Before you utilize natural light in the workplace, the actions of occupants must be considered.

The benefits of natural light in the workplace are too effective to be ignored. Citing lower absenteeism, higher productivity, better performance and lower energy bills as incentives, companies like Pennsylvania Power & Light and Lockheed Martin have adopted daylighting design in their facilities. When utilized properly, daylight in the workplace can heighten mood, enhance concentration and boost energy levels. It can improve building efficiency as well, lowering electricity use, among other benefits. But without proper design strategy, the perks of daylighting are lost. Commercial Building Projects provides the following example:

Let’s imagine that Richard, the vice president of sales for a mid-size manufacturing company, has an office with windows running the length of one wall. While he enjoys the view of trees outside his office, the sunny glare that hits his computer screen by mid-morning forces him to close his blinds partway. This causes a portion of the room to fall into shadow. To remedy this, he turns on the electric lights so he can see his work better.

The impact goes even further. The radiant heat from the electric lights heats up Richard’s office, prompting him to adjust the thermostat to produce colder air. Eventually, the sunlight shifts location on Richard’s desk, distracting him from work. He gives in and shuts the blinds entirely. This scenario outlines how proper daylighting effects efficiency in two ways: that of the building, and that of the employee. By working with architects and designers, employers can avoid the downfalls cited in the above example to enjoy the full advantage of daylighting in the workplace.

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