There are always new trends within the building world, many of them angled to make building work more environmentally and eco-friendly. Daylighting is one such trend and has become increasingly popular over the last few years.
Here’s everything you need to know about this unique technique.
Put simply, daylighting is the controlled admission of both forms of natural light into a building. The purpose is simple: to reduce electric lighting and to save energy as a result.
Through designs that allow as much natural light as possible to flood the room, building occupants – whether employees or homeowners – are able to enjoy a productive and visually stimulating environment.
The theory of daylighting is to not only provide enough natural light to a space, but also to do so without any undesirable side effects.
The key is balance: features such as skylights and additional windows can provide the extra daylight, but other factors must be managed, including – but not limited to - heat gain and loss, glare control and – of course – the natural cycles of daylight availability.
For example, a natural daylighting design will have to take into account the need for shading devices in order to control temperature in the home. (Though, of course, some skylights have automatic opening and closing that reacts to temperature).
A high-performance glazing system will typically admit more light and less heat than a standard window, which is why working with high-quality glass – such as the materials used by Sunsquare – can substantially impact the design’s performance.
It’s worth noting that the benefits of natural light exposure aren’t just financial. Exposure to natural light has been shown to have a number of key health benefits, including:
Additionally, studies have shown that exposure to sunlight naturally increases the body’s level of serotonin: nature’s own anti-depressant. So, daylighting could genuinely increase your levels of happiness over time.
Daylighting design has to cover a wide range of different aspects. However, these are four of the key areas that need to be looked at:
So, what can you do to make a room more daylighting-friendly?
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If you’re interested in the benefits of daylighting and would like to find out more about how a skylight could benefit your property’s design, give Sunsquare a call today on 01284 846596.