The latest research includes studies of the correlation between daylight and productivity in classrooms across Europe, development of a Circadian House vision, how mental and physical health can benefit from an optimal daily pattern of light and dark exposures:
- Daylight and academic performance
Research conducted in collaboration with the UPMC / INSERM (Epidemiology of Allergic and Respiratory Disease (EPAR) Department, IPLESP) in France, examined the correlation between daylight and productivity in classrooms across Europe. One conclusion was that pupils performed way better in maths and logic tests in classrooms with larger windows, a higher percentage of windows facing south and adequate daylight control.
Another study, conducted at Endrup school in eastern Denmark, showed that pupils' performance increased when they were in classrooms with improved daylight conditions and indoor climate.
- The Circadian House
The Circadian House is a vision for human-centric and healthy building design. Circadian Houses allow their inhabitants to live in sync with the daily and seasonal cycles of the outdoor environment. Circadian architecture enhances human health and well-being by adjusting the home’s lighting and ventilation following the 24 hour day and night cycle and seasonal changes of day length.
- The psychological and physiological effect of windows
A study by the Canadian National Research Council (NRC), looked at how windows and skylights offer benefits to occupants through different physiological and psychological mechanisms. It analysed how our mental and physical health can benefit from an optimal daily pattern of light and dark exposures. If we follow these patterns, e.g. such as an effective use of windows, we can potentially achieve a healthier living.
- Measuring the sunlight beam
A study, conducted together with Loughborough University in England, presents a detailed evaluation of the sunlight potential of spaces, by focusing on the amount of sunlight that can enter a room. The researchers developed a new measure for this calculation called the ‘sunlight beam index’.