|July 2010 ♦ Vol. 8 Issue 7|
Let in the Light
Many design professionals have adopted daylight integration strategies within buildings, thanks to the acceptance of sustainable building principles and the recognized benefits to occupants. Building owners are now creating and retrofitting facilities that effectively introduce daylight where the occupants need it most. While bringing more natural light in is encouraging, there is such a thing as too much daylight. The best way to achieve daylight integration is through a balanced approach.
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What qualifies a building as daylit? Could a room with just a single window be considered a daylit room? Or, should a room with floor-to-ceiling windows on all four sides be considered daylit? These are legitimate questions that are being asked by developers, owners, architects, and facility managers as the focus of green-building design shifts to daylighting.
Daylighting is an environmentally friendly option that's catching corporate interest. Many organizations, however, have limited knowledge as to its advantages and how to implement a comprehensive program. You have several options to think about when determining what will work best in your next building project.
Daylighting is a moving target, one that shifts from moment to moment, morning to evening, and season to season. Its allure lies in its complexity, which makes it challenging to implement for professionals charged with the delivery of a homogeneous environment. But if your organization is serious about the triple bottom line, daylighting provides powerful incentives to strive for more.
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Finding Your Best Renewable Energy Strategy
LEED on a Budget
Tried and True – The Art of Simple Solutions and Integrated Design
Alternatives in Green Building Frameworks
Clearing Up LEED Misperceptions
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Life-Cycle Cost Assessment as a Tool for Retrofits
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