Daylighting Economics

The Potential Energy Savings are Substantial

The potential savings with proper daylighting economics are significant for commercial or even residential applications. A study was conducted with a few typical commercial building types and using 1998 energy costs, weather conditions from the San Bernardino Valley, and many default assumptions. An average grocery store might save about $16,000 per year in operating costs, or $0.32 per square foot with the use of an appropriately sized skylighting system. A typical elementary school might save about $7,500 per year in operating costs, or $0.23 per square foot. An industrial processing and distribution center might save about $0.12 per square foot. As new knowledge become available, we will continue to update and provide more information. Read on below!

More on the Economics of Daylighting:

Daylighting and Energy Usage

September 28, 2016

hm-brown-daylighting-energy-usage-6A 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

Commercial Flat Roof Daylighting Solution

April 26, 2016

The Velux Commercial Sun Tunnel for a Commercial Flat Roof Getting cost-effective daylighting into a commercial building can be a challenge, especially when most have a commercial flat roof. Velux Commercial Sun Tunnels are a great potential solution. Why Velux Sun Tunnels? The Velux SunCurve diffuser is designed to capture light at all times of the day and reflect ... Read more

Retail Skylights Increase Sales Up to Forty Percent

April 20, 2015

Putting skylights into a retail location has shown a positive and significant correlation to higher sales. A study by HMG found that remodeling to include retail skylights could increase sales up to 40%. They also found that a well designed skylight could save the retail location up to $0.66 per square foot on energy costs. Though ... Read more

How Daylighting Impacts Our Productivity

March 12, 2015

Increase Your (Or Your Employees) Productivity with Proper Lighting and Temperature Daylighting has many benefits, and while most companies and studies focus on cost reduction, daylighting can have a more subtle, yet equally important benefit for yourself or your company. People who work in natural daylight work more effectively, work longer, feel healthier and happier by the ... Read more

Saving Energy With a Good Daylighting System

November 6, 2013

Properly designed daylighting systems save energy and costs Artificial lighting requires large amounts of energy and can represent as much as 50% of the electricity consumption of a building. Artificial lighting also generates a large amount of heat. When a good daylighting system is considered in the design phase the HVAC system can be reduced in ... Read more

Sweets Catalog Link for Polycarbonate Skylight Manufacturer

October 16, 2013

CPI Daylighting Featured on Sweets Catalog Sweets is the profession’s most used and trusted source for product information and has qualified and registered 77,000 users which represents over $249 billion in projects in the past eighteen months, boasts 3.1 million product category searches annually. CPI is the leading polycarbonate daylighting manufacturer in the industry. Read more

Failed Fiberglass Skylight at Quabbin Regional High School

October 11, 2013

Decade old fiberglass skylight failure and successful poly-carbonate replacement by CPI Daylighting After only a decade, the translucent insulated fiberglass skylight at Quabbin Regional High School in Barre, Mass., had deteriorated beyond repair. Thermal and wind movements, repeated leaks and yellowing compromised the skylight’s ability to perform to the point that it was non-compliant with current ... Read more

Retractable Skylights

July 26, 2013

Terms that describe a skylight that can open. Opening Skylights Bi-Parting Roofs Bi-Parting Skylights Movable Skylights Sliding Skylights One request of architects, that is a bit unique, is to have the ability to look out the ceiling or roof with unobstructed views to the world outside. This is best solved by using a skylight. One of the more popular areas to open ... Read more

ICC-ES CPI Daylighting Evaluation Report

July 17, 2013

Division: 08 00 00 – Openings Section 08 84 00 – Plastic Glazing CPI is approved for light transmitting plastics on their products; Quadwall, UniQuad, Pentaglas, Dualwall, and U-Lite. This is in compliance with 2012, 2009, and 2006 International Building Code (IBC) ICC-ES Evaluation Report 1253 Read more

ICC Code Approval for Polycarbonate Panel System

July 16, 2013

ICC-ES ESR# 1253 Verifies that CPI Daylighting Panels Meets Code Requirements Translucent Daylighting Panels, manufactured by CPI Daylighting, recently received an evaluation report (ESR#1253) from ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES), providing evidence that the daylighting panels meet code requirements. Building officials, architects, contractors, specifiers, designers and others utilize ICC-ES Evaluation Reports to provide a basis for using ... Read more