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The role of daylight on user's seat preferences

Izmir Tunahan, Gizem; Altamirano, H; Unwin Teji, Jemima; (2021) The role of daylight on user's seat preferences. In: Proceedings of the CIE 2021 Conference (International Commission on Illumination). CIE (Commission Internationale de l'Eclairage) Green open access

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Abstract

Seating that meets the needs and preferences of students can promote a longer stay in libraries and keep students motivated, which in turn influences their emotions and learning abilities. However, existing knowledge on the interaction between daylighting and seating preferences is limited. This study aims to understand what type of spaces are in more demand and the relationship between seat occupancy and daylight availability. Occupancy data of the UCL Bartlett library acquired from motion sensors located underneath each desk was used to assess occupancy, which was then compared to characteristics of space, including daylight availability. The study revealed that although daylight has a considerable impact on students’ seat selection, the seating preference of the students cannot be explained by daylight alone. The seats with a good combination of daylight, outdoor view and privacy are in more demand compared to seats that provide only a high level of daylight. Future research should involve individual perception in addition to occupancy monitoring data, considering daylight conditions together with other components such as privacy, outdoor views, and quietness.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: The role of daylight on user's seat preferences
Event: CIE 2021 Conference (International Commission on Illumination)
Dates: 27 September 2021 - 29 September 2021
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://council.science/publications/
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: Daylight, Seat preference, Occupancy monitoring, Sensors
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/10137717
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