A review of daylighting design and implementation in buildings

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)959–968
Number of pages10
JournalRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
Early online date21 Mar 2017
StatePublished - Jul 2017


Daylighting design has become prevalent in modern buildings in the effort to create a more sustainable living environment. Past and recent bodies of research emerged are mainly focused on the different methods of predicting and measuring daylight level and various range of daylighting technologies available. Despite a wide range of developed and commercially available daylighting systems have been reported, their applications have been limited by a lack of studies on their utilisations and high initial costs. Computer simulations have been frequently used in the past to investigate daylighting performance due to reliable and accurate predictions. However, additional simulation time and variable level of skills and knowledge required are major drawback of computer simulations. This paper includes and pools information on all major daylighting design topic in the built environment. The study critically reviews and compares daylighting design principles, strengths and weaknesses of different range of daylighting systems and calculation methods, such as, scale model with artificial sky, full scale model for field measurement, numerical modelling and manual calculation procedures with the aid of diagrams or tables. Such information could be of useful for engineers, researchers and designers to assess the suitability of applying these systems and technologies in different building types and examine the potential of energy and cost savings.


  • building design, construction management, living environmen, daylight design