Paper Conference

Proceedings of eSim 2018: 10th Conference of IBPSA-Canada


Daylight Simulation for Multi-Unit Residential Buildings: Occupant-Centered Approaches to Assessment

Terri Peters, Ted Kesik

Abstract: New simulation tools for daylight have been tested on specific building types, mostly offices and schools. To date there have been very few simulation-based studies of daylighting in multi-unit residential buildings. Recent studies have shown strong connections between daylight and occupant wellbeing, not only in places where people work and study, but also in the home. New climate-based computer simulation tools allow designers the chance to test design options to better focus on daylit environments that promote wellbeing and quality of life, as well as productivity and energy conservation. This paper is derived from a larger, ongoing study and it evaluates design options for several differently shaped and oriented apartment floorplans using DIVA, a computational daylight simulation software. The paper offers findings specifically about the particular daylight issues related to multi-unit residential buildings. Further, the paper suggests new methods for including wellbeing in current daylight simulation workflows.
Keywords: design, daylight, multi-unit residential building (MURB), occupant-centered, wellbeing.
Pages: 331 - 340