Daylighting for Homes
By reducing the need for electric light, daylighting can substantially lower home energy use. Additionally, daylighting offers many less tangible health and productivity benefits. Studies have shown that high quality light elevates moods, reduces depression, and improves worker productivity and student test scores.
Since excessive daylighting can increase both heating and cooling loads, a balanced approach to daylighting is needed which involves whole building design.
This fact sheet from Build It Green provides a discussion of home design considerations with regard to daylighting including:
- Building Shape and Orientation
- Room Location and Design
- Window Location, Design and Details
- Room Finishes
- Skylights, Clerestory Windows, and Roof Monitors