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Buildings 2017, 7(4), 82; doi:10.3390/buildings7040082

A Conceptual Framework for Integration of Evidence-Based Design with Lighting Simulation Tools

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Department of Construction Engineering and Lighting Science, School of Engineering, Jönköping University, P.O. Box 1026, SE-551 11 Jönköping, Sweden
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Department of Nursing Science, School of Health and Welfare, Jönköping University, P.O. Box 1026, SE-551 11 Jönköping, Sweden
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Received: 13 July 2017 / Revised: 21 August 2017 / Accepted: 12 September 2017 / Published: 22 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Building Design and Daylighting Performance)
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Abstract

The use of lighting simulation tools has been growing over the past years which has improved lighting analysis. While computer simulations have proven to be a viable tool for analyzing lighting in physical environments, they have difficulty in assessing the effects of light on occupant’s perception. Evidence-based design (EBD) is a design method that is gaining traction in building design due to its strength in providing means to assess the effects of built environments on humans. The aim of this study was to develop a conceptual framework for integrating EBD with lighting simulation tools. Based on a literature review, it was investigated how EBD and lighting simulation can be combined to provide a holistic lighting performance evaluation method. The results show that they can mutually benefit from each other. EBD makes it possible to evaluate and/or improve performance metrics by utilizing user feedback. On the other hand, performance metrics can be used for a better description of evidence, and to analyze the effects of lighting with more details. The results also show that EBD can be used to evaluate light simulations to better understand when and how they should be performed. A framework is presented for integration of lighting simulation and EBD. View Full-Text
Keywords: daylighting; evidence-based design (EBD); building performance simulation (BPS); performance-based design (PBD); computational modelling; lighting simulation tools; human-centric lighting design; post-occupancy evaluation (POE) daylighting; evidence-based design (EBD); building performance simulation (BPS); performance-based design (PBD); computational modelling; lighting simulation tools; human-centric lighting design; post-occupancy evaluation (POE)
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Davoodi, A.; Johansson, P.; Henricson, M.; Aries, M. A Conceptual Framework for Integration of Evidence-Based Design with Lighting Simulation Tools. Buildings 2017, 7, 82.

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