A Literature Review of the Effects of Natural Light on Building Occupants
Daylighting report on the effects of daylighting in offices, schools, retail and industrial locations.
Occupants in daylit and full-spectrum office buildings reported an increase in general well being. Specific benefits in these types of office environments include better health, reduced absenteeism, increased productivity, financial savings, and preference of workers.
Franta and Anstead-1994
Good daylighting brings natural diffused light into a building or space without allowing glare or heat gain
Studies have shown that people thrive when natural light is utilized. They are more productive in office and manufacturing settings, learn better in schools, heal faster in hospitals, and linger longer and spend more money in stores.
The creation of daylighting systems mixes science and engineering to allow natural light into building spaces. Successful daylighting adds to the quality of life in the space and saves money on energy costs. The light provided by a good daylighting system is visually pleasing while reducing solar heat gain and eliminating glare. This results in lower electrical costs for both lighting and air conditioning while providing a healthy stimulating environment.
Daylighting Reports for Offices, Schools and Classrooms, Retail Sales and Human Performance
The attached link below lists six Daylighting Reports:
- Windows and Offices
- Windows and Classrooms
- Daylight and Retail Sales
- Daylighting in Schools – PG&E 1999
- Daylighting in Schools – Additional Analysis
- Skylighting and Retail Sales – PG&E 1999
Skylights were found to be positively and significantly correlated to higher sales. All other things being equal, an average non-skylit store in the chain would be likely to have 40% higher sales with the addition of skylights
Utilizing Aluminum in Green Applications without internal supports
For architects and customers interested in green building, aluminum’s non-corrosive nature means the structures are going to last and eliminate maintenance costs; saving money and imparting green benefits.
Grace Ferretti, manager of Architectural Sales for CST Covers, said, “We utilize aluminum as a material of choice and only aluminum in our structural solutions. The material’s extrudability, light weight, and strength make it the logical choice for exterior architectural applications.” CST Covers was formed from an acquisition of Conservatek and Temcor and is a “global leader in the production and manufacturing of covers for municipal, industrial and architectural applications, covering space creatively.”
Ferretti continued, “For architects and customers interested in green building, aluminum’s non-corrosive nature means the structures are going to last and eliminate maintenance costs; saving money and imparting green benefits.” CST Covers used aluminum with mastery to create the ethereal conservatory dome at San Antonio, TX’s Halsell Conservatory
“The material’s recyclability is a huge benefit in green buildings,” said Ferritti. “Using materials with a high recycled content not only helps achieve LEED certification, but also means value and green benefits at the structure’s end-of-life (which is years away), giving CST Covers’ leadership in innovative and lasting design.”
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