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Dynamic internal light shelf for tropical daylighting in high-rise office buildings

Lim, Yaik Wah and Heng, C. Y. S. (2016) Dynamic internal light shelf for tropical daylighting in high-rise office buildings. Building and Environment, 106 . pp. 155-166. ISSN 0360-1323

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2016.06.030


Many high-rise offices in tropical regions do not have good quality of daylighting despite having abundance of daylight. Due to large glazed façade without external shading device, the office spaces receive high indoor illuminance with non-uniform distribution and glare problems. Thereby, efforts are needed to look into effective internal shading which is flexible to be installed by office tenants without modifying external façade. Daylighting performance of various internal light shelves was studied using Radiance-based simulation. The simulation results were validated against physical scaled model experiment and the results indicated significant Pearson correlations which ranged from 0.826 to 0.985. This study proved that high-rise office without any shading had poor daylighting quality with average illuminance as high as 11,193 lux and uniformity ratio below 0.1. Light Shelf (LS) 6 and LS 4 exhibited the best performance under intermediate sky, whereas LS 2 was the best under overcast sky. Although there was a decrease in illuminance level when comparing the optimum cases to the Base Case (ranging from −62.0% to −34.1%), the optimum cases showed a significant increase in distribution uniformity which was up to 178.6%. The finding has proposed a dynamic internal light shelf which could provide optimum daylighting performance for different sky conditions, times, months and orientations under tropical sky. Nevertheless, the proposed light shelf did not give significant improvement in Guth Visual Comfort Probability and CIE Glare Index. Thus, further studies are needed to consider the impacts of other types of shading and glazing on glare prevention.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:physical scaled model, tropical climate
Subjects:T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
Divisions:Built Environment
ID Code:69247
Deposited By: Siti Nor Hashidah Zakaria
Deposited On:22 Nov 2017 08:45
Last Modified:22 Nov 2017 08:45

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