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Proceedings of BSO Conference 2016: Third Conference of IBPSA-England


Assessment Of Indoor Visual Environments Using Dementia-Friendly Design Criteria In Day Care Centres

María Carmen Carballeira Rodríguez, Neveen Hamza

Abstract: This research assesses whether the indoor visual environment in three day care centres in Galicia (Spain) for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia (ADOD), complies with a set of dementia-friendly design criteria and principles of environmental psychology. Qualitative evaluations, combined with measurements of indoor lighting parameters (i.e. horizontal and vertical illuminances EH, EV; correlated colour temperature - CCT), are conducted to assess the indoor visual conditions. Building Performance Simulation (BPS) is used to evaluate the indoor daylight availability. The study highlights that indoor visual aids and lighting levels for task undertaking and circadian entrainment are insufficient. Altough BPS can underpin daylight contribution from the design stage, further research regarding daylight metrics is needed to include nonvisual effects of light within the BPS capabilities.
Pages: 154 - 161