Daylighting Strategy for Sustainable Schools: Case Study of Prototype Classrooms in Libya

Belal Abdelatia, Christian Marenne, Catherine Semidor


Over the last few years, topics related to sustainable development and energy saving in Western countries led to several research projects aiming to promote the amount of natural daylight used in school buildings. The same issues arise now in Libya, especially those concerning the use of natural daylight. The promotion of natural daylight in the classrooms saves electrical energy and improves the working conditions for both teachers and students. The extreme solar heat in Libya has always been an imperative factor in relation to building heat.  Especially during the period from June to August great care is given to avoid overheating while still preserving the use of natural daylight.

The present research aims to propose and to test several architectural devices that can be integrated into educational building designs, allowing the penetration of natural daylight while respecting the traditional aestheticism and creating a comfortable school environment.

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