Designing Healthy and Efficient Luminous Environments in Green Buildings

This project aims to investigate the relationship between indoor lighting, visual comfort, and office workers’ wellbeing for green buildings in Australia. Around 50 per cent of workers in green commercial buildings in subtropical climates have reported visual discomfort from glass facades and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Visual discomfort could affect people’s performance. It could also increase energy consumption due to users’ interventions, causing a clear mismatch between design intent and final results. The project aims to relate the luminous environment to occupant responses and to use a novel tool for capturing physical and psychological properties of luminous environments through smart phones. The outcome should be a predictive model of visual comfort for better design of buildings.

Funding / Grants

  • ARC Linkage (2016 - 2018)
  • John Bell
  • Simon Smith
  • Gillian Isoardi
  • John Mardaljevic
  • Steven Coyne
  • Duncan Richards