Skylighting Design Guidelines v2 - February 2014

Publisher: Energy Design Resources
Year: 2014
No of Pages: 140 Pages
Edition: 2nd edition
Size: 11 MB
File Format: PDF
Book Description:
Many of the lighting Skylight Design Guidelines _coverprinciples covered here are also applicable to residential buildings. They describe opportunities for high-quality lighting design and explain how to integrate skylights with the design of other building elements. They show how to estimate the potential energy savings and cost savings. Finally, they help designers avoid mistakes that could reduce the value of a skylight design.

The use of skylights continues to grow, both because they enliven building interiors and because they can save energy and money through daylighting. Skylighting (skylights plus daylight controls) can be a solid asset for almost any building, and help to satisfy human needs for building owners and occupants.


When properly designed, skylights can make a number of major contributions to the built environment:

  •     Skylights provide high-quality lighting conditions to building interiors
  •     Skylights reduce the use of electric lighting, to save energy and reduce peak electric loads when combined with effective photosensor control systems
  •     Skylights provide visual and thermal comfort for building occupants
  •     Skylights increase safety and security with highly reliable daytime lighting
  • Skylights provide emergency smoke vents


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