This authoritative and multi-disciplinary book provides architects, lighting specialists, and anyone else working daylight into design, with all the tools needed to incorporate this most fundamental element of architecture.

It includes:

  • an overview of current practice of daylighting in architecture and urban planning
  • a review of recent research on daylighting and what this means to the practitioner
  • a global vision of architectural lighting which is linked to the climates of the world and which integrates view, sunlight, diffuse skylight and electric lighting
  • up-to-date tools for design in practice
  • delivery of information in a variety of ways for interdisciplinary readers: graphics, mathematics, text, photographs and in-depth illustrations
  • a clear structure: eleven chapters covering different aspects of lighting, a set of worksheets giving step-by-step examples of calculations and design procedures for use in practice, and a collection of algorithms and equations for reference by specialists and software designers.

This book should trigger creative thought. It recognizes that good lighting design needs both knowledge and imagination.

chapter 1|28 pages

Criteria of good daylighting

chapter 2|28 pages

What light does

chapter 3|17 pages

The daylight climate

chapter 4|34 pages

Daylight and the form of buildings

chapter 5|8 pages

Energy and control

chapter 7|17 pages

Daylight factors

chapter 8|19 pages

Daylight illuminance

chapter 10|12 pages

Daylight coefficients and numerical models

chapter 11|11 pages

Notes and references