What Is Biophilia & How Are Daylighting Systems Related?

By Torrin Greathouse | September 03, 2015

One of the newest buzzwords emerging in the sustainability industry is biophilic design. While this term is initially hard to understand, studying biophilia could have resounding effects on the way we think about building design, interior spaces, and daylighting systems.

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How Daylighting Systems Can Enhance a Building Interior

By Torrin Greathouse | August 28, 2015

A huge deal of the discussion about daylighting systems is devoted to technical issues: energy savings, heat loss and gain, and return on investment. Perhaps more important than these however, are the less visible benefits daylighting offers for your building interior. From aesthetics to human health, incorporating daylight offers a wide range of benefits for your building.

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3 Must-Have Qualities of Great Daylighting Systems

By Jeff Brain | August 24, 2015

When devising an artificial lighting strategy for a room or building, a lot of thought typically goes into selecting the most suitable types of fixtures, their placement in the space, and the types of bulbs each fixture will employ. Other factors play a role in these decisions as well. For example, your budget may limit fixture selection to a certain quality, while internal efficiency standards require a particular type of bulb.

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Top 8 Questions for Daylighting Systems

By Jeff Brain | August 10, 2015

When evaluating multiple daylighting systems, it is helpful to make comparisons between the same sets of information given for each daylighting system so you can objectively decide which one is right for your building. Of course you want to know the cost, but like most major purchasing decisions, this is not the only factor to consider. Quality, performance, and long-term savings are also important.

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Lighting without Electricity: How Daylighting Helps 1.1 Billion People

By Torrin Greathouse | July 22, 2015

It is easy for those of us living in developed parts of the world to forget that there are many people who do not have access to the amenities we take for granted. 1.1 billion people world-wide live without access to electricity. This often deprives them of something essential to our way of life, which we take for granted—light.

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How to Harness the Power of Daylighting Systems

By Jeff Brain | July 13, 2015

The sun is the most important energy source on Earth. Men and women use it to grow plants, create heat and light, and convert its energy into electricity. The sun is an efficient means to create light. It has been used throughout history for this purpose. Today, installing an effective daylighting system with a combination of reliable design techniques and modern technology in your commercial building makes it possible for you to harness the power of the sun to illuminate your building with free, natural light all day long.

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5 Factors to Consider When Adding Natural Lighting to a Building

By Jeff Brain | June 16, 2015

Natural lighting offers many benefits for offices, retail stores, schools, healthcare facilities, and anywhere else that requires interior illumination. Industrial skylights lessen our dependence on artificial lighting and can reduce air conditioning use. Depending on the efficiency of the industrial skylight, you can reduce lighting energy consumption between 50% and 80%.

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4 Daylighting Myths Debunked

By Torrin Greathouse | June 03, 2015

One of the difficulties when considering a sustainability upgrade for your facility is separating facts from fiction. Perhaps more than any other form of sustainable building upgrade, daylighting is affected by these myths. Despite huge advances in daylighting technology, many of the  problems that daylighting systems faced in the past are still viewed as issues today. This is rarely the case. Below are a few daylighting myths which are more fiction than fact.

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Energy Savings with Lighting Controls, Sensors, & Daylighting Systems

By Jeff Brain | May 12, 2015

With dwindling natural resources and rising electricity costs, sustainable energy systems with proven energy savings are making waves in the market. Generating energy savings in lighting can result in a significant reduction in the cost of utility bills. One way to maximize these savings is to use a combination of innovative technology in a single, unified lighting system.

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3 Reasons Why Architects Appreciate Daylighting Systems

By Jeff Brain | May 05, 2015

Before the rise of electric lighting, daylighting was an integral part of architectural design. Although daylighting systems have taken a back seat since the advent of the electric bulb, modern architecture is witnessing a revival in daylighting systems which not only help save on the building’s lighting costs, but also improve the visual aesthetics of the building.     

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