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Analysis of energy savings of three daylight control systems in a school building by means of monitoring

ABSTRACT

Daylight control systems, which automatically adjust the artificial light levels depending on the daylight penetration, can result in substantial energy savings. However, their energy saving potential cannot be estimated accurately because it depends on several building and system parameters, climate conditions, occupant behaviour and type and commissioning of the daylight control system. The objective of this paper is to compare the energy saving potential and operation of different daylight control systems in school buildings. One year monitoring has been carried out simultaneously in 3 neighbouring classrooms, equipped with a different type of control system. The active power and the electric energy consumption of the artificial lighting were measured continuously on a minute-by-minute basis, as well as the occupancy of the classrooms and the global irradiance outside the building under an unobstructed horizon. Momentary visual comfort assessments were carried out in the classrooms.

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