What Are the Benefits of Daylighting for Military Facilities

By Jeff Brain | September 15, 2016

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. 

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Could Daylighting Combat the Issues Faced by Schools

By Jeff Brain | September 01, 2016

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.

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What To Consider When Calculating the ROI Of a Daylighting System

By Torrin Greathouse | August 30, 2016

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.

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How To Reduce Indoor Cooling Costs With Daylighting

By Torrin Greathouse | August 23, 2016

While reduced heating and cooling costs are rarely the first thing people associate with daylighting, in part because older skylights actually dramatically increased them, it can actually be a powerful tool for reducing facility HVAC costs. 

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9 Tips For Designing With Daylighting

By Jeff Brain | August 11, 2016

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. 

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The Top 5 Human-Centric Lighting Solutions

By Torrin Greathouse | August 02, 2016

As ideas like biophilic design become more commonplace, business owners and architects are starting to focus on improving business performance with human-centric lighting. These lighting methods improve human health, boost productivity, and help lower the bottom line.

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The Top 5 Reasons Hospitals Need More Natural Lighting

By Jeff Brain | June 16, 2016

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.

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Why Businesses Will Turn Off Their Lights on June 17, 2016

By Torrin Greathouse | June 14, 2016

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 hourfrom 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.

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6 Stats That Show Why Daylighting Is Worth the Investment

By Jeff Brain | May 26, 2016

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.

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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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