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The impact of applying recent facade technology on daylighting performance in buildings in eastern Mediterranean

Lookup NU author(s): Sawsan Saridar, Dr Hisham Elkadi


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Energy shortage has surfaced in Lebanon during and after the civil war. There is a need to rationalise the use of energy in the building sector. Building facade design in Lebanon is not taking fully advantage of the 12 h daylighting availability. Architects are not conscious of the impacts of the evolution of facade design on energy consumption. The lack of regulation led to over estimation of the impacts on cooling load and much less attention is given to impacts on daylighting. This paper aims to examine the changes of facade configuration throughout the last century and their impact on daylighting levels in Beirut offices. The historical development of facade design is reviewed. Categories of buildings are identified. Examples of each category are examined for their daylighting efficiencies. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Author(s): Saridar S, Elkadi H

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Building and Environment

Year: 2002

Volume: 37

Issue: 11

Pages: 1205-1212

ISSN (print): 0360-1323

ISSN (electronic): 1873-684X

Publisher: Pergamon


DOI: 10.1016/S0360-1323(01)00095-6


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