Daylighting Always A Compromise

Daylighting is always a compromise. How much light do you need vs. how much solar heat gain can you accept. When considering a daylighting system there are three main performance measures. Light Transmission U Factor SHGC The more light transmission you require will result in more solar heat gain. Reducing light transmission to reduce solar … Read more “Daylighting Always A Compromise”

Chase Bank of Loveland

A Pyramid Skylight Retrofit Will Provide Improved Daylighting The Chase Bank building in Loveland, CO has four low-rise pyramid skylights. The bank has experienced problems with these skylights over the years. Gaskets failing, condensation problems, and popping noises were a just few of the constant problems. The biggest complaint, however, was the quality of the light and the … Read more “Chase Bank of Loveland”

Daylighting and Energy Usage

A good daylighting system is the easiest and most cost-effective way to light a space and reduce energy usage. After all, the sun provides everyone with a lot of free light and energy every day, it makes sense to take advantage of it. However, placing just adding in skylights or windows without thought is a … Read more “Daylighting and Energy Usage”

NFRC And Daylighting

NFRC (National Fenestration Rating Council) is a third party entrusted by the building code to verify that all manufactures are providing information based on the same testing standards. NFRC and daylighting go hand in hand. They help regulate and unify the daylighting product sector, enabling the architect or designer to use the best product possible … Read more “NFRC And Daylighting”

Translucent Vs. Transparent Daylighting

When Should You Use Transparent Daylighting and When Should You Use Translucent? Proper daylighting design requires use of both translucent vs. transparent daylighting. Glass or other transparent glazings provide a view of the outside, making the room feel larger and bringing the outdoors in. However, glass also brings in solar heat and causes glare, making the … Read more “Translucent Vs. Transparent Daylighting”