Proper daylighting is an essential element in the construction of energy-efficient and user-friendly buildings.
A more intensive use of daylight yields a less use of artificial lighting and thus a reduced energy consumption. Well day lighted rooms with pleasant natural-light atmospheres significantly enhance the individual well-being.
In addition to the maximal use of available daylight, a sufficient solar shading and anti-glare function must also be taken into account within the design of the facades. That yields partially opposing requirements. If, for instance, solar shading is closed on sunny days, then sufficient daylight must also enter the room so that artificial lighting does not have to be switched on. On the other hand, visibility must not be disturbed by glare. Our job is to find an optimal compromise between these functional conflicts during the design process.
The aim of daylight consulting is to develop solutions adjusted to the planned use, taking into account the specific local and building conditions. Therefore an effective day light design starts in the early conceptual design stage, allowing the design possibilities to be fully exploited. Various daylighting systems or strategies for optimised natural lighting can be investigated and evaluated relative to their functionality and efficiency in later design stages.