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VELUX Daylight Symposium



    Speaker highlights from the 6th Daylight Symposium 
    The theme of the symposium was “Daylight as a driver of change” and focused specifically on the challenges faced by today’s 24/7 society; how we live our lives with more than 90% of our daily routines happening indoors, and how it affects our synchronization to nature. How can we ensure that our modern lifestyle is in balance with nature’s daily and seasonal cycles? How can spaces and occupants adapt to changing daily
    and seasonal conditions? How can architecture and daylight interact to stimulate our senses? How can we rethink our homes, workplaces and public spaces into healthier and more sustainable living environments?
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    Daylight in architecture

    "Architecture is about providing locations for people to live, work and play in, so light and how it could help that whole experience is something very fundamental."
    David Nelson is partner at Foster+ Partners’ and shares design responsibility for all projects as joint head of design. In 1986 he became the director responsible for a wide range of projects, including the American Air Museum at Duxford, Century Tower in Tokyo and projects in Asia, Europe, Australia and the USA.​


    Diversity & Adaptability

    "We can’t design the perfect house for everyone; therefore we need to design a range of conditions and intervene in the architecture."
    Koen Steemers is professor of Sustainable Design in the Department of Architecture, Cambridge University. His key solution is “Diversity & Adaptability”. As an architect and environmental design specialist, his current work deals with the architectural and urban implications of environmental issues. 

    Combining human needs, energy codes, cost and aesthetics

    "We love the idea of translating notions of efficiency into something that is aesthetically wonderful."
    Lonn Combs is cofounder of EASTON+COMBS, he has more than 25 years of professional experience and cultural perspectives from three continents. Lonn Combs is also Assistant Professor of Architecture and the Director of the Master of Architecture program at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

    First, do no harm

    "...we need to work more evidence-based in close cooperation with medical scientists to make sure we propose the right lighting solution."
    Deborah Burnett is an award winning and internationally recognised interior designer, general contractor, keynote presenter and member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. She is the co-founder of Benya Burnett Consultancy.

    Daylight opportunities

    "One of the biggest barriers I see is the use of shading systems and how they are being operated"

    Christoph Reinhart is a building scientist and architectural educator working in the field of sustainable building design and environmental modelling at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At MIT he is leading the Sustainable Design Lab. 


    Natural light of night time

    "Life on earth requires light for health, but it also needs darkness"

    Paul Bogard is an assistant professor of English at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. As a native Minnesotan, Paul grew up watching the stars and moon from a lake in the northern part of the state and therefore his interest in the matter of daylight is just as much concerned with darkness. 



    6th VELUX Daylight Symposium

    Daylight in architecture - for health and happiness

    New ideas, tools and methods for design of buildings that promote happiness and health emerged at the 6th VELUX Daylight Symposium in London 2-3 September, 2015. For two days, researchers, architects, engineers and building professionals discussed how daylight can drive change in today’s 24/7 society.
    “Daylight research is maturing. The Symposium showed how tremendous amounts of insight and knowledge will enable us to create new solutions that combine classical design virtues with modern technology to promote health and happiness in the built environment,” said Michael K. Rasmussen, CMO of the VELUX Group when he summed up the conclusions from the Symposium.

    Designing proactively with daylight for happiness and health ran as a red thread through the 35 lectures of the Symposium attended by more than 350 participants from all parts of the world.
    The wide range of projects from China to the US and Europe presented during the two-day conference clearly demonstrated that daylight as a key to sustainable buildings is becoming a global movement.
    A recurrent theme at the Symposium was how daylighting design can support the natural daily and seasonal – or circadian - rhythms of human beings who spend more than 90 percent of the time inside buildings. And more specifically, the Symposium looked at how daylight can benefit rapid recovery of patients at hospitals and enhance learning capabilities of children at school.

    Impressions from Daylight Symposium


    Need for new regulation

    Goodwill of individual building owners and designers are important steps towards healthier building; but to actually accelerate new practices, legislation and legislators play an important role. Daylight metrics and regulation was therefore a main topic on the second day of the Symposium.

    “We need to create new methods to appraise daylighting performance linking building location, orientation and seasonal data and displaying the information in ways that are easy for decision-makers to understand and use,” said Bernard Paule from Estia in Switzerland.

    Marc Fontoynont, covenor of the CEN TC169 work group, introduced the draft for the new European Daylight Standard, which will be sent out in public enquiry shortly. The standard comprises recommendations for minimum daylight provision and view out, exposure to sunlight and protection from glare.

    The VELUX Daylight Symposium celebrated its 10th anniversary with this sixth event held in the `International Year 2015´of Light - proclaimed by the United Nations and Unesco. In his opening speech, John Dudley, the originator and chairman of the Year of Light, also emphasized the importance of promoting public and political understanding of the central role of light in the modern world. 


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