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Illumination Design for Sustainable Building Environments

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Green Building".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2023) | Viewed by 2970

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Graduate Institute of Color and Illumination Technology, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei 106, Taiwan
Interests: intelligent lighting; human-centric lighting; healthy lighting; color and infrared sensing; ultraviolet sterilization

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The post-epidemic era has seen architectural emphasis on the core values of human health and global sustainability. With “light” as an essential parameter, the application of green and intelligent lighting technology is crucial when considering human factors and sustainable development. Lighting is related to 5 of the United Nations' 17 global sustainable development goals (SDGs), including "good health and well-being", "affordable and clean energy", "sustainable cities and communities", "responsible consumption and production”, and “climate action”. Therefore, researchers in the field of illumination design must explore more energy-efficient lighting solutions while considering environmental protection and sustainable development. Through this, we hope to develop more sustainable lighting environments.

This Special Issue aims to highlight the latest research in the illumination design field. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

(1) Lighting visual environments

(2) Smart lighting for buildings and cities

(3) Energy-saving lighting methods

(4) Sustainable architectural lighting

(5) Healthy buildings and lighting

(6) Comfortable lighting

(7) The application of natural light

(8) Light pollution research.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Tsung-Xian Lee
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • human-centered lighting
  • healthy lighting
  • intelligent lighting
  • sustainable lighting
  • LED solid-state lighting
  • daylighting
  • illumination design
  • lighting techniques
  • lighting environment optimization
  • light pollution

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Optimized Design of Skylight Arrangement to Enhance the Uniformity of Indoor Sunlight Illumination
by Bowen Jia, Wenjie Li, Guanyu Chen, Wenbin Sun, Bowen Wang and Ning Xu
Sustainability 2023, 15(14), 11257; https://doi.org/10.3390/su151411257 - 19 Jul 2023
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The use of skylights in buildings introduces natural light into the interior space, thereby reducing the reliance on artificial lighting and aligning with the principles of low carbon and environmental sustainability. To ensure optimal indoor lighting quality, it is essential to optimize the [...] Read more.
The use of skylights in buildings introduces natural light into the interior space, thereby reducing the reliance on artificial lighting and aligning with the principles of low carbon and environmental sustainability. To ensure optimal indoor lighting quality, it is essential to optimize the arrangement of skylights to strike a balance between high average illumination and uniformity of illumination. Recent initiatives by the Chinese government have emphasized the construction and renovation of numerous gymnasiums. In this research, a novel approach based on optimized algorithms was employed to design skylights and improve the uniformity of indoor illuminance. Simulation results demonstrated that the skylight arrangements derived from the optimization algorithms exhibited significantly higher levels of illumination uniformity, while maintaining comparable average illumination and skylight areas, when compared to conventional designs. Additionally, the study employed genetic algorithms to optimize the skylight arrangement for a specific gymnasium, resulting in a remarkable 32% increase in illumination uniformity. The study also accounted for obstacles and seating in the skylight design, and the genetic algorithm generated desirable skylight arrangements with respective increases of 32% and 21% in illumination uniformity for scenarios involving obstacles and seating. Overall, this study underscores the potential of optimized algorithms in the design of skylights for green buildings, offering valuable insights for future research endeavors in this field. Full article
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Design of an Equipped Vehicle for In Situ Road Lighting Measurement
by Cheng-Hsien Chen, Shau-Wei Hsu, Tsung-Hsun Yang and Ching-Cherng Sun
Sustainability 2023, 15(13), 10478; https://doi.org/10.3390/su151310478 - 3 Jul 2023
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Sustainable road lighting aims to minimize energy consumption and reduce carbon emissions. Road lighting assessment helps evaluate the energy efficiency of lighting systems, including the selection of appropriate lighting fixtures, efficient lamp technologies (such as LED), and lighting control strategies. Assessments can identify [...] Read more.
Sustainable road lighting aims to minimize energy consumption and reduce carbon emissions. Road lighting assessment helps evaluate the energy efficiency of lighting systems, including the selection of appropriate lighting fixtures, efficient lamp technologies (such as LED), and lighting control strategies. Assessments can identify areas for improvement and guide the implementation of energy-saving measures. This study introduces a new technology that utilizes a specially equipped vehicle to efficiently and quickly measure photometric quantities on long, illuminated roads. The measurement ranges for illuminance and luminance are (0.1 to 1000) lx and (0.1 to 100) cd/m2, respectively. The equipped vehicle has a positioning resolution of less than 1 cm. A sampling distance of less than 2 m while traveling at a speed of approximately 20 km/h and a sampling rate of 3 samples/s. To test the system’s applicability, the road used in this study was slightly sloped and curved. The results indicate a strong correlation between the illuminance distributions measured by the new method and those measured by traditional methods, thereby confirming the effectiveness of this innovative approach. Full article
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