In the built environment, dynamic glass provides non-stop access to sunlight and views of nature. It reduces glare and heat by providing the perfect tint all day, every day. In short, it transforms the experience of being indoors.
A Day without Daylight
Whether in the workplace, the classroom, a healthcare facility or a cultural institution, lack of daylight can take its toll on people. Workers without windows have trouble sleeping at night, which makes them less productive during the day. People who spend their days under harsh artificial light see a decline in both health and well-being. In fact, 20% of the population suffers from mild SAD (seasonal affective disorder) due to lack of sunlight. Workers notice. A 2018 Harvard Business Review article reports that access to natural light and views of the outdoors are tops among workplace perks employees want.
Designing with Daylighting
THE BENEFITS: WHY NATURAL LIGHT IS ESSENTIAL TO A SPACE
Studies show that natural light leads to increased concentration, better memory, improved well-being, reduced stress levels and even enhanced creativity and clarity of thought. For architects, the clever use of daylighting makes it possible to merge the outdoor and indoor worlds. And when you consider that workers near windows report an extra 46 minutes of sleep per night (according to a report by the World Green Building Council), it’s clear that daylighting is a crucial part of any design process.
THE CHALLENGE: DAYLIGHTING CAN COME AT A PRICE
Despite all the obvious advantages of daylighting, a space with too much sunlight can have its downfalls. It can create energy inefficiencies — excessive heat gain in the summer and heat loss in the winter — that lead to high HVAC costs. For occupants, glare and heat can create discomfort when the sun is especially bright. In addition, the sun can cause artwork and furniture to fade.
THE SOLUTION: CREATING THE PERFECT BALANCE WITH DYNAMIC GLASS
So how do you get the benefits of daylighting without the drawbacks? Dynamic glass provides access to views and daylighting while blocking unwanted glare, heat, and fading. Smart glass solutions also create a more energy-efficient space and can help your building earn certifications such as LEED, BREEAM, WELL, and more.
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