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.

4.5 Mixed Windows

Windows serve two purposes:

  • Daylighting to let the light in for architectural and vision purposes, and
  • Vision glazing to allow occupants to see out

The sidebar image shows different window types used in a single space. Consider the control systems to balance glare with optimal energy savings.

Source: Benya Lighting Design

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