Special Issue "Advances in Discomfort Glare Research"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2018)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Sergio Altomonte

Architecture et Climat, Faculté d'Architecture, d'Ingénierie Architecturale, d'Urbanisme (LOCI), Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-neuve, Belgium
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Interests: Architecture, Daylighting, Discomfort Glare, Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ), Sustainable Environmental Design, Comfort and well being
Guest Editor
Dr. Michael Kent

Department of Architecture and Building, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
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Interests: Discomfort glare, Daylighting in buildings, Human psychophysics, IEQ

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite submissions for a Special Issue of Buildings, centred on advances in discomfort glare research. Although there have recently been several important developments in this field (e.g., the DGP glare index, application of HDR photography, new metrics, etc.), the robust prediction and evaluation of the subjective sensation of discomfort generated from a glare source is still characterised by uncertainties, particularly in the presence of daylight. On these basis, to encourage and disseminate progress in methods and new findings, we particularly welcome papers from groups of scholars in which the first author is a young researcher (e.g., doctoral or postdoctoral), presenting contributions focusing on, but not limited to: new methods of experimental design, data collection and statistical analysis from laboratory, test room, or field studies; the influence on the magnitude and occurrence of discomfort glare of variables different from those conventionally included in glare formulae (e.g., physio-psychological responses, temporal or personal factors, individual characteristics, etc.); the introduction and evaluation of new glare metrics, indices or scales; new methodologies of glare detection and/or prediction based on measurement or computer simulation; new glare protection and daylighting systems and strategies; etc.

Prof. Sergio Altomonte
Dr. Michael Kent
Guest Editors

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  • Discomfort glare
  • Daylighting and lighting
  • Metrics
  • Experimental design
  • Research methods
  • Human response
  • Glare index
  • Statistical modelling
  • Computer simulation
  • Shading systems

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Open AccessFeature PaperArticle Daylight Discomfort Glare Evaluation with Evalglare: Influence of Parameters and Methods on the Accuracy of Discomfort Glare Prediction
Received: 26 June 2018 / Revised: 17 July 2018 / Accepted: 17 July 2018 / Published: 24 July 2018
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Nowadays, discomfort glare indices are frequently calculated by using evalglare. Due to the lack of knowledge on the implications of the methods and parameters of evalglare, the default settings are often used. But wrong parameter settings can lead to inappropriate glare source detection
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Nowadays, discomfort glare indices are frequently calculated by using evalglare. Due to the lack of knowledge on the implications of the methods and parameters of evalglare, the default settings are often used. But wrong parameter settings can lead to inappropriate glare source detection and therefore to invalid glare indices calculations and erroneous glare classifications. For that reason, this study aims to assess the influence of several glare source detection methods and parameters on the accuracy of discomfort glare prediction for daylight. This analysis uses two datasets, representative of the two types of discomfort glare: saturation and contrast glare. By computing three different statistical indicators to describe the accuracy of discomfort glare prediction, 63 different settings are compared. The results suggest that the choice of an evalglare method should be done when considering the type of glare that is most likely to occur in the visual scene: the task area method should be preferred for contrast glare scenes, and the threshold method for saturation glare scenes. The parameters that should be favored or avoided are also discussed, although a deeper understanding of the discomfort glare mechanism and a clear definition of a glare source would be necessary to reliably interpret these results. Full article
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