How Daylighting Makes Businesses Stable and Independent

By Jeff Brain | May 05, 2016

One reason why businesses are implementing daylighting methods in their building designs is a desire to break from their dependence on utility companies for lighting. Natural light brings a business closer to energy independence. It strengthens a business by allowing its leaders to predict the average price for lighting, to gain direct control over lighting access, and to reduce electrical costs that would otherwise be increased by inefficient electric lights.

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How to Save on Electricity with Daylighting

By Torrin Greathouse | April 28, 2016

In 2014, 19% of all the electricity consumed by the commercial sector was used for lighting alone. The lighting systems that a facility uses can have a drastic effect on its operating costs, and when you consider that the price of electricity has been steadily rising, increasing by 63% since 2003, this can have a dramatic effect on overhead costs. Replacing electric light fixtures with well-integrated natural lighting is one of the surest ways to reduce electricity use.

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Top 3 Daylighting Systems Compared

By Torrin Greathouse | April 19, 2016

Daylighting systems reduce the need for artificial electric lights by efficiently bringing the sun’s rays into an interior building space. The top three systems on the market today offer distinct benefits as well as drawbacks in lighting and overall efficiency. In order to ensure that you purchase the product that will have the greatest advantages for your space, it is necessary first to understand their differences and then judge which to choose.

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5 Ways Daylighting Design Makes a Business More Sustainable

By Jeff Brain | March 17, 2016

Daylighting is a lighting design method which utilizes natural light to illuminate an interior space. It enhances the aesthetics of building design while making rooms feel more pleasant. It is also well-known for making a business more sustainable in the short and the long-term, but it may not be immediately apparent why this is the case. The ways daylight design makes a business more financially, environmentally, and socially sustainable are outlined below.

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Rethinking LEED: Is Certification the Best Measurement of Sustainability?

By Jeff Brain | February 23, 2016

The USGBC has powerfully shifted the playing field of the construction industry. It influenced building policies and has become the standard for retrofit projects. Some cities and states offer incentives to certify and others mandate it in their building codes. It proposed a sustainable future during a time when the construction industry was struggling to find a firm footing in the weakened economy, and now it is woven into to the fabric of the new building and retrofit design. But is it the best solution for a sustainable future? Some critics say, “No.”

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3 Ways a Daylighting System Can Improve Architectural Design

By Jeff Brain | February 16, 2016

When we speak about the performance of sustainable lighting products, we tend to describe three factors: quality, intensity, and energy efficiency. We consider how light travels across space when quantifying the intensity needed for maximum workforce productivity and retail merchandise visibility, but when it comes to the aesthetics of light, we do not take this into account in design plans. Yet it is a major factor contributing to the performance of a lighting product, and it ought to be taken into consideration as well.

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Natural Lighting 101: What Every Sustainability Expert Should Know

By Jeff Brain | February 11, 2016

In order to provide a valuable service to their clients, sustainability experts must be able to advise on topics as diverse as supply chain management, sustainable strategy, corporate responsibility, zoning, tax incentives, and alternative energy products, all while knowing how to address clients’ needs and sell them on the best ideas. What measures a sustainability expert’s success is how much value he or she adds to their client’s business in the present as well as in the future.

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6 Examples of Daylighting Systems that Improve Building Design

By Jeff Brain | January 05, 2016

Daylighting improves building design by actively and organically enhancing the interior light quality while simultaneously relieving HVAC systems and promoting a healthy environment. It reduces glare and maintains a stable interior temperature, and both workers and consumers alike respond positively to the effects of natural daylight on their overall wellbeing. Typically, effective daylighting design utilizes a number of systems which work together to supply abundant and healthy light.

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3 Examples Of Office Lighting That Let Employees See the Sun

By Jeff Brain | December 22, 2015

When upgrading outdated and inefficient office lighting, there are many benefits to be gained, including reduced lighting and HVAC costs and a boost in employee productivity. While many building owners opt to replace their old lights with new LED bulbs, studies show that the best lighting methods are those which use no bulbs or electricity and let your employees see the sun.

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What Office Lighting Says About Your Brand

By Torrin Greathouse | December 15, 2015

There is a ton of information available on the internet about the business benefits you can obtain if you integrate natural or sustainable office lighting into your building. There is far less discussion, however, on how lighting can improve your  brand image as a whole. Below are a few key ways in which the lighting your office uses can affect how people view your brand.

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