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Fall 2015




This study evaluates the effectiveness of a combination of strategies used for analyzing daylighting qualities in the context of two classrooms. The strategies include qualitative information from observations and a post-occupancy survey, on-site light level measurements, and computer generated simulations all intended to inform a comparative analysis of the daylighting conditions and perceived daylighting qualities between the two classrooms. This composite approach takes into consideration access to daylight and views, glare problems and control strategies, use of window coverings, and perceived impact of daylight in order to identify and analyze the presence of certain biophilic design patterns. While both rooms have glazing along the east wall, the research indicates that across all the strategies employed, the new classroom significantly outperforms the old.


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