Daylighting Systems for Airport Applications

Daylighting significantly reduces airport electricity costs and lessens the industry's carbon footprint, while also providing a more comfortable environment for travelers.


Aviation accounts for 2-3% of fossil fuel usage world-wide and airports generate 5% of the aviation sector's contribution to fossil fuels. To reduce the industry’s negative environmental impact, airports in cities such as Denver, Sacramento, San Francisco, as well as many others have incorporated daylighting techniques into their building design. Daylighting significantly reduces heavy electricity costs. According to the Department of Energy, daylighting can cut the amount of artificial lighting used in a building by 75-80%, significantly reducing energy costs by up to 93%. This reduction of reliance on electricity notably decreases the environmental impact of aviation.

Energy use is not the only concern when it comes to airport design; the well-being of travelers and airline staff are a priority. Daylighting provides long hours of diffuse, natural sunlight, which has been proven to reduce "stress, anxiety, and high blood pressure," creating a less tense environment for harried travelers. Studies also show that the presence of natural sunlight readjust’s the body’s internal clock, thereby offsetting the effects of jetlag. Daylighting is one simple way to increase the comfort of anyone passing through airport terminals.

Ciralight SunTrackers are a solar powered active daylighting solution which operates entirely on energy from the sun’s rays and requires no power from the electricity grid. If you are interested in SunTracker technology, please contact our sales team today.


(2) Federal Energy Management Program Newsletter, March/April 2002

(3) “Study of the Relationship between Patients’ Recovery and Indoor Daylight Environment of Patient Rooms in Healthcare Facilities”

(4) Management Review, October 1999

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