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Dynamic Daylight Indicator for Seasonal Spaces: Application to Non-university Classrooms

Alejandro Ruiz Fernández de Angulo, Miguel A. Campano, Ignacio J. Acosta, and Jesica Fernández-Agüera
Department of Building Construction I, University of Seville, Seville, Spain

Abstract — This research proposes a new dynamic metric for natural lighting, called Partial Daylight Autonomy (DAp), generated from another existing and widely used metric, Daylight Autonomy (DA), so as to permit a more accurate daylight study of any space with a characteristic seasonal use. In this way, it is possible to optimize the size of windows in facade to achieve an efficient illumination level and faithful to the real necessity, removing the divergence that DA generates when months with no occupation are considered in calculations. This methodology is applied on a case study based on a multipurpose classroom of a secondary school, as an example of building with seasonal use.

Index Terms — dynamic metrics, partial daylight autonomy, seasonal use buildings, efficient illumination, natural illumination, architecture and health

Cite: Alejandro Ruiz Fernández de Angulo, Miguel A. Campano, Ignacio J. Acosta, and Jesica Fernández-Agüera, "Dynamic Daylight Indicator for Seasonal Spaces: Application to Non-university Classrooms," International Journal of Structural and Civil Engineering Research, Vol. 9, No. 4, pp. 318-322, November 2020. doi: 10.18178/ijscer.9.4.318-322