De rol die daglicht speelt in ons leven kan niet genoeg worden benadrukt en daarom is er in de loop der tijd uitgebreid onderzoek gedaan naar daglicht. We hebben verschillende kernonderwerpen geselecteerd uit al deze onderzoeken over hoe het gebruik van daglicht een gebouw aan de binnenkant kan transformeren, het welzijn kan vergroten en de levens van de gebruikers van het pand kan verbeteren.

Daglicht ervaren in een bebouwde omgeving

The experience of light

A considerable body of research shows that people prefer daylit spaces to those lacking natural light. Why should this be? If there is sufficient light to see, why would people prefer one source to another? To answer this question, we need to understand the evolved relationship between humans and natural light.

By Judith Heerwagen, Ph.D., environmental psychologist in Seattle, Washington.

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Starry sky

When viewing the night sky, most of us feel an intimate connection to the universe. Yet starry skies and moonlit nights have become increasingly rare for city-dwellers today. Given the harm that too much light at night is inflicting on human beings and ecosystems, it is time to reconsider our relationship to the ‘nocturnal side’ of our lives and our culture.

By Paul Bogard, a writer and assistant professor of English at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA

Daylight in the built-up environment

Over the last one and a half centuries, artificial light and the restructuring of working times have seemingly ‘liberated’ us from the diurnal cycles of light and dark that nature imparts on us. Yet recent research has shown that this separation from nature comes at a considerable cost, causing health and social problems. A reconnection to the rhythms of nature is therefore needed – and this will also have a profound influence on architecture.

By Russell G. Foster, Professor of Circadian Neuroscience and the Head of Department of Ophthalmology at Oxford University

Buiten de Veste' school, Steenbergen, Nederland

All over the world, natural daylight has been exchanged for artificial light forms at the expense of our health and even productivity. With better building design, though, we can reclaim the daylight and improve well-being and performance.

Hessenwaldschule with daylight

How do you design and operate a healthy building? Answers to these questions can be found in an increasing number of methodologies and rating schemes that have seen the light around the world in recent years. They all share the ambition to strengthen the health and well-being of building users. Yet, they vary widely in terms of their overall scope, the metrics they use as proof of performance, and the weight that they put on the different phases in a building’s life cycle. The following chronological overview presents a selection of the most important and forward-looking tools, as well as their underlying methodologies.

Boys at school playing together

To truly enhance human well-being, building design needs to move beyond optimising single parameters such as temperature and humidity, to more holistic approaches that take their cues in health-supporting human behaviours. Based on the Five Ways to Well-Being that have recently been established by scientists, this article outlines the way architects can consider these aspects in their designs, in order to nudge building users into a healthier way of living.

By Koen Steemers, Professor of Sustainable Design and former Head of the Department of Architecture at the University of Cambridge.

Daglicht en Architectuur

While the science of well-being is relatively nascent, the UK Government’s ‘Foresight’ project sheds a great deal of light on five factors that have a proven effect on well-being¹, leading to the definition of the Five Ways to Well-Being (connect, keep active, take notice, keep learning, give).² The question remains, though, how do we design buildings that can positively influence these five factors?

By Koen Steemers, Professor of Sustainable Design and has been Head of the Department of Architecture at the University of Cambridge

Tageslicht im Vergleich mit Kunstlicht – gibt es Auswirkungen auf die Lernumgebung?

In dit artikel verkennen we het verschil dat daglicht en kunstlicht kunnen maken en geven we ontwerptips voor het juiste balans tussen dag- en kunstlicht.

Afbeelding interieur hoofdkantoor DSV met VELUX modulaire lichtstraten

De nieuwe Europese Norm EN 17037 gaat over daglicht in gebouwen. EN 17037 werd eind 2018 gepubliceerd en is de eerste Europese norm die exclusief focust op daglichtontwerp in gebouwen.

VELUX modulaire lichtstraten met binnenzonwering

De nieuwe Europese norm voor werken met daglicht gaat over vier gebieden: daglichttoetreding, uitzicht naar buiten, toegang tot zonlicht, voorkomen van schittering.

Afbeelding interieur Glenpark Early Years met VELUX modulaire lichtstraten

De nieuwe Europese norm voor daglichttoetreding in gebouwen, EN 17037, is zo opgesteld dat hij op elk soort gebouw kan worden toegepast.

Skylights and Green solution house in screen