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Towards an occupant based conceptual model: case of the natural luminous ambience.

Belakehal, Azeddine; Bennadji, Amar; Aoul, Kheira Tabet


Azeddine Belakehal

Amar Bennadji

Kheira Tabet Aoul


Claude M.H. Demers

Andr� Potvin


Dealing with thoughts based on the ambience notion, the present research work makes for a contribution consisting on the development of an occupant based model for the natural luminous ambience. One of the ambience notion virtues is the supply of the architectural research with specific to architecture theoretical bases whilst preserving its links to other fields with an environmental spirit. This notion provides new components for the study of the environmental physical stimuli within the built spaces that is the requirement of the plurisensoriality. Hence, the proposed conceptual model will be beyond the conventional ones because it associates the context particularities, the luminous environment and the architectural space to the user. An office building from an eastsouthern Algerian city under a clear sunny has been chosen as a case study to apply this conceptual model. The field research work proves the feasibility of the model and indicates the hierarchy of the hypothesized relationships but also reveals the unsuitability of some statistical analysis methods.


BELAKEHAL, A., BENNADJI, A. and TABET AOUL, K. 2009. Towards an occupant based conceptual model: case of the natural luminous ambience. In Demers, C.M.H. and Potvin, A. (eds.) Proceedings of the 26th Passive low energy architecture international conference (PLEA 2009): architecture, energy and the occupant's perspective, 22-24 June 2009, Quebec City, Canada. Boisbriand: Presses de l'Université Laval [online], paper number 2.1.7. Available from:

Conference Name 26th Passive low energy architecture international conference (PLEA 2009)
Conference Location Quebec City, Canada
Start Date Jun 22, 2009
End Date Jun 24, 2009
Acceptance Date Jun 30, 2009
Online Publication Date Jun 30, 2009
Publication Date Dec 31, 2009
Deposit Date Jan 21, 2015
Publicly Available Date Jan 21, 2015
Publisher Presses de l'Université Laval
Article Number 2.1.7
ISBN 9782763789392
Keywords Daylight; Ambience; Occupant; Building design; Conceptual model; Comfort; Clear sky
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