Sometimes it is easy to overlook the importance of natural light in the work place. It has however become very clear through various studies that with increased natural light: productivity increases, while absenteeism decreases. This can be linked to previous studies done on Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) that occurs during winter when exposure to natural light is limited.
What differentiates SAD from other forms of depression is a full remission that occurs during spring and summer. Not only has it been shown that natural light affects your mood and mental health, but it can physically be shown to have an impact on levels of Vitamin D, serotonin and endorphins. So it is of vital import that when planning a new project, it is kept in mind that the more natural light penetrating into the interior of a building, the healthier the occupants will be mentally and physically. So how can this be achieved? The answer in short is through Daylighting.
Daylighting combines various aspects into a single method of utilizing the benefits of natural light while still controlling how, when and where the light is introduced into the interior space. It concerns the balancing of daylight admission with glare control while providing uniform light distribution. Glare control is of high import in any environment where the occupants work on computer screens.
It is interesting to note that when employing the method of Daylighting windows facing North and South are most effective to increase the amount of natural light that penetrates the interior while keeping the amount of heat and glare to a minimum. Other components that can be used to control the process of Daylighting include adding hoods, tinting and louvers.
As technology advances so too do the methods of control assisting in the process of happy healthy occupants