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Title: The sunlight beam index: a new metric to quantify the sunlight potential of arbitrarily complex building apertures
Authors: Mardaljevic, John
Roy, N.
Keywords: Sunlight
Planning
Building guidelines
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: © Commission Internationale de l'Eclairage
Citation: MARDALJEVIC, J. and ROY, N., 2015. The sunlight beam index: A new metric to quantify the sunlight potential of arbitrarily complex building apertures. Presented at: The 28th Session of the International Commission on Illumination (CIE 2015), 28th June-4th July 2015, Manchester.
Abstract: This paper describes a fundamental rethinking of the basis for the evaluation of the sunlight potential of spaces. It aims to provide a methodology to answer the question: how much sunlight can enter a room? The measure proposed is the cross-sectional area of sunlight beam that: (a) passes through a window; and, (b) enters the main volume of the internal space. The new measure – called the sunlight beam index – is described, and examples are given for a realistic residential house. The sunlight beam index (SBI) is determined for all full year on a timestep basis (e.g. 15 minutes) but can be aggregated into monthly or yearly totals. The annual total provides a single measure for: one window; a group of windows; or, all the windows for an entire dwelling. Thus the measure is ideally suited for rating, planning and/or guideline purposes
Description: This is a conference paper.
Version: Accepted for publication
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/19989
Publisher Link: http://session2015.cie.co.at/
Appears in Collections:Conference Papers (Civil and Building Engineering)

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