The paper “Incorporating Natural Lighting Into A Theatre Space” is a perfect example of an architecture course work.
Daylight was the main source of lights in buildings until the 1940s when artificial lights were introduced to supplement the natural lights. The energy, health, and environment concerns have led to an increased emphasis on the use of daylighting in buildings. The physics of daylighting has remained constant despite the changing building designs. Architectures always incorporate daylighting into buildings to portray architectural statements and the need to save energy. However, the importance of daylighting in buildings goes beyond architectural and energy saving, as it also has some physiological and psychological impacts on the occupants of a building. According to Edwards and Torcellini (2002), a significant number of people prefer daylit buildings because natural light has a balanced spectrum of colors and sufficient light needed for various biological functions in the body.
In a scenario where an activity needs a windowless environment, it is important to have regular breaks to access the natural light and natural air in an open environment (Edwards and Torcellini, 2002). There is a direct relationship between daylighting and moods, reduced fatigue, reduced eyestrain.
Daylighting also plays a crucial psychological role because it helps in meeting the need for contact with the natural living environment. Studies have shown that office workers and building occupants value windows in a building. Boyce, Hunter, and Howlett (2003) found that some of the reasons why people do not prefer windowless buildings include inaccessibility to daylight, inability to know outside weather, feelings of isolation, and increased depression and tension. The use of daylight to illuminate buildings also reduces the level of energy consumptions (Boyce, Hunter, and Howlett, 2003).
The effective use of daylight reduces the reliance on artificial lighting systems like electricity that consumes a lot of energy.
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