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Do the new sustainable schools in the UK achieve optimum lighting design? Hatfield Community Free School (HCFS) A case study
Zinah Ghassan Noori

Date: 2014-09-19 11:40 AM – 11:50 AM
Last modified: 2014-09-18


This paper assesses the lighting design of a recently built sustainable school (HCFS) against a benchmark that represents a best lighting practice. The chosen case study was built in 2011 to achieve a ‘Very good’ BREEAM credit.

The employed methodology involves accumulating data from the literature to develop an assessment checklist (Secondary research), and from field measurement to fill the requirements of the checklist (Primary research). The criteria of data collection are based upon Health & Wellbeing (H&W) and Energy Efficiency (EE) under which sub factors are introduced, functional, inspirational and energy efficiency.

The results reveal that the lighting system of the case study does not comply with the requirements of best practice. It is recognized that BREEAM lighting aspects do not act for optimum lighting solution. This is mainly due to its focus on functional and energy efficiency requirements without addressing the inspirational aspects of lighting.