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Daylight is an important aspect of design, specifically in school settings. Daylight is not only desirable but crucial for the growth of children, including: increased connection to nature, reduced electricity bills, and increased attention spans. Recent studies have shown the positive relationship between diffuse daylight and student performance (Melton, 2012). The proper design of daylight can enhance a space without electric light. The main goals of daylighting are (1) control direct light during occupied hours (2) provide balanced illuminance on interior surfaces (3) provide sufficient ambient daylight illumination for visual tasks (Pattern Guide for Advanced Daylight, 2014). This research is focused on comparing one digital software program; Autodesk 3ds Max, with field measurements with the aim to inform future projects to integrate daylight analysis as a critical factor in design decisions.
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