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Visual Comfort Studies

Daylight has been shown to improve health, awareness and feelings of well-being in spaces where it is present; however not all daylight is desirable. As daylight simulations become more computationally feasible, it is important to realize that an excess of light or contrast can cause physical discomfort known as glare. The GSD-Squared research group at Harvard are evaluating existing glare metrics to determine what practical applications they are suited for. A program for popular NURBS modeling software Rhinoceros 3D is being developed to aid in daylight analysis and glare evaluation.

Faculty: Prof. C. Reinhart

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