Basics of Daylighting in a Green Environment
The use of natural sunlight, known as daylighting, to illuminate a building can save energy, reduce operating costs, create visual appeal, and enhance occupant health and productivity. The U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) rating system encourages the use of daylighting to achieve high performance buildings. This course provides an introduction to the use of daylighting in commercial spaces. The course objective is to show why daylighting should be considered, the basic guidelines of using daylighting and some words of caution when using certain daylighting techniques.

2.5 Daylighting Related Design Issues - Envelope

The first objection typically raised about daylighting is "Not with my roof you don't!" But skylights are like the roofs they go in. If made correctly, they should not leak. Like any other part of the building, choose your vendor wisely.

Daylight related issues to keep in mind include:

  • Additional reinforcing
  • Air and water leakage
  • Condensation
  • Fire Protection
  • Maintenance
  • Noise
  • Safety
  • Security
  • Visual Privacy

Overhead skylights Source: Benya Lighting Design

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