Environmental design, Biophilic design and Human health & wellbeing
Task1: Investigating how colour and lighting (natural and artificial) impact on occupants' psychological and physiological performances in offices, houses, schools, healthcare facilities and nursing houses.
Task2: Investigating effects of 'View' on human satisfaction and productivities at workspaces in terms of Biophlic Design principles and Biophilia hypothesis.
Task3: Identifying the 'Biophlic Elements' of Vernacular Architecture and testing their potential to improve health and wellbeing in modern buildings.
Daylighting and solar design: urban scale and buildings
Task1: Studying urban planning strategies and methods in terms of daylighting availability (or solar access) in highly dense cities.
Task2: Investigating passive solutions to achieve human health & wellbeing through applying advanced daylighting systems (light shelves, light pipes, etc.) in buildings.
Task3: Investigating passive and renewable solutions to improve the growth of plant and vegetables in greenhouses; providing indoor farming industry with optimized design solutions of Agricultural facilities.
Lighting design, light pollution and environmental conservation
Investigating the impact of Artificial Lighting at night (non-street/road lighting systems) on the risk of light pollution in dense cities. The Artificial lighting at night (ALAN) includes decoration lighting, sign/advertisement lighting, media façade, etc.
Dr. Badr Abdullah & Dr. Jeff Cullen
Project: Investigating the Impact of Green Walls on Solar and Daylight Availabilities in Buildings using an Innovative Hemispherical Imaging Technique
Funded by LJMU, this project aims to transfer a field-survey technique of investigating the shading effects of plant canopies in Plant Science and Ecology to the area of Sustainable Façade Design in Buildings, i.e. the image processing for sky map.
This technique can be also applied as an on-site solar survey tool that will help evaluate the solar (daylighting) utilization potential in existing buildings, and therefore practical retrofitting solutions relevant to solar energy use can be produced.
Prof Xin Zhang
Project: Research project: Fundamental Studies of Non-visual and Biological Effects of Daylight on the Sleeping and Alertness in Young and Middle-aged Adults
External: Tsinghua University (China)
This research project was funded by National Natural Science Foundation of China (2018-2021).
Daylight has significant impact on human psychology and circadian rhythm. This project, on the ground of the theory of non-visual effect of light, aims to investigate effects of daylight on sleep quality and daytime alertness of middle-aged and young adults in typical built environment.
Prof Xin Zhang
Project: Research project: Lighting Models and Energy-efficient Design Strategies in Chinese Retail Spaces
External: Tsinghua University
This project was funded by National Natural Science Foundation of China (2015-2018).
Prof Hong Jin
Project: Research Project: Regulating Principles and Design Methods of Urban Microclimate in Severe Cold Regions
External: Harbin Institute of Technology
This research project was funded by National Natural Science Foundation of China (2015-2019).