Natural lighting is an important tool in attaining sustainability. The generation of electricity is one of the largest contributors of pollution in the United States, which produces harmful chemicals such as sulfur dioxide, carbon and mercury emissions. Production of electric power can also be linked with other environmental issues such as the impact on water quality, increased production wastes, and increased industrial zones. Therefore, reduction in the use of artificial lighting is vital. Here are a few strategies you can use, along with the benefits of embracing natural lighting.
Natural Lighting Strategies:
1. Window orientation to maximize the benefits of day-lighting. This strategy aims at utilizing sunlight through the size and location of windows. Day-lighting refers to capturing diffused light without compromising comfort and function. This strategy should also enhance the quality of light, depending on the nature of the room involved.
Some of the trade offs in using day-lighting are reduced insulation value and good views. But these discomforts can be reduced by using roof overhangs and by avoiding locating windows on the east and west side of the structure.
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