Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Advanced Lighting Design

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Environmental Design

DESCRIPTION This study-unit is part of a series that address the environmental performance of buildings. Lighting, both natural and artificial, is a very important component of the environmental comfort within a building. The study-unit will consist of a series of lectures, laboratory/on site experimental work, and simulation software demonstration sessions, intended to inculcate into students the importance of a scientific approach to the design of lighting.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit takes students into the more advanced, scientific aspects of lighting design, including daylight prediction models, and design of artificial lighting schemes. As far as daylighting lighting is concerned, the study-unit will address the characteristics of glazing and shading schemes, the different strategies that can be adopted to enhance daylighting. Students will use models in simulated sky-rooms and sun-path models, to study daylighting levels, as well as the use of software to simulate, and calculate, daylighting levels in buildings. As far as concerns artificial lighting, students will be introduced to methods of designing artificial lighting schemes, to types and characteristics of light sources, as well as to intelligent lighting, the integration of lighting systems into building design, and the main features of lighting control systems.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Predict the effect of aperture design and layout on the daylighting inside buildings;
- Understand the effect of the characteristics of glass on the daylight inside buildings;
- Assess and apply various strategies for the efficient daylighting of buildings;
- Choose appropriate light sources and their distribution for artificial lighting schemes;
- Identify the lighting control systems that are available and apply them to specific design problems.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Use models to study the effect of daylighting within buildings;
- Use daylight prediction software to calculate lighting levels within buildings;
- Use artificial design software to design internal and external lighting schemes;
- Specify the main requirements of a lighting control scheme;
- Use a light meter to measure lighting levels;
- Specify the characteristics of the glass required for apertures, and the characteristics of light sources for artificial lighting schemes.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Text/s:

- Brandi Licht, U. Lighting Design: Principles, Implementation,Case Studies, Detail Practice, Birkhauser, 2006.
- Kaltenbach, F. (ed.), Translucent Materials, Detail Praxis, Birkhauser, 2004.
- Weller, B., Harth, K., Tasche, S., Unnewehr, S., Glass in Building: Principles, Applications, Examples., Detail Practice, Birkhauser, 2009.
- Loe, D. Lighting.
- Thomas, R. (ed.) Environmental Design of Buildings - An introduction for Architects & Engineers.

Supplementary readings:

- Hyde, R., Climate Responsive Design.
- Langston, Ding, Sustainable Practices in the Built Environment.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Fieldwork, Ind Study, Lecture, Practical & Project

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 30%
Examination (1 Hour and 30 Minutes) SEM1 Yes 70%

LECTURER/S Vincent M. Buhagiar

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