A Behavioral Approach to Daylighting Design

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Daylight is increasingly becoming an important research topic in architectural studies because of its physiological and psychological benefits in addition to its energy saving potential. While much has been written about the virtues of daylighting, little research exists about how daylighting affects our behavior and how architects might design accordingly. The available design recommendations focus mainly on the quantitative aspects of illumination, seldom taking into account the preferences of building occupants, their moods, and behaviors. If building occupants are to receive the full benefit of daylight, architects must understand how people react to their luminous environment and adjust their activities accordingly. In this paper, we consider daylighting from a user's behavioral perspective and offer a methodology for such a study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-87
Number of pages9
JournalLight and Engineering
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2009


  • Behavioral approach
  • Daylight
  • Physiological (hormonal) response
  • Physiology
  • Psychology
  • Sunlight penetration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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