“Daylighting is the controlled admission of natural light, direct sunlight, and diffused-skylight into a building to reduce electric lighting and saving energy. By providing a direct link to the dynamic and perpetually evolving patterns of outdoor illumination, daylighting helps create a visually stimulating and productive environment for building occupants, while reducing as much as one-third of total building energy costs.” – From The Whole Building Design Guide by The National Institute of Building Sciences.
Further, “Salaries and benefits typically account for 90% of an organisation’s operating costs, far greater than energy (1%) and even rent (9%). The productivity of staff, or anything that affects their ability to be productive, should be a major concern for any employer, and therefore the building in which they operate, should be a key interest.” – From Office Buildings Are Key to Workers’ Health, Wellbeing and Productivity (Guardian Sustainable Business)
There are many studies and white papers on the benefits of daylighting in buildings. Below are a selected few. At Panelite, ample, diffuse high-quality daylighting is not just a helpful by-product of our light-transmitting panels. It was the driving factor in the development of our very first panel in 1998, and it remains a leading priority in our R&D activities today. Both our interior Bonded Series and exterior ClearShade product lines amplify natural daylight. In addition to learning the benefits from scientific whitepapers and from a Case Study of our ClearShade skylights, we are rewarded by an ever-growing number of personal stories from architects and end users about the way Panelite materials enhance their experience.
Panelite-specific resources on Daylighting:
Optimized daylighting with Panelite ClearShade
Energy and Daylighting Analysis Tools by LBNL integrate Panelite ClearShade
Case Study: ClearShade Reduces Energy Requirements by 89% at Parrish Art Museum
Daylighting and Backlighting with Bonded Series Translucent Honeycomb Panels
Scientific and AEC Industry Resources on Daylighting:
Whole Building Design Guide: Daylighting
Daylight and Productivity: A Field Study (ACEEE)
Health, Wellbeing & Productivity in Offices (World Green Building Council)
Office Buildings Are Key to Workers’ Health, Wellbeing and Productivity (Guardian Sustainable Business)
Lawrence Berkeley Labs Windows & Daylighting / Building Technology and Urban Systems Website
Occupant Productivity and Indoor Environment Quality: A Case Study of GSAS (International Journal of Sustainable Built Environment on Science Direct)