Facilities all over the world have started integrating daylighting, from hospitals and schools to industrial facilities. One facility type that has yet to fully take advantage of the benefits of natural lighting is military installations.
Developed and developing nations around the world are facing issues with their education systems. Many developed nations including America are experiencing a decline in their overall literacy rates. Many researchers are now theorizing that this may be largely due to a poor educational climate.
When you are investing in the lighting for a new building or retrofit project, it is important to ensure that the system you use offers a quick return on investment (ROI). The ROI of a system is a measure of how quickly the savings it provides pay off the initial cost of investment.
Many people think that incorporating daylighting into your building design is as simple as just installing a few skylights. In reality, it is a far more involved process. Choosing the wrong skylights or failing to take into account certain variables can end up increasing both lighting and HVAC costs, and decreasing workplace efficiency.
We often discuss the benefits of natural lighting for industrial or commercial buildings, however, they also offer a range of benefits for hospitals and other medical facilities. Despite this, many hospitals rely largely on artificial lighting.
In 2014, the Building Energy Exchange founded an international Daylight Hour, asking businesses to turn off electric lighting in all areas of their offices that are reached by sunlight for a single hour—from noon to 1pm. The event was started in order to raise awareness about how the use of natural daylight, rather than electric lighting, can reduce our carbon footprint. Last year more than 300 businesses participated, reaching nearly six million people in 14 countries through social media. This year’s Daylight Hour event will take place on June 17th.
Daylighting provides free and abundant natural light during the day, which reduces artificial, electric light usage. The savings from a high quality daylighting are so great that they pay off their investment within a few years.
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.