Daylight, architecture and people's health

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While the evidence linking light to a plethora of health issues is plentiful, building industry and its regulatory bodies are yet to address this issue in a manner that reflects its saliency. It has been suggested that one way to cultivate support for daylighting legislation is to underscore its health effects. Though these may be long term ones, they are, nonetheless, real and should be taken into serious consideration. Many cities around the world have now zoning ordinances that legislate public access to sunlight in streets and public parks, but this legislation still doesnt go far enough to command the presence of sunlight inside peoples homes and workplaces. For the most part, sunlight (or daylight) is still considered as an amenity in our living and workplaces. The question that remains unanswered is whether it is really only an amenity? This paper examines the relationship between light and human health and discusses daylighting standards in light of this relationship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEnvironmental Health Risk IV
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 2007
Event4th International Conference on the Impact of Environmental Factors on Health 2007 - , Malta
Duration: Jun 27 2007Jun 29 2007

Publication series

NameWIT Transactions on Biomedicine and Health
ISSN (Print)1743-3525


Other4th International Conference on the Impact of Environmental Factors on Health 2007


  • Sunlight health vitamin D lighting standards

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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