Daylighting is a popular new trend in Commercial Roofing. You may have heard the term in conjunction with green building and sustainable architecture. So: What is daylighting?
Daylighting is the illumination of buildings by natural light, often using skylights and other openings to provide effective internal lighting without the use of electricity. This practice not only significantly reduces energy use, but also provides the most effective light for the human eye. It is a great solution for commercial buildings since it has been shown to dramatically lower costs but also increase worker productivity!
State-of-the-art prismatic skylights and light tubes provide immediate savings on daytime lighting costs. Skylights can replace up to 70% of electrical light used during daylight hours of operation for some businesses. The energy savings and environmental impact per square foot over the life of the product is greater than any other renewable energy system in the marketplace today.
Prismatic skylights are a specialty skylight that refracts direct sunlight into thousands of micro sunbeams creating a softer yet brighter natural light when compared to standard skylights. Daylighting with prismatic skylights is on the rise, especially in large retail spaces and schools. Some of the country’s largest retailers utilizing daylighting have reported that it is the most cost-effective and energy-efficient, green technology a business can incorporate into a building. Most of these companies also considered daylighting a competitive advantage, since every dollar saved in electricity is after-tax profit for the company.
Daylighting not only saves on electricity, it has also been shown to increase productivity and performance by students and employees alike.