Five Reasons to Include Natural Lighting in Your Building Budget

By Torrin Greathouse | October 06, 2016

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. 

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Why the Best Commercial Lighting Products Use Zero Electricity

By Jeff Brain | October 04, 2016

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.

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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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