It is usually necessary to provide a room with natural light from the Sun or the sky. The qualities of this natural light may be thought desirable for a pleasant environment or they may be needed to perform certain tasks, such as exacting work with colours. The natural light can be used as the sole source of interior lighting or can be combined with artificial light. Daylight usually enters a building by means of windows or skylights; but these windows also transmit heat, sound and perhaps air. So the design of windows for a building, called fenestration, affects many environmental variables. The provision of natural lighting in a building needs to be considered together with the factors of artificial lighting, heating, ventilation, and sound control. Modern guides and codes for sustainable buildings require minimum levels of daylighting. These topics should be considered together with the related principles and practice of artificial lighting explained in Chapter 6. The Resource sections of the book also contain supporting information that can be used for both revision of principles and further investigation of topics.
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