Special Issue "Advancements in Daylighting in Buildings"


A special issue of Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2015)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Richard Mistrick
Department of Architectural Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA
Website: http://www.engr.psu.edu/ae/faculty/mistrick/index.asp
E-Mail: rmistrick@psu.edu
Phone: +1-814-863-2086
Interests: lighting and daylighting system modeling and performance; integrated electric lighting photocontrol systems; building energy analysis; optical design

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Daylighting in building is increasing in importance as a means of improving the interior environment for occupants, and as a means for saving energy through a reduction in the electric lighting power required during daylight hours. New tools and metrics that provide annual simulations of performance are changing the way design professionals evaluate these systems during the building design process. Assessment of system performance requires modeling tools to address dynamic daylight conditions, the activation of automatic or user-controlled shading devices at the daylight apertures, the performance of glazing materials, shading and other light redirecting devices. Annual daylighting metrics consider daylight penetration and distribution across a space over time, the layout and performance of lighting control systems, and the lighting quality within a space. System design, shading device features, and electric lighting control must consider the occupants’ preference for view, personal control, pleasantness of luminance patterns, and the elimination of unwanted direct and reflected glare, all of which require further study. This special issue focuses on recent advances in daylight modeling, metrics, equipment, design strategies, and human factors research that will lead to the creation of environments with improved daylighting systems performance in the future.

Papers that address modern daylighting tools, strategies, equipment, human factors research, and related areas that aim to improve the design, analysis and application of daylighting in buildings of all types are encouraged. We look forward to reviewing your contribution.

Dr. Richard Mistrick
Guest Editor


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  • daylighting
  • daylight modeling
  • daylighting metrics
  • integrated lighting control
  • photocontrol
  • daylight delivery systems
  • shading devices
  • daylight redirection
  • daylight harvesting
  • building energy
  • human factors in daylighting

Published Papers

No papers have been published in this special issue yet, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Type of Paper: Article
Validation of the Radiance three-phase simulation method using published validation datasets for conventional window systems
Andrew McNeil
Windows and Envelope Materials Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 1 Cyclotron Road MS 90R3111, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
Radiance has a new annual simulation method, called the three-phase method, which enables annual simulation of optically complex fenestration systems. A previous validation of the three-phase method for a daylight redirecting system shows close agreement between measured and simulated illuminance at work plane illuminance sensors (McNeil and Lee, 2012).  However in the previous validation, the sun does not shine directly on the work plane illuminance sensors, instead all daylight is redirected to the ceiling and reaches the sensors indirectly.
This study uses validation datasets for climate based daylight simulation published by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) and the National Research Council (NRC) Canada.  The datasets contain measured illuminance for spaces with specular glazing systems. Our results demonstrate that while the three-phase method provides accurate results over the balance of the year, it is not capable of providing accurate results for individual time steps when direct sunlight is incident on work plane illuminance sensors.  This is particularly troublesome when illuminance results are used to determine shading positions at individual time step, which is proposed by emerging annual daylight metrics.

Last update: 16 December 2014

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