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Fall 2013




It is common knowledge that natural light is better for the built environment and occupying such environments. It also is important to note that society spends the better part of their lives in structures or buildings; these spaces have a hand in our daily experiences. Not only do people benefit from natural lighting, physically and mentally, but daylighting systems can also lower dependency on electricity, lowering the usability and lifetime costs of a structure. There is also a chance for creating too much daylight, bright surfaces and areas can hinder the occupants and some spaces do not need daylighting. It is here that we see how important it is to study daylighting, analyzing and testing its effects throughout the design process. Understanding the daylighting systems of a building may lead to the architect determining the orientation of a building on the site as well as location of program and openings within the building in connection to orientation and lighting privileges.The analysis and study of daylighting is key as early as the schematic design phase as the development of spaces and the lighting needs, in amount and quality, begin to take shape and can effect the overall design scheme.


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