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The impact of daylight availability on seat selection

Izmir Tunahan, Gizem; Altamirano, H; Unwin Teji, Jemima; (2021) The impact of daylight availability on seat selection. In: Proceedings of the IES 2021 Annual Conference. Illuminating Engineering Society (IES): New York (NY), USA. Green open access

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Abstract

Seating that meets students' needs and preferences could promote a longer stay in the libraries they use and keep students motivated, influencing their emotions and learning abilities. However, studies regarding seat preference in learning environments have mostly focused on interior elements, such as colours and furniture. Existing knowledge on the relationship between daylighting and seating preference is limited. This study aims to understand the contribution of daylight availability on seating preference. In this study, participants were asked to select three best and three worst seat locations in a library and the most and least liked within those categories. Participants were also asked to indicate the reasons for their selection to examine whether the daylight in the selected desks (best and worst) coincides with those where daylight levels were high and low in order to understand whether the daylight component is an influential factor when deciding where to sit. This study demonstrated that daylight is the most dominant reason when selecting desks, followed by privacy, outdoor view, and quietness. Although the reasons for seat selection varied, the majority of the participants agreed that satisfactory daylighting level, facing the least people, and a greenery outdoor view are particular reasons for seat selection. Future research is suggested where other reasons for seating selection are studied further; quietness, outdoor view, privacy, and their interaction with daylight.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: The impact of daylight availability on seat selection
Event: IES 2021 Annual Conference
ISBN-13: 978-0-87995-411-6
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://store.ies.org/product/ies-2021-annual-conf...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: ds: daylight; seat preference; library; students; seating behaviour
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10137716
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