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By Mohamed Boubekri

For hundreds of thousands of years humans have aligned their houses with the sunlight. This tendency reduced with the supply of synthetic gentle. but, because of the overall healthiness results of man-made mild in addition to emerging strength expenses, the difficulty of designing with sunlight is of serious significance back this day. the first target of sunlight platforms is to make greatest use of sunlight for definite development varieties and climates. The e-book records a few of the dimensions of the optimal use of sunlight with specific connection with window orientation, gentle distribution, and prism expertise, and discusses the health and wellbeing and fiscal similar elements. within the ultimate bankruptcy, present layout innovations are documented intimately, together with the growth of the artwork Institute of Chicago Museum within the usa by way of Renzo Piano construction Workshop,Terminal three of the Changi Airport in Singapore by way of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and the smart condominium in Germany by way of Behnisch Architekten.

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Only by adequate daylighting, is necessary. Therefore one cannot deny the important role that architects and building professionals can play in this regard. In northern latitudes where winters are long and daylight hours are short, people go to work during the dark and return home during the dark. This is true for three to four months a year. In addition to people living in northern latitudes having short winter days and long winter seasons, there are plenty of people whose work conditions do not allow them to be in touch with daylight and may be considered at risk of experiencing SAD.

2011). Since light intensity is a catalyst for serotonin secretion, there is reason to believe that daylight deficiency may cause such disorders. Working in a windowless environment or in spaces that are deprived of adequate daylight may induce SAD. The natural balance between serotonin and melatonin levels must be maintained for our internal clock to function properly. The absence of such a balance causes problems for people. The light levels that are needed to spur the secretion of serotonin cannot be supplied by electric light due to energy considerations.

Many post-occupancy surveys have put the lighting condition as one of the most important attributes for office workers. For all these reasons it became important to study daylighting including sunlighting conditions. Sunlight often is considered an amenity for living or working spaces. However, the appreciation of sunlight by occupants depends on the type of building and the types of activities that take place in a space. People like sunlight, provided that no associated discomfort disturbs their activities; when sunlight enters a space, it creates a condition noticeable by the building occupant and may be perceived positively or negatively.

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