Benefits of Daylighting
Increased use of natural light has been associated with reduced eye strain, improved mood, and lower fatigue for occupants, while also lowering energy costs by reducing the need for artificial light. And according to the EPA, Americans on average spend approximately 90% of their time indoors and a survey by an HR advisory firm published in the Harvard Business Review shows access to natural light is the number one attribute workers want in their office environment. Thus, natural light is important to designing, or updating, workspaces.
Achieving a good balance between natural and artificial is an ongoing challenge. Artificial light is generally the same all day, but natural light changes throughout the day and year, and with the change in weather. Keeping a balance between natural light and artificial light is constantly changing, however, it is possible to incorporate more natural light and optimize whatever daylight is available.
Five ways to increase natural light:
- Location, location, location. Redesigning desk, work area, and meeting space layouts to better access the natural light.
- Obstructions. Re-locate any larger objects like shelves, bookcases, or displays as that may block external light sources.
- Reflective light. For interior design, target 85% reflectivity on the ceiling, 60% reflectivity on the walls, and go darker on flooring to reduce the reflectivity.
- Zone Lighting. Where appropriate, scale back the artificial lighting in spaces that receive adequate natural light.
- Skylights. In spaces that do not receive natural daylight, consider using skylights.
Increasing the use of daylighting in an existing building can be a challenge, but the energy savings and effects on occupants can be well worth it. Commercial windows influence both natural lighting and personal comfort. Choosing the correct window for your building is key to influencing your building’s lighting and thermal comfort. Contact us today to find out what window is right for your business needs.
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