Themes of wellbeing associated with daylighting practice and shading systems in working environment

Salah mansour abdelrahman, M ORCID: and Coates, SP ORCID: 2022, Themes of wellbeing associated with daylighting practice and shading systems in working environment , in: IPGRC 2022: Resilience in Research and Practice, April 4th – 6th 2022, Online/Virtual.

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Daylighting conditions throughout an internal space directly impact building occupant health and wellbeing. Various physiological and psychological benefits have been attributed to the presence of daylight in buildings. A shading system is considered one of the most preferred strategies to enhance building facade performance. Shading advantages are limited to protecting a building facade from direct sunlight issues and controlling the amount of natural light in a space. Recommended practices in daylighting design primarily focus on improving energy efficiency rather than health and well-being potential. While some of the biological influences associated with the amount of daylight received by building occupants and its impact on their stress, level of productivity, and sleep quality are well documented, there is a general ambiguity in the literature about measuring occupant wellbeing related to daylighting design. Many studies relied on assessing daylight exposure as an indicator to measure users' health and well-being directly. Other studies measure visual comfort resulting from having enough contrast in daylighting Illuminance as a way to quantify wellbeing. This paper aims to define themes of wellbeing related to daylight design founded in related studies referring to the role of shading systems to improve daylight inside the working environment. This paper is structured into three sections; the first section aims to provide background information to those who are not deeply involved in the topic through a review of what wellbeing means in theories and why work and wellbeing are important. The second section is a critical review of 12 related studies using a thematic analysis method to extract the approaches used to quantify wellbeing related to daylighting and shading systems. The final section provides a summary of the article, highlights the main knowledge contributions, and provides future research recommendations. The findings illustrate the gaps found in wellbeing assessment tools and the needs to establish a holistic approach consisting of three factors: daylight, outside view, and shading systems.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
Schools > School of the Built Environment
Journal or Publication Title: IPGRC Conference 2022 - Resilience in Research and Practice
Publisher: University of Salford
Depositing User: Mohamed Salah mansour abdelrahman
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2023 09:32
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2023 09:45

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