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Daylight Ratio, Luminance, and Visual Comfort Assessments in Typical Malaysian Hostels

Dahlan, Nur Dalilah, Jones, Phillip John ORCID:, Alexander, Donald Kneale, Salleh, E. and Alias, J. 2009. Daylight Ratio, Luminance, and Visual Comfort Assessments in Typical Malaysian Hostels. Indoor and Built Environment 18 (4) , pp. 319-335. 10.1177/1420326X09337041

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Conventional tropical building designs are experiencing a new paradigm in their environmental response to improve lighting ambiance and occupants’ visual comfort through the exploitation of daylighting. However, it is important for architects to understand that flaws in daylighting strategies could lead to disadvantages as they could hinder vision, cause discomfort, increase interior heat gain, and result in excessive energy demands. The objective of this study was to assess how occupants’ perceived their visual conditions through daylight ratio and luminance level measurements. Measurements were conducted throughout a 2-month period starting from 12th May to 3rd July 2007. Three case studies were conducted at typical Malaysian hostels located in the Klang Valley. Those selected were: the Twelfth Residential College, Universiti Malaya (H1); the Eleventh Residential College, Universiti Putra Malaysia (H2); and Murni Student Apartments, Universiti Tenaga Nasional (H3). The daylighting source in all these case studies were from side-lit windows. Overall, the findings suggested that occupants were at ease with the level of daylighting available in their rooms even though rooms that were shaded by projecting balconies (i.e.,: H1) were dimmer than the rooms that were not shaded (i.e.,: H2 and H3).

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Uncontrolled Keywords: Daylight ratio; Luminance; Objective measurement; Subjective measurement; Illumination; Visual comfort; Side-lit window
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1420-326X
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2022 13:44

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