The physiological and psychological effects of windows, daylight, and view at home

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Conference4th VELUX Daylight Symposium: 04 May 2011, Lausanne, Switzerland
Pages16; # of pages: 6
Subjecthealth, well-being, window, daylight, view, residential, domestic, home, light exposure, light dose; Lighting
AbstractFollowing the discovery that intrinsically photoreceptive retinal ganglion cells are responsible for entraining circadian rhythms to patterns of light and dark, and furthermore that those cells are most sensitive to short-wavelength optical radiation, considerable attention has focused on the possibility of using daylight to achieve a healthy lit environment. Daylight is rich in that area of the spectrum, and bright at the times of day that seem most important to these processes. The science has moved rapidly in the ten years since the last substantive reviews of the state of the art on the health and well-being effects of daylight and windows, making it time for a renewed examination of the literature. Moreover, there has been scant attention paid to the role of daylight in residential buildings. This presentation will give a brief overview of three processes by which windows and skylights in homes might influence health and well-being: light dose, view, and architectural aesthetics. Windows and skylights also influence long-term sustainability, through which they indirectly will affect health and well-being of present and future generations. The presentation will conclude with suggested research directions to bring together these strands, as will be necessary for the derivation of practical recommendations.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number54002
NPARC number20374397
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