Daylighting, Architecture and Health

1st Edition

Building Design Strategies

Authors: Mohamed Boubekri
Paperback ISBN: 9780750667241
Imprint: Architectural Press
Published Date: 4th August 2008
Page Count: 160


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Daylighting, Architecture and Health examines the relationship between natural light in buildings and human health, considering both psychological and physiological issues and bringing together a range of research in the field.

As we are becoming increasingly conscious of global warming and pushing towards energy efficiency in buildings, the book examines the question of daylighting from the perspective of the health of building occupants. It gathers and reviews all the latest and pertinent medical and architectural research related to natural light, or lack thereof, and its effect on people.

  • Documents medical research findings which establish a link between light quality and health
  • Considers design strategies for increasing daylight in buildings
  • Develops understanding and awareness of the importance of natural light in buildings

Daylighting, Architecture and Health: Building Design Strategies is a timely and essential text for professional architects and all others concerned with the effects of daylighting on health, architecture and building design.

Key Features

  • Outlines appropriate design strategies for increasing daylight in buildings
  • Demonstrates a link between light quality and health and explains the importance of natural light in buildings
  • Brings together the latest medical and architectural research on this important topic


Practicing Architects, building consultants concerned with the development of innovative designs, students and lecturers dealing with advances courses and continuing education

Building service engineers, lighting designers, possibly health professionals in government service

Table of Contents

Chapter 1-Introduction; Chapter 2-Designing With the Sun: A Historical Perspective; Chapter 3-Daylighting Legislation; Chapter 4-Light, Circadian Rhythm and Seasonal Affective Disorder; Chapter 5-Light, Human Physiology and Health; Chapter 6-Light and Human Psychology; Chapter 7-Daylighting Design Strategies


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About the Author

Mohamed Boubekri

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA