- Daylighting Design
Of all the high performance design features typically considered, none will have a greater impact on your school than daylighting. Schools operate primarily during daylight hours and should take full advantage of available light. Not only can optimum daylighting design drastically reduce energy consumption, but it also creates healthier learning environments which may result in increased attendance and improved test results.
- Electric Lights
Well-designed windows, clerestories, light shelves, and roof monitors can provide a large portion of school lighting needs without undesirable heat gain or glare. Electric lights produce more waste heat energy than daylighting for the equivalent lighting effect. This heat must be removed in warmer months through ventilation or air conditioning. Properly used sunlight, on the other hand, can be cooler. Reductions in cooling loads due to daylighting strategies enable designers to downsize air conditioning systems, reducing both initial and lifetime costs of equipment. High performance windows also help to minimize heat gain in warmer months and heat loss in colder months.