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Daylight In Atrium Buildings: A Critical Review

S. Sharples, D. Lash
Published 2007 · Engineering

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Abstract Using daylight as part of an integrated and controlled lighting strategy is a key component of a sustainable, environmental approach to architectural design. An atrium is potentially a major source of daylight for deep plan buildings and offers other environmental benefits in terms of solar gain, reduced energy losses and natural ventilation. For daylight design, the key atrium components are the roof fenestration system, the geometry of the atrium well, the reflectance of the well's surfaces and the daylight levels achieved in spaces adjacent to the well. This review will consider the research relating to daylight in atrium buildings that has taken place during the last 15 years since ca 1990, much of which has been reported in the Architectural Science Review.
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