Toggle Main Menu Toggle Search

Open Access padlockePrints

Assessment of Indoor Visual Environments Using Dementia-Friendly Design Criteria in Day Care Centres

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Neveen Hamza



This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0).


This research assesses whether the indoor visual environment in three day care centres in Galicia (Spain) for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia (ADOD), complies with a set of dementia-friendly design criteria and principles of environmental psychology. Qualitative evaluations, combined with measurements of indoor lighting parameters (i.e. horizontal and vertical illuminances - EH, EV; correlated colour temperature - CCT), areconducted to assess the indoor visual conditions. Building Performance Simulation (BPS) is used to evaluate the indoor daylight availability. The study highlights that indoor visual aids and lighting level for task undertaking and circadian entrainment are insufficient. Altough BPS can underpin daylight contribution from the design stage, further research regarding daylight metrics is needed to include nonvisual effects of light within the BPS capabilities.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Carballeira M, Hamza N

Editor(s): Hamza, N. and Underwood, C.

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Building Simulation and Optimization, Third IBPSA-England Conference

Year of Conference: 2016

Pages: 155-162

Print publication date: 12/09/2016

Acceptance date: 11/08/2016

Date deposited: 15/11/2016

Publisher: Newcastle University


Notes: Visual Environments, building performance simulation , Dementia day care centres

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9780701702540