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Monday, August 21, 2006

Daylighting - let the sun shine in !


The direct economic savings achieved by daylighting must be balanced against any potential heat loss associated with any window or skylight. For maximum cost effectiveness, only the most efficient windows and skylights should be considered.
Actual savings will depend upon how much you rely on artificial lighting, your local climatic conditions, etc. It is a good idea to check with local builders and energy offices to better calculate energy savings. However, it is unlikely that any consultant will be able to quantify the true value of access to daylight as measured by satisfaction with the building, increased productivity, and improved health.
Issues:Daylighting technologies are relatively easy to incorporate in new construction. Opportunities in existing buildings may require a little creativity or the advice of an architect or builder.