the field Presents a grounding of the fundamentals of the field of sustainable technologies Written by international leaders in the field, offering comprehensive coverage of the field and a consistent, high-quality scientific standard Includes the Life Cycle Analysis and Triple Bottom Line approaches to help users understand and assess sustainable technologies

Daylight Performance of Buildings Book

Daylight Performance of Buildings

  • Author : Marc Fontoynont
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2014-05-01
  • Genre: Architecture
  • Pages : 310
  • ISBN 10 : 9781134257065

Daylight Performance of Buildings Book Description :

As part of Daylight Europe, the daylighting behaviour of 60 buildings was observed and measured during a three year period. Buildings of many different types, sizes and ages were included - from offices to museums, libraries, churches, houses, airports and factories; from Classical buildings to modern constructions, and from a small single room to an office of over 100,000 square meters. The results of the study of each building are presented, extensively illustrated in colour, with the unusual features and main lessons highlighted. The book also includes details of the monitoring procedures, the results of and comparisons with simulations, the outcome of post-occupancy evaluation, and a summary of the major findings. These show the extraordinary potential of daylighting techniques to improve amenity and energy performance for the benefit of the occupants and building managers. They also demonstrate how often opportunities are missed, and the frequency of problems of overheating or glare. Above all, they demonstrate the beauty, elegance and scope of daylight design.

Assessment of Daylight Performance in Buildings Book

Assessment of Daylight Performance in Buildings

  • Author : B. Gherri
  • Publisher : WIT Press
  • Release Date : 2015-04-08
  • Genre: Architecture
  • Pages : 214
  • ISBN 10 : 9781784660406

Assessment of Daylight Performance in Buildings Book Description :

This title deals with the many advantages associated to the use of natural light, comparing architectural experiences, technological devices and calculation methods. It provides an introduction to the problems and solutions of enhancing and conveying the right dose of daylight inside buildings, giving attention to energy savings and visual comfort

Daylight Science and Daylighting Technology Book
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Daylight Science and Daylighting Technology

  • Author : Richard Kittler
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release Date : 2011-10-22
  • Genre: Technology & Engineering
  • Pages : 341
  • ISBN 10 : 1441988165

Daylight Science and Daylighting Technology Book Description :

Sunlight profoundly influences the Earth's atmosphere and biosphere. Nature fuels the evolution of all living things, their visual systems, and the manner in which they adapt, accommodate, and habituate. Sun luminance measurements serve as data to calculate typical changes in the daily, monthly, and annual variability characteristics of daylight. Climate-based sky luminance patterns are used as models in predicting daylighting calculation and computer programs applied in architecture and building design. Historically, daylight science and daylighting technology has prioritized photometric methods of measurements, calculation, and graphical tools aimed at predicting or evaluating the daylighting of architectural design alternatives. However, due to a heightened awareness of general health and well-being, sunlight exposure and freedom from visual discomfort while undertaking visual tasks are now equally prioritized. Therefore, in order to assure optimal environmental quality, daylighting technology must be based on sound science. Daylight Science and Daylighting Technology, by Richard Kittler, Miroslav Kocifaj, and Stanislav Darula, sketches the entire evolution of daylight science from atmospheric science through apt visual workplace psychophysics.

Daylighting Book


  • Author : Derek Phillips
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2012-05-23
  • Genre: Architecture
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9781136412004

Daylighting Book Description :

Daylighting offers a general theory and introduction to the use of natural light in architecture. The fourth of Derek Phillip's lighting books draws on his experience to illustrate how best to bring natural light into building design. As sustainability becomes a core principal for designers, daylighting comes to the fore as an alternative to artificial, energy consuming, light. Here, Phillips makes a rational argument for considering daylight first, outlining the arguments in favour of a daylight approach, and goes on to show, through a series of beautifully illustrated case studies, how architects have created buildings in which natural light has been shown to play a major strategic role in the development of the design of a building.

The Chapel of St  Ignatius Book

The Chapel of St Ignatius

  • Author : Steven Holl
  • Publisher : Princeton Architectural Press
  • Release Date : 1999-07-01
  • Genre: Architecture
  • Pages : 95
  • ISBN 10 : 9781568981802

The Chapel of St Ignatius Book Description :

Reveals Holl's working method from watercolor sketches to working drawings to construction shots.

Daylighting and Lighting Under a Nordic Sky Book

Daylighting and Lighting Under a Nordic Sky

  • Author : Marie-Claude Dubois
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 2019-04-30
  • Genre:
  • Pages : 424
  • ISBN 10 : 9144125771

Daylighting and Lighting Under a Nordic Sky Book Description :

After nearly a century when electric lighting has dominated the design of building interiors, a return to the use of daylight as the main ambient light source is motivated by energy, environmental, and health considerations. Good daylighting of building interiors not only promotes low energy use, it has the potential to (re)connect humans to the natural cycle of day and night, which promotes health and well-being. Light is especially important to people in the Nordic countries because it is scarce for a large part of the year and over-abundant around the summer solstice. The unique character of daylight provided by the Nordic sky with its weak intensity in the winter and low sun angles in the summer demands careful study and attention, as it is more precious than in any other location. The current context of densifying cities makes it increasingly difficult to provide sufficient amounts of daylight in buildings under Nordic sky conditions, especially in winter. Analyses using advanced building simulation programs are often needed to predict daylight levels and adjust the building design accordingly. The relevant building regulations and certification schemes need to be understood in depth if they are to be followed by design practitioners. In addition, state-of-the-art electric lighting technologies such as LEDs and advanced control systems require a good integration with daylighting design. Addressing these issues, this book provides the essential knowledge and background to students and practicing professionals who wish to tackle the challenging endeavor of illuminating buildings under a Nordic sky using daylight as the main ambient light source, supplemented by energy-efficient electric lighting systems.

Daylighting  Architecture and Health Book

Daylighting Architecture and Health

  • Author : Mohamed Boubekri
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2008
  • Genre: Architecture
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN 10 : 9780750667241

Daylighting Architecture and Health Book Description :

Daylighting, Architecture and Health examines the relationship between natural light in buildings and human health, considering both psychological and physiological issues and bringing together a range of research in the field. As we are becoming increasingly conscious of global warming and pushing towards energy efficiency in buildings, the book examines the question of daylighting from the perspective of the health of building occupants. It gathers and reviews all the latest and pertinent medical and architectural research related to natural light, or lack thereof, and its effect on people. * Documents medical research findings which establish a link between light quality and health * Considers design strategies for increasing daylight in buildings * Develops understanding and awareness of the importance of natural light in buildings Daylighting, Architecture and Health: Building Design Strategies is a timely and essential text for professional architects and all others concerned with the effects of daylighting on health, architecture and building design.

The Architecture of Light Book

The Architecture of Light

  • Author : Mary Ann Steane
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2012-11-12
  • Genre: Architecture
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781135655952

The Architecture of Light Book Description :

Reviewing the use of natural light by architects in the era of electricity, this book aims to show that natural light not only remains a potential source of order in architecture, but that natural lighting strategies impose a usefully creative discipline on design. Considering an approach to environmental context that sees light as a critical aspect of place, this book explores current attitudes to natural light by offering a series of in-depth studies of recent projects and the particular lighting issues they have addressed. It gives a more nuanced appraisal of these lighting strategies by setting them within their broader topographic, climatic and cultural contexts.

Sustainable Built Environments Book

Sustainable Built Environments

  • Author : Vivian Loftness
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2012-11-28
  • Genre: Technology & Engineering
  • Pages : 746
  • ISBN 10 : 1461458277

Sustainable Built Environments Book Description :

Sustainable design is a collective process whereby the built environment achieves unprecedented levels of ecological balance through new and retrofit construction, with the goal of long-term viability and humanization of architecture. Focusing on the environmental context, sustainable design merges the natural, minimum resource conditioning solutions of the past (daylight, solar heat, and natural ventilation) with the innovative technologies of the present. The desired result is an integrated “intelligent” system that supports individual control with expert negotiation for resource consciousness. International experts in the field address the fundamental questions of sustainable design and landscape management: How should the sustainability of landscapes and buildings be evaluated? Which targets have to be set and which thresholds should not be exceeded? What forms of planning and governance structures exist and to what extent do they further the goals of sustainability? Gathering 30 peer-reviewed entries from the Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology, Sustainable Built Environments provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary coverage of these issues and other aspects of sustainable building and landscape design.

Environmental Diversity in Architecture Book

Environmental Diversity in Architecture

  • Author : Koen Steemers
  • Publisher : Taylor & Francis
  • Release Date : 2004
  • Genre: Architecture
  • Pages : 237
  • ISBN 10 : 9780415314787

Environmental Diversity in Architecture Book Description :

This book takes the position that the dynamic of the architectural environment is a key aspect of good design, yet one which is not well anticipated or understood. Environmental variety is a design characteristic closely related to our experience of architecture - an architecture of the senses. Each chapter demonstrates how an understanding of a particular context or environmental characteristic in dynamic terms informs design. The book is an antidote to the misconceptions of 'optimum' environmental performance or fixed criteria, instead embracing the richness of environmental variety.



  • Author : Lucia R. Ronchi
  • Publisher : Lucia Ronchi
  • Release Date : 2016-10-01
  • Genre:
  • Pages : 60
  • ISBN 10 : 9788888649474


Natural Climate Variability on Decade to Century Time Scales Book

Natural Climate Variability on Decade to Century Time Scales

  • Author : National Research Council
  • Publisher : National Academies Press
  • Release Date : 1996-08-30
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 644
  • ISBN 10 : 9780309054492

Natural Climate Variability on Decade to Century Time Scales Book Description :

This volume reflects the current state of scientific knowledge about natural climate variability on decade-to-century time scales. It covers a wide range of relevant subjects, including the characteristics of the atmosphere and ocean environments as well as the methods used to describe and analyze them, such as proxy data and numerical models. They clearly demonstrate the range, persistence, and magnitude of climate variability as represented by many different indicators. Not only do natural climate variations have important socioeconomic effects, but they must be better understood before possible anthropogenic effects (from greenhouse gas emissions, for instance) can be evaluated. A topical essay introduces each of the disciplines represented, providing the nonscientist with a perspective on the field and linking the papers to the larger issues in climate research. In its conclusions section, the book evaluates progress in the different areas and makes recommendations for the direction and conduct of future climate research. This book, while consisting of technical papers, is also accessible to the interested layperson.

Daylighting Book


  • Author : Peter Tregenza
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2013-01-11
  • Genre: Architecture
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781135883034

Daylighting Book Description :

This authoritative and multi-disciplinary book provides architects, lighting specialists, and anyone else working daylight into design, with all the tools needed to incorporate this most fundamental element of architecture. It includes: an overview of current practice of daylighting in architecture and urban planning a review of recent research on daylighting and what this means to the practitioner a global vision of architectural lighting which is linked to the climates of the world and which integrates view, sunlight, diffuse skylight and electric lighting up-to-date tools for design in practice delivery of information in a variety of ways for interdisciplinary readers: graphics, mathematics, text, photographs and in-depth illustrations a clear structure: eleven chapters covering different aspects of lighting, a set of worksheets giving step-by-step examples of calculations and design procedures for use in practice, and a collection of algorithms and equations for reference by specialists and software designers. This book should trigger creative thought. It recognizes that good lighting design needs both knowledge and imagination.

Assessing the Performance of Passive Houses in Mediterranean Climate Regions Book

Assessing the Performance of Passive Houses in Mediterranean Climate Regions

  • Author : Vincenzo Costanzo
  • Publisher : MDPI
  • Release Date : 2020-05-15
  • Genre: Technology & Engineering
  • Pages : 138
  • ISBN 10 : 9783039289493

Assessing the Performance of Passive Houses in Mediterranean Climate Regions Book Description :

This book results from a Special Issue related to the latest progress in the thermodynamics of machines systems and processes since the premonitory work of Carnot. Carnot invented his famous cycle and generalized the efficiency concept for thermo-mechanical engines. Since that time, research progressed from the equilibrium approach to the irreversible situation that represents the general case. This book illustrates the present state-of-the-art advances after one or two centuries of consideration regarding applications and fundamental aspects. The research is moving fast in the direction of economic and environmental aspects. This will probably continue during the coming years. This book mainly highlights the recent focus on the maximum power of engines, as well as the corresponding first law efficiency upper bounds.