Impact of indoor use of wood on the quality of Interior ambiances under overcast and clear skies : case study of the Eugene H. Kruger Building, Québec city

Authors: Jafarian, HodaDemers, Claude M. H.Blanchet, PierreLandry, Véronic
Abstract: This paper explores the potential of wood for improving environmental quality in interior spaces. In northern climate cities where overcast skies predominate, interior spaces may appear gloomy or dull, since natural light is white and uniform. Nevertheless it is observed that wooden surfaces tend to create warmer and brighter spaces under overcast sky conditions. The objectives of this research were twofold. The first was evaluating the quality of wooden spaces under two sky conditions in terms of color, brightness and contrast. The second objective was to investigate daylight quantity of wooden spaces under diffuse and clear sky conditions. The method involved on site-surveys using Photolux, a calibrated photoluminance meter. Data consist of calibrated digital images that were processed to analyze the quality of spaces based on brightness, contrast, and color. The Kruger Building, with its internal wooden architectural structure and decorative indoor panels, was chosen as a site study for this research. Conclusions suggest that knowing the effect of different sky conditions on wooden spaces can help architects and other professionals in designing more comfortable and efficient ambiances. More particularly, this research addresses issues related to the quantitative effects of wood on daylighting distribution, visual comfort and luminance diversity
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 6 January 2016
Open Access Date: 25 November 2016
Document version: VoR
This document was published in: BioResources, Vol. 11 (1), 1647–1663 (2015)
Dept. of Wood and Paper Science, College of Natural Resources, North Carolina State University
Alternative version: 10.15376/biores.11.1.1647-1663
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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