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DESC9169: Daylight in Buildings

Daylight can be used in buildings to reduce the energy spent on electric lighting and create aesthetically appealing interiors. Design decisions that affect the success of daylighting in a building span every phase of the design process, from site selection to the application of interior finishes. This unit discusses the role of daylight in indoor illuminated environments. Calculations to predict the quantity and distribution of daylight in spaces and predict the effects of shading devices are covered. Students learn about the local and global variables that influence daylight availability, recognize the challenges and opportunities with daylight in interior spaces, and the appropriate use of daylighting technologies. Modelling tools (Radiance based) will be used in order to assess the efficacy of selected daylight strategies.

Code DESC9169
Academic unit Architectural and Design Science
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. use and understand the terminology associated with daylighting
  • LO2. identify the determinant of daylight availability in buildings
  • LO3. calculate daylight metrics
  • LO4. design structures to manipulate daylight in buildings
  • LO5. critically evaluate daylight strategies through the use of specialist software
  • LO6. share knowledge with colleagues and effectively collaborate in achieving common goals
  • LO7. critically and synthetically analyse the issues, and efficaciously communicate technical information in written, oral and visual form.