November 18 2022

Daylight Delivery Strategies

Lecture at NUST Faculty of Architecture, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Daniel Lago gives his lecture about ‘Daylight delivery strategies’ and begins by posing the question: what is light? The lecture then moves on to the different sources of light, a brief history of related scientific discoveries, and an overview of the fundamentals of light physics; leading to a better understanding of visible light and color. Other questions arise as the presentation delves into the definition of daylight, its many benefits, and its implication for visual comfort. How is daylight measured? How much daylight is sufficient to perform different tasks? What are the most commonly used daylight metrics and assessments? These and many other questions are answered in a straightforward manner. Finally, useful daylighting design strategies and "rules of thumb" are presented along with real projects examples to showcase successful applications of daylighting design.

The last sessions of online teaching was part of the collaboration of the Transsolar World Academy and NUST Faculty of Architecture in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The Transsolar World Academy contribution complements the university's Sustainable Building course.

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Content overview:
Lecture Daylight delivery strategies | What is light? | How to quantify light? | What is Daylight? | Why Daylight? | Outdoor - indoor illuminaces | How to measure light? | Computer based simulations | Daylight Factor (DF) (%) | Point in time Illuminance (lux) | Daylight Autonomy (DA) (%) | Light behaviors | materials mediums | Daylight design strategies | Daylight Examples

This will greatly contribute to the diversification of the research areas that the department is currently involved in. It will give a sixth sense to the future focused architecture students to be able to identify challenges and opportunities, thereby responding to the needs of people and environment. This partnership will enhance the environmental design module. The students will continue to develop locally driven, climate-responsive architectural solutions and leadership qualities in solving the climate crisis using the built environment.

Initiator: Innocent Mhandu

Innocent is currently a Consultant - Climate and Susainabilty with a Singapore based company GreenA Consultants Pte Ltd. Based in Africa he works on the company projects around Africa. He is both, a NUST alumni and Transsolar Academy alumni. He started the collaboration between Transsolar World Academy and The Department of Architecture at NUST.