Relation between daylight availability and electric lighting in a single-family house
Journal article, Peer reviewed
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Original versionIOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science (EES). 2019, 352 1-8. 10.1088/1755-1315/352/1/012034
Daylight availability is an important aspect that can potentially improve both the quality and the energy performance of buildings. However, it is not always straightforward easy to assure that an increase in the daylight availability leads to a reduction of electric energy use for artificial lighting. In this study, experimental measurements and numerical simulations were conducted to analyse the relation between the uses of artificial light and the daylighting availability for different groups of users who lived for one month each in a Zero Emission Building single-family house located in Trondheim, Norway. The use of electric lighting and the outdoor environment conditions (irradiance and illuminance on the horizontal plan) were recorded through advanced daylighting simulations, carried out with DIVA-for-Rhino, the daylighting availability during the periods of occupancy was then reconstructed, using as input data the outdoor environmental variable recorded during the experimental analysis. The results show that the coefficient of correlation between daylight availability and the artificial light is in general low and the use of artificial lighting seems to be largely independent from the availability of natural light.