Daylight Symposium 2015 highlighted
daylight as a driver of change

New ideas and tools for designing buildings that promote well-being and health emerged at the 6th VELUX Daylight Symposium 2015. For two days, researchers and architects discussed how daylight can drive change in today’s 24/7 society.

Every second year, the VELUX Group facilitates the Daylight Symposium, inviting researchers, scientists and building professionals from all over the world for a two-day session looking at varied aspects of daylight and architecture.

In September 2015, we hosted the 6th VELUX Daylight Symposium in London, where 350 daylight specialists explored how daylight can drive change in today’s 24/7 society.

Daylight for health and happiness

Designing proactively with daylight as a driver for happiness and health ran as a red thread throughout the 35 lectures that took an in-depth look at topics such as the beneficial effects of daylight in schools, offices and hospitals, daylighting tools and metrics, and daylight regulation.

“Exposure to light is like a drug that changes something in the body. It impacts heart rate, blood pressure, immune system, metabolism, and mood,” Deborah Burnett from Benya Burnett pointed out at the 6th Symposium. 

Daylight should support the natural daily rhythm

A recurrent theme at the Symposium was how daylighting design can support the natural daily and seasonal rhythms of human beings, who, in Europe, spend more than 90% of their time inside buildings.

As designers we should focus on creating positive mental well-being for people in buildings rather than the absence of ill health. In this, daylight plays a crucial role,” Professor Koen Steemers from Cambridge University, accentuated at the 6th Symposium.

Regulation driven change and knowledge

Regulation, codes and metrics drive the implementation of research and best practice. A lot of know-how and suggestions for new metrics are available for changing daylight practices and now need to be implemented in local regulation.

The Daylight Symposium 2015 discussed the present state of daylight regulation, the pros and cons of different standards and metrics and looked at relevant new approaches.

The draft for the new European Daylight Standard, CEN TC169, was introduced at the 2015 Symposium, comprising recommendations for minimum daylight provision, view-out, exposure to sunlight and protection from glare.

The leading international daylight forum

Since the first Symposium in 2005, the VELUX Daylight Symposium has grown into the leading international forum for sharing of daylight research, viewpoints and visions in fruitful dialogue between research and practice.

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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, Foster+Partners, at Daylight Symposium 2015
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.‚Äč

35 lectures

presented by world leading daylight experts

15-20 %

improved office productivity with good daylight conditions

7-18 %

better test scores among students when working in rooms with good daylighting compared to rooms with poor daylighting

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