Efficient daylighting approach by means of light-shelve device adequate for habitat program in Aarhus City

Author(s): Asaad Almssada*, Amjad Almusaedb
a Department of Engineering and Chemical Sciences, Karlstad University, Karlstad, Sweden
b Department of Sustainable architecture, Archcrea Institute, Aarhus, Denmark
International Journal of Smart Grid and Clean Energy, vol. 3, no. 4, October 2014: pp. 441-453
ISSN: 2315-4462 (Print)
ISSN: 2373-3594 (Online)
Digital Object Identifier: 10.12720/sgce.3.4.

AbstractThe concepts of light shelves consist of windows that have face towards the sun, which receive a vast quantity of energy that could be used for healthy day lighting. This paper debates a main assessment, investigates the optimization of daylight requirement by means of light shelves system. An experimental test was carried out assessing the measurements and lighting simulations of a model of a building in order to elucidate the characteristics of indoor lighting. Light shelf is an architectural element that permits daylight to enter deep into a building. It constitutes an optimal solution for an incorrect building orientation and less sunny days. The essential objective of this study is to highlight the vital role of light shelves in residential buildings in northern Europa where the requirement is to improve the daylight in the interior functional spaces. The main objects of this paper are to investigate the effect of daylight in the interior functional spaces using light shelves, the effect of natural light diffusion in interior space in the period of low daylight season, and glare effect in this field. This paper investigates a procedure for analysing the daylight performance using software habitat function program. The experiment focuses on the difference between light shelves placed in the interior, vs. on the exterior.

KeywordsLight shelves; daylighting; habitat space; optical comfort

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