If properly designed and controlled, daylighting can outperform electric lighting in most spaces and achieve significant productivity improvements that enhance the overall efficiency of a building. A high-level of client commitment from design through construction, as well as collaboration with the architectural team, is essential. Higher first-cost features must be evaluated, as decisions regarding types of glazing, shading strategies, depth of bays, window orientation and other key elements such as skylights or atriums play a large role in long-term energy and cost efficiency. Some buildings use excessive daylighting to save money by reducing electric lighting costs, however, this design may dramatically increase energy need to cool spaces far beyond any potential savings. It’s important to get this right. We study the surrounding environment and existing elements in and around a space to artfully choose the most effective daylighting elements that will provide savings throughout the life of a building.
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