Daylighting and Energy
The Skylight/Sloped Glazing Council is committed to providing the latest information regarding the benefits of daylighting and the affect it has on energy savings, which is always a timely topic. Below is a link to the Daylighting Basics web page developed by the Council, as well as the latest AAMA and industry news regarding daylighting and energy savings.
Daylighting Web Page
Daylighting Basics: Daylighting and Energy Savings, created by AAMA's Skylight/Sloped Glazing Council, details the benefits of daylighting, while also reinforcing the energy savings that can be achieved when utilizing proper daylighting techniques.
AAMA Case Studies
Municipality Brings Natural Light into New Ashburn, VA Firehouse
Located about 20 miles outside of Washington D.C. in Ashburn, Virginia, an old firehouse served a heavily populated geographical area. Next to this original 65-year-old, 13,000-square-foot station, the fire company built an entirely new, 35,000-squarefoot, two-story building. Around 5,000 square feet of the original building was retrofitted to house a social hall.
Natural Interior Delight Brings Light to Berkeley West Library
The West Branch Library in Berkeley, CA is a completely new building, designed to comply with the city’s 2009 Climate Action Plan, in which every new building Berkeley constructs needs to be a Zero Net Energy building. The city’s plan sets the goal of reducing local greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050 and envisions a city where new and existing buildings achieve Zero Net Energy consumption through energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.
Industry News and Links
The Impact of Light on Outcomes in Healthcare Settings
Issue Paper Objective: To identify the mechanisms by which light impacts human health and performance and review the literature linking light (daylight and artificial light) with health outcomes in healthcare settings.
Re-published with permission, ©2006 The Center for Health Design, Anjali Joseph, Ph.D., Director of Research. For more information visit healthdesign.org.
For more industry information regarding daylighting, view these industry organization websites.