The Impact of Evaluated Luminous Environment on the Comfort Level in Buildings

A special issue of Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309). This special issue belongs to the section "Building Energy, Physics, Environment, and Systems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 1115

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Department of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China
Interests: adaptive building façade; smart windows; daylighting environment; visual comfort; human health; evidence-based lighting design; building simulation

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Department of Civil Engineering, Surveying and Construction Management, Kingston University, London, UK
Interests: sustainable building technologies; building performance; building modelling; daylight and lighting; adaptive building façade; building integrated renewable energy

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Faculty of Architecture, Civil and Transportation Engineering, Beijing University of Technology, Beijing, China
Interests: built environment; environmental behavior; sustainability; sports park; social communal space; human factor engineering; construction management

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Center for Sustainable Energy Technologies, Energy and Environment Institute, University of Hull, Hull HU6 7RX, UK
Interests: low-carbon building and eco-city; AI and big-data assisted energy forecasting and optimization; renewable energy application and management in building

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent decades, as individuals spend increasing amounts of time indoors, there has been growing attention towards enhancing the quality of the indoor environment. Among the crucial factors under examination is the luminous environment, produced by a combination of daylight and artificial lighting, which plays a pivotal role in the built environment. The luminous environment is not merely a facilitator of daily activities and work but is also intimately connected to human health. It impacts comfort at physical, physiological, and psychological levels.

Furthermore, strategic approaches for allowing daylight into buildings, such as the implementation of advanced windows, adaptive façades, and intelligent shading devices, have demonstrated benefits for energy performance. This Special Issue aims to foster a deeper understanding of the multifaceted interactions between occupants and their luminous environment, with a particular focus on maximizing the use of daylight. To this end, it seeks to provide a platform for the gathering and exchange of cutting-edge ideas and research in the intersecting fields of health and lighting. Topics of interest for this Special Issue include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Impact of advanced windows on daylighting;
  • Experimental methods to evaluate human perception on luminous environment;
  • Building simulation of luminous environment;
  • Performance of adaptive façade/intelligent shading;
  • Interactions between daylight and artificial lighting;
  • Outdoor luminosity's impact on indoor lighting and comfort;
  • Daylight harvesting and indoor environment quality;
  • Glare and visual comfort study with exterior lighting considerations;
  • Combining natural and artificial lighting for efficiency and comfort.

Dr. Runqi Liang
Dr. Yanyi Sun
Dr. Xianfeng Wu
Dr. Zishang Zhu
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  • daylighting control
  • artificial lighting design
  • advanced windows
  • intelligent shading
  • transparent materials
  • visual comfort
  • human health
  • built environment
  • building simulation

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Psychological and Visual Perception of Campus Lightscapes Based on Lightscape Walking Evaluation: A Case Study of Chongqing University in China
by Haijing Huang, Binyue Zhang, Jingru Cheng and Yue Sun
Buildings 2024, 14(3), 753; - 11 Mar 2024
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The creation of lightscapes in colleges and universities are of great significance in enhancing the perception of the campus environment, improving physical and mental health, and shaping humanistic connotations. This research aims to examine lightscape perceptions and impacts of different campuses. At Chongqing [...] Read more.
The creation of lightscapes in colleges and universities are of great significance in enhancing the perception of the campus environment, improving physical and mental health, and shaping humanistic connotations. This research aims to examine lightscape perceptions and impacts of different campuses. At Chongqing University A and B Campuses, lightscape walking experiments, subjective questionnaires, objective luminance measurements, and HDR picture processing were used to examine lightscape perception and factors. The relevance and differences in the perception of circadian lightscapes in the two campuses were analyzed using SPSS software. The study found: (1) natural lightscapes such as sky light, cloud shadow, and lake water reflection were the most popular during the daytime, while artificial lightscapes, such as decorative lighting of buildings, were positively evaluated at night; (2) the frequency of visits by a crowd directly impacts the ambiance of the environmental area; (3) males showed strong emotional awareness and social interaction skills in daytime, leading to increased social activity and stronger emotional responses, but no differences in nighttime; (4) optimal nighttime luminance enhances the overall perception satisfaction of the illumination; (5) the amount and arrangement of outdoor space, vegetation, minor landscape design, and service facilities all affect the perception of circadian lightscapes. In conclusion, design concepts and proposals of landscapes were suggested to optimize college and university lightscapes. Full article
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