Daylighting & LEED Certification: What You Should Know

By Torrin Greathouse | March 13, 2018

LEED, or the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, has evolved from being a new green building standard unveiled by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in the year 2000 to today’s comprehensive and organized system of multiple design standards. LEED scorecards exist for commercial buildings as well as homes, and they provides a useful list of ratings that show how energy efficient a particular construction process and product is.

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Convincing Your Client to Invest in Natural Lighting

By Jeff Brain | March 06, 2018

Every architect has performed the delicate dance required to convince clients to include certain design features, materials, or mechanical systems into their facility. In many cases, you have to balance the desired project goals with budget limitations. You might also encounter resistance to ideas that seem unconventional to clients who are not active in the design world.

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8 Important Questions to Ask About Daylighting Systems

By Jeff Brain | February 06, 2018

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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How to Cut your Building's Electrical Costs with Daylighting

By Torrin Greathouse | January 30, 2018

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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5 Key Factors When Considering Integrating Daylighting

By Torrin Greathouse | January 02, 2018

Integrating daylighting into a facility, particularly as part of a retrofit project can be extremely challenging. A poorly system will have trouble providing the greatest potential benefits of daylight. Below are five important factors to consider for your project.

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5 Ways to Improve Sustainability with Quality Daylighting Design

By Torrin Greathouse | November 22, 2017

Daylighting is a lighting design method which utilizes natural light to illuminate an interior space. It enhances theaesthetics 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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How Daylighting Can Improve Building Interiors

By Torrin Greathouse | November 07, 2017

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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Why Should You Include Natural Lighting in Your Budget

By Jeff Brain | October 17, 2017

Humans have used the natural light of the sun for decades, however, as more artificial lighting technologies have, our reliance on the sun has decreased. While many traditional skylight designs faced issues with insulation or glare, these issues are now uncommon. 

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Five Reasons Why Daylighting Should be in Your Budget

By Jeff Brain | September 12, 2017

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 daylighting designs faced issues with insulation or glare, these issues are now uncommon. 

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6 Reasons Why Daylighting Is Worth Your Investment

By Jeff Brain | August 21, 2017

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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