Dr. Ruth Kelly Waskett/UK

Daylight in buildings

Presentation date: 24. October
Presentation time: 17:45

The way daylight enters a building interior and reveals the form of things, shapes our experience of space and can inspire and move us. Positive experiences of daylight in an interior range from the everyday to the majestic. Exposure to daylight is important for human health: daylight is the ultimate “human-centric” light source. The speaker will explore situations where our experience of daylight may conflict with the results of quantitative analysis. Thus we can learn to appreciate the limitations of quantitative analysis and the huge potential of using tools, such as VR technology, that focus on the human experience of the spaces we create.

Introduced by

Dr. Ruth Kelly Waskett/UK, Hoare Lea

As a daylight specialist within the Lighting team at Hoare Lea, Ruth is deeply motivated by the need to address daylighting in buildings, both for the energy benefits and for the positive impact on the health and wellbeing of occupants. This has become imperative in an age when we spend over 90 per cent of our time inside buildings.

Her experience includes over five years as a building services engineer before specialising in lighting, giving her a broad appreciation of lighting and daylighting in the wider context of sustainable building design. Ruth’s PhD research was a long term study of smart glazing in a UK office, and she has a particular interest in daylighting control and shading systems and their practicalities.

Ruth is a visiting lecturer at University College London, and she contributes to the daylight element of the Lighting Education Trust (LET) Diploma Course. Ruth has been involved in the writing of a number of lighting guides produced by the CIBSE Society of Light & Lighting (SLL), including being principal author of the revised Daylighting Guide (Lighting Guide 10).

Ruth’s experience spans several sectors, including education, transport, healthcare and commercial premises. Her focus on daylight gives her an in-depth understanding of the importance of building designs that are sensitive to the prevailing climate and weather conditions, as well as the topology of the site. Her work includes daylight concept and detailed design, glare studies, as well as daylight and sunlight assessments to support planning.