Daylighting-Bias and Biophilia: Quantifying the Impact of Daylighting on Occupants Health | U.S. Green Building Council
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Daylighting-Bias and Biophilia: Quantifying the Impact of Daylighting on Occupants Health

This paper reports on a state-of-the-art study quantifying the health and human impacts of daylighting strategies and views quality from windows on employees health in offices. The study attempts to quantify an important yet not scientifically proven assumption concerning the biophilic relationship between views of nature and daylighting in the workplace and their impacts on sick leave of office workers. The specific hypothesis tested is; that employees with a view of nature will take fewer sick days, have fewer Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) symptoms than those with a view of urban structures, or with no views out at all. A corollary hypothesis is whether daylight availability and dynamic lighting quality in offices could also play a role in reducing the number of sick leave hours and SBS symptoms related to poor circadian rhythms and hypersensitivity. This is an objective to answer and quantify a long debated hypothesis regarding the importance non-residential building occupants place on the need to be in contact with nature/the outdoors while working within a building. This paper reports on a three-phase long-term study.
Authored By: Ihab Elzeyadi
Published On: 3 Oct 2011