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Application Of Modern Models Of Sustainable Architecture In The Use Of Natural Light And Effective Utilization Of Energy In Schools: A Comparative Study Of Glasgow (Great Britain) And Isfahan (Iran)


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M. Nilforoushan, R. Hanna & H. Sadeghi Naeini


This research examines day lighting levels and their impact on pupil's academic performance and health in primary schools. A significant volume of research literature was reviewed and analyzed. The main findings from this analysis were that there is a sketchy evidence to support the notion of daylight having an impact on performance and health. The research conducted a series of empirical studies in a number of primary schools both in Glasgow and Isfahan. The sample of schools chosen were representative of Glasgow city’s population as two schools were selected from each part of the city (east, west, north, south and centre); a similar scenario was performed in Isfahan. The main finding, although tentative and slightly infirm, suggested that light levels did affect space utilization in classrooms and pupils seemed happier and more active in sunny classrooms than in shaded ones. Keywords: daylight, energy, natural light, architecture, sustainable, design. 1 Introduction Analysis of Iran’s aims in achieving sustainable development in which energy utilization plays a significant role is of high priority. Thus accomplishing ways of reducing energy usage, particularly in buildings which use fossil fuels, is an


daylight, energy, natural light, architecture, sustainable, design