A wide range of daylighting and inconsistent window strategies negatively impact student health, well-being, and performance. A century of building design calling for more efficient and cost-saving endeavors has resulted in negative energy situations in classrooms with no natural daylight, unbalanced fluorescent light, flickering, glare, overheating, and reduced student performance.
Integrated daylighting strategies promote students’ well-being and learning. Therefore, the solution is to achieve adequate daylighting across all workspaces. An integrated, balanced daylighting plan including glare control, various shading options, and circadian lighting to mimic natural daylight patterns supports student and building performance.
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Architect, author, and researcher Lisa Heschong on the benefits of daylighting.