Natural Light Linked to Worker Health

08/13/2014 |

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?

 

Connectrac® wireways are the new standard for bringing power & communications cable management to all interior applications. Free yourself from core drilling!

Surpass State Energy Requirements with Dual-Cooling Data Center CRAC Technology

See how professionals like you are taking advantage of the highest performing precision cooling system for their computer rooms and data centers, and why Data Aire is fast-becoming the number one choice for facility managers and building owners looking to decrease their energy consumption. 

Data Aire understands how digital technology and data gravity is rapidly impacting and transforming businesses. That’s why they developed ultra-efficient cooling technology to support the most modern (and not-so-modern) data centers.  Learn how One Wilshire in Los Angeles, one of the most advanced carrier hotels today, is surpassing California's strict energy efficiency requirements with Data Aire’s purpose-built system, which provide full-economization for 260 days – almost 72% of the year. That’s a measurable savings! Furthermore, the projected PUE on an annual basis for a full load is at or below 1.2.

Connectrac® wireways are the new standard for bringing power & communications cable management to all interior applications. Free yourself from core drilling!

Surpass State Energy Requirements with Dual-Cooling Data Center CRAC Technology

See how professionals like you are taking advantage of the highest performing precision cooling system for their computer rooms and data centers, and why Data Aire is fast-becoming the number one choice for facility managers and building owners looking to decrease their energy consumption. 

Data Aire understands how digital technology and data gravity is rapidly impacting and transforming businesses. That’s why they developed ultra-efficient cooling technology to support the most modern (and not-so-modern) data centers.  Learn how One Wilshire in Los Angeles, one of the most advanced carrier hotels today, is surpassing California's strict energy efficiency requirements with Data Aire’s purpose-built system, which provide full-economization for 260 days – almost 72% of the year. That’s a measurable savings! Furthermore, the projected PUE on an annual basis for a full load is at or below 1.2.


Related Coverage