Natural lighting has always served as a method of reducing day to day energy costs. New and emerging technologies have worked to make daylighting more efficient, increasing the potential benefits they can provide.
Incorporating daylighting into your building design can affect many aspects of your business. One that is essential to an efficient, productive business is sadly one of the most often ignored—workplace satisfaction. This can have a drastic effect on productivity, worker retention, and your company’s overall public image.
There are a wide range of daylighting products available on the market, most of which can provide significant savings. The difficulty is deciding which system can provide your facility with the most savings, and whether you can justify the initial cost of investment.
Humans have used the natural light of the sun for decades, however, as more artificial lighting technologies have emerged, our reliance on the sun has decreased. While many traditional skylight designs faced issues with insulation or glare, these issues are now uncommon.
Arguments can be made for a wide range of commercial lighting products as to why they are the best solution for any facility, from the cost-per-unit to the intensity of light they provide. One issue that nearly all lighting products face however, is the cost of electricity to run them, and the HVAC systems needed to counteract the waste heat they generate.
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.