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Sustainability 2018, 10(8), 2653; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10082653

Application of Climate Based Daylight Modelling to the Refurbishment of a School Building in Sicily

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School of the Built Environment, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading RG6 6AW, UK
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Department of Electric, Electronic and Computer Engineering, University of Catania, Viale A. Doria 6, 95125 Catania, Italy
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Received: 29 June 2018 / Revised: 22 July 2018 / Accepted: 25 July 2018 / Published: 28 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Lighting and Energy Saving)
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This paper aims at promoting the use of Climate Based Daylight Modelling (CBDM) and related state-of-the-art metrics by discussing a range of design options to improve daylight fruition in rooms with different orientation, shape, function, and furniture of an elementary school that is located in the Mediterranean climate of Agira (Italy). The local climatic conditions, with clear skies for most of the year, require the integration of different shading and re-directing systems with the existing envelope and rooms’ layout. Results show that the dynamic modelling is a powerful and ‘creative’ tool in the designer’s hands, which helps to inform about the choice of the most appropriate technological solutions and on their architectural integration. Comparison with mostly used static daylight metrics, such as the average Daylight Factor (aDF) and the Uniformity Ratio (UR), reveals a contrast with what would be suggested if considering these metrics alone, as prescribed by the Italian legislation. These outcomes rebate the need of performing more accurate and dynamic daylight simulations using recorded (i.e., varying) rather than fixed sky conditions to correctly inform the design process. View Full-Text
Keywords: daylighting; school building; measurement campaign; building simulation; climate based daylight modelling daylighting; school building; measurement campaign; building simulation; climate based daylight modelling
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Costanzo, V.; Evola, G.; Marletta, L.; Pistone Nascone, F. Application of Climate Based Daylight Modelling to the Refurbishment of a School Building in Sicily. Sustainability 2018, 10, 2653.

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