08/13/2014

Natural Light Linked to Worker Health

Could windows be the key to healthier occupants?

 
Office with natural light

Everyone knows that natural light is beneficial for occupant productivity while they're at work, but a new study suggests the benefits extend to all aspects of the worker's life.

According to a study by Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, occupants of a workspace containing windows that provided natural light not only were more productive at work but also got more sleep during off hours, were more physically active, and generally reported having a higher quality of life than those who worked in spaces with no access to natural light.

In contrast, the workers who did not have access to natural light via windows near their workstations recorded more role limitation due to physical problems, less vitality, and poorer sleep quality. Those measured also got an average of 46 minutes less sleep per night than their counterparts working near windows.

Mentioning the documented dangers of sleep deprivation and the productivity and health advantages of having access to natural light, the authors of the study urge office designers and facility managers to keep window placement at the forefront of their minds when designing or re-designing office spaces.

Don't have the opportunity to change your windows? Try switching to better sources of artificial light: Are Your Occupants Sleep Deprived?

 

 


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Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.


Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.


When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality.

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
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Bluebeam® Revu® simplifies digital facilities document management from design review to leveraging as-builts, maintenance manuals and O&Ms submittals.

 


 
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