Daylighting Performance of Solar Control Films for Hospital Buildings in a Mediterranean Climate
León-Rodríguez, Ángel Luis
|Department||Universidad de Sevilla. Departamento de Construcciones Arquitectónicas I (ETSA)|
|Published in||Energies, 12 (3), 489|
|Abstract||One of the main retrofitting strategies in warm climates is the reduction of the effects
of solar radiation. Cooling loads, and in turn, cooling consumption, can be reduced through the
implementation of reflective materials ...
One of the main retrofitting strategies in warm climates is the reduction of the effects of solar radiation. Cooling loads, and in turn, cooling consumption, can be reduced through the implementation of reflective materials such as solar control films. However, these devices may also negatively affect daylight illuminance conditions and the electric consumption of artificial lighting systems. In a hospital building, it is crucial to meet daylighting requirements as well as indoor illuminance levels and visibility from the inside, as these have a significant impact on health outcomes. The aim of this paper is to evaluate the influence on natural illuminance conditions of a solar control film installed on the windows of a public hospital building in a Mediterranean climate. To this end, a hospital room, with and without solar film, was monitored for a whole year. A descriptive statistical analysis was conducted on the use of artificial lighting, illuminance levels and rolling shutter aperture levels, as well as an analysis of natural illuminance and electric consumption of the artificial lighting system. The addition of a solar control film to the external surface of the window, in combination with the user-controlled rolling shutter aperture levels, has reduced the electric consumption of the artificial lighting system by 12.2%. Likewise, the solar control film has increased the percentage of annual hours with natural illuminance levels by 100–300 lux.
|Cite||Calama-González, C., León-Rodríguez, Á.L. y Suárez, R. (2019). Daylighting Performance of Solar Control Films for Hospital Buildings in a Mediterranean Climate. Energies, 12 (3), 489.|