Once considered 'nice to have' but non-essential, skylights are now being taken seriously in the construction sector. This is because bringing natural light into buildings is now
1. Greater Energy Efficiency
It was once thought that skylights lost energy as a result of glazing, but the opposite is now the case: Skylights can actually help buildings to not only save
Secondly, skylights allow passive solar gain. With sound architectural planning that takes in the orientation of
In addition, research shows that a
2. Skylighting in Northern Climates
Maximising natural light in buildings is of particular interest in temperate countries such as the UK, where lower levels of natural illumination and higher cloud cover create the need to capture more light within buildings, particularly in winter months.
Skylighting is becoming increasingly more beneficial in all kinds of buildings — from retailers and residential developments to sports facilities and car parks — and its effects in functional spaces, such as offices and airports, can particularly help to optimise efficiency and well-being.
Warehouse (Mexico)3. Skylights Bring Well-Being and Efficiency
Skylights have grown in popularity. This is partly because improved building technology has enabled their use, but also owing to their benefits being widely proven.
When you introduce light into offices, it increases morale and productivity. In schools, it can improve test results and student concentration. In hospitals, it can hasten recovery times. Meanwhile, in shops and stores, increased sky-lighting can be good for sales with an average of 5.5% increase over stores without natural lighting.
These benefits may even carry over off-site: A study from the Interdepartmental Neuroscience programme at Northwestern University in Chicago showed that those who work in offices with daylight provision sleep better than those without.
Because of these gains, many construction
As the benefits of skylights have become more
5. Skylights are Easier to Install
All skylights have become easier to install, either in a new-build or in a retrofit of an older structure. Polycarbonate skylights
There you have it: Five benefits of natural light to keep in mind before planning your next construction project. With daylight now recognised as helping to promote well-being and potential, as well providing benefits for energy usage, it is a good time to look at polycarbonate as a good value, high-performance and sustainable skylighting solution.