A review of daylight illuminance determinations and energy implications

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2109-2118
Journal / PublicationApplied Energy
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010


Daylighting is recognized as an important element in architecture and a useful strategy in energy-efficient building designs. Daylight gives a sense of cheeriness and brightness that can have a significant positive impact on the people. There is a scope for integrating daylight with electric light to reduce building energy use. The amount of daylight entering a building is mainly through window openings, which create in the indoor environment a more attractive and pleasing atmosphere, in addition to maximise visual access to the pleasant views of the outside world. Determinations of the exterior and interior daylight and lighting energy savings are key issues to demonstrate the benefits based on daylighting designs. This paper provides a review of daylight illuminance determinations and the lighting energy reductions due to daylighting schemes. The study includes daylight measurements, prediction of daylight illuminance under various sky conditions and potential electric lighting energy savings from daylight-linked lighting controls. The article aims at providing building professionals, practitioners and researchers more information and a better understanding of daylight for promoting effective daylighting designs and evaluations. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Research Area(s)

  • CIE standard skies, Daylight factor, Daylight illuminance, Lighting controls, Sky obstruction