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This article presents a pilot study of effects of glazing on participants’ satisfaction and performance in a full-scale office in Beijing, China. Five glazing systems were tested during a heating season (17th Nov 2016 ~ 11th Jan 2017). Research methods include lighting measurements, subjective assessments, and reaction time test (GO/NOGO). Key findings are given as follows: Daylight illuminances associated with glazing types and times of day play a major role of influencing participants’ visual performances, alertness, physical wellbeing, and relaxation. The glazing type and CCT of daylight did not significantly affect visual responses if a proper daylight illuminance can be achieved. Circadian Stimulus (CS) under daylighting varies in times of day and glazing types, which would affect participants’ alertness and relaxation. Under varying daylight illuminances, some glazing types that can deliver a higher CCT of light would improve participants’ physical comfort and give rise to a longer reaction time.

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First full-scale human experiment to investigate how occupants performance with various modern façade systems and daylight.


Conducting this human experiment was a great pleasure as it has never been done among Chinese office workers and in a full-scale room. A lot of interesting findings supported / disagreed with some previous results from Europe and America.

Dr Jiangtao Du
University of Liverpool

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This page is a summary of: Exploring the effects of daylight and glazing types on self-reported satisfactions and performances: a pilot investigation in an office, Architectural Science Review, May 2019, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/00038628.2019.1619068.
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