Measurements of solar radiation and illuminance on vertical surfaces and daylighting implications

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389-404
Journal / PublicationRenewable Energy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2000


There is a growing concern about the rapid development of infrastructure and building projects and their likely impacts on the environment. Particular concerns have been raised about office building developments and energy consumption issues. In recent years, there has been increasing interest in using daylight to save energy in buildings. Lighting control integrated with daylighting is recognised as an important and useful strategy in terms of energy-efficient building design. It is believed that proper daylighting schemes can help reduce the electrical demand and contribute to achieving environmentally sustainable building developments. This paper presents a simple method for estimating the likely energy savings in electric lighting due to daylighting and the possible cooling penalty. Vertical solar radiation and illuminance data measurements are described. Cumulative frequency distributions of daylight availability are reported. The likely energy savings in office buildings are determined based on on-off and top-up controls, and the energy and environmental implications are discussed. © Elsevier Science Ltd.

Research Area(s)

  • Air-conditioned office buildings, Daylighting, Energy savings, Solar radiation and illuminance measurements, Vertical surfaces