Daylighting and Health

Mohamed Boubekri
School of Architecture University of Illinois USA

Health issues related to the presence or absence of daylight in building will be the subject of this lecture.
Daylighting already appeared in the 70s as a key element of sustainable architecture as result of the energy crisis. But most of the buildings in the last two decades have not adopted any strategy for the active use of daylighting and regulations in favor of making its use compulsory are rare if none-existent. However obvious as it may seem, the relationship between daylighting, or lack thereof, and health is becoming a central focus of researchers and the professional community.
The active use of daylight in a controlled way allows defined design objective to be achieved which aims at both energy savings and an improvement in health. In this context appropriate strategies must be applied for daylighting which take account of the geographical location, the climate and the type of building construction. Furthermore it is essential to combine architecture, sustainable technologies and the energy / environmental performance of the building.

Dr. Mohamed Boubekri is a professor of architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses on sustainable architecture and the intersection of the built environment and human health and well-being. His teaching has encompassed such areas as architectural design, building illumination, architectural acoustics, building economics, daylighting design, energy and building performance assessments. He has taught in several institutions around the world including Canada, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates and the United States.

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