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Lighting simulation for a more value-driven building design process
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineeering and Lighting Science. Department of Architecture and Built Environment, Lund University.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5755-5504
2016 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Concerns about global warming are increasing, hence, the urgency to cut carbon emissions. Reducing energy consumption, including lighting energy, is seen as the primary solution. Yet, solving the environmental factor should not come at the cost of other pillars of sustainable development. Rather, maximizing the total value of the building should be the focus. Maximizing value in the context of lighting entails improving the quality of the lighting. This study has investigated how lighting simulation could help in achieving better lighting quality. The aim of the thesis was defined as to understand the underlying architecture of lighting simulation and obtain an overview of its characteristics and applications as well as to study the use of current simulation tools.

The theoretical background of lighting simulation (in the domain of Systems Engineering) was reviewed from the literature. This revealed the missing and imperfect links in the solution-to-value chain. The thesis suggests the use of a new base metric, Retinal Illuminance Map, as a solution, which in combination with black box simulation of a visual system can help repair this incomplete chain.

The study of the current lighting simulation tools (Paper 1) revealed that illuminance-based metrics, luminance-based metrics, daylight availability metrics, and glare indexes are the most available performance metrics in existing lighting simulation tools. Based on usability, acceptability, availability, and previous references in the literature six software programs (Radiance, DAYSIM, Evalglare, DIALux, VELUX, and VISSLA) were selected and compared. It was found that no single tool could meet all the needs of a designer, hence, simulation tool(s) should be selected (or combined) according to the requirements of project goals and the stage of design.

Building on these studies, applications of lighting simulation were identified and compiled in relation to different aspects, including performance metrics, stages of design, optimization, model integration, BIM, and parametric modeling.

To obtain first-hand information about lighting designers’ experience, an online survey was conducted in Sweden (Paper 2). The results showed that lighting simulation programs were widely (90%) used in Sweden for analysis and/or rendering purposes. The majority of lighting designers considered both daylight and artificial light in their design. Factors such as ease-of use, simulation time and training had more weight than accuracy and the diversity of metrics in practitioner’s eyes. Surrogate modeling was identified as a solution for speeding up simulation time, which would also enable exploration of design solution space especially in the early design stage.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Miljöpsykologiska enheten, Institutionen för arkitektur, Lunds tekniska högskola , 2016. , 56 p.
, Miljöpsykologiska monografier / Institutionen för arkitektur, Lunds tekniska högskola, ISSN 0280-8269
Keyword [en]
lighting simulation, lighting design, lighting quality, energy efficiency, perception
National Category
Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-31701OAI: diva2:967485
2016-05-30, 13:15 (English)
Available from: 2016-09-14 Created: 2016-09-08 Last updated: 2016-09-14Bibliographically approved

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