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Daylighting uses natural daylight as a substitute for electrical lighting. While it will likely be counterproductive to eliminate electrical lighting completely, the best proven strategy is to employ layers of light - using daylight for basic ambient light levels while providing occupants with additional lighting options to meet their needs. 

An effective daylighting strategy appropriately illuminates the building space without subjecting occupants to glare or major variations in light levels, which can impact comfort and productivity.

In order to provide equitable access to daylight ensure the space is optimized to disperse daylight well. Locate private offices toward the core of the space and specify low workstation panels. Use glass walls and light-colored surfaces on walls and desks to disperse daylight throughout the space. In all daylighting strategies, it is important to consider glare and to take steps to minimize it. Find more strategies below:

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  • Resources > Submetering - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    ...automated building systems such as daylighting control systems, which help to save
    https://sftool.gov › explore › green-building › section › 92 › submetering › resources-impact
  • Child Care Centers - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    ...minimize maintenance time and efforts. Daylight sensors can be used to control fixtures...indoor air, access to full-spectrum daylight and views of nature, developmentally
    https://sftool.gov › learn › about › 502 › child-care-centers
  • Integrative Design Process > HVAC - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    ...of this power is wasted as heat. Daylighting systems can save on lighting energy
    https://sftool.gov › explore › green-building › section › 10 › hvac › integrative-design-process
  • Circadian Light for Your Health B. Steverson, March 2017

    Avoidance Health Promotion We know that daylight can help light our buildings and reduce...human history, we lived outdoors in a daylight rich world as hunter-gatherers… We
    https://sftool.gov › Content › attachments › Iswg › iswg-case-studies › Circadian Light for Your Health %E2%80%93 B. Steverson March 2017.pdf
  • Biophilia and Design - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    ...environment. Case Study The Importance of Daylight While many people prefer to be in...in spaces with abundant daylight, a critical question is to what extent the benefits
    https://sftool.gov › learn › about › 580 › biophilia-design
  • N232

    ...geometry (passive solar) maximizes daylighting and takes advantage of local wind...communications ar ch ite ct ur e Designed for Daylighting  Narrow building footprint, large
    https://sftool.gov › Content › attachments › Iswg › iswg-case-studies › NASA Ames Sustainability Base_SDianati Nov 2012.pdf
  • PowerPoint Presentation

    ...infiltration Provide occupancy and daylight sensors Pre-occupancy flush-out...connects to site Workspace open to daylight and views Efficient envelope ratio
    https://sftool.gov › Content › attachments › Iswg › iswg-case-studies › Federal Center South Building 1202 %E2%80%93 RThomas, Mar. 2013.pdf
  • Guiding Principles for High Performance and Sustainable Federal Buildings and Associated Instructions

    ...indoor environmental quality, and daylighting along with other comprehensive design...Sustainable Federal Buildings 9 b. Daylighting and Lighting Controls Maximize opportunities
    https://sftool.gov › Content › attachments › guiding_principles_for_sustainable_federal_buildings_and_associated_instructions_february_2016.pdf
  • Interior Lighting Campaign M. Myer, March 2017

    ...loop daylighting harvesting control for 15' perimeter zone  8 daylight harvesting...harvesting zones per floor  Daylight dimming to 0% Best Use of Lighting Controls
    https://sftool.gov › Content › attachments › Iswg › iswg-tools › Interior Lighting Campaign %E2%80%93 M. Myer March 2017.pdf
  • Interior Lighting Campaign M. Myer, March 2017

    ...loop daylighting harvesting control for 15' perimeter zone  8 daylight harvesting...harvesting zones per floor  Daylight dimming to 0% Best Use of Lighting Controls
    https://sftool.gov › Content › attachments › Iswg › iswg-case-studies › Interior Lighting Campaign %E2%80%93 M. Myer March 2017.pdf
  • Furniture, Fixtures, and Equipment - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    ...again and again Maximize access to daylight and views Select light colors that...that reflect light in support of daylight strategies Consider low height workstation
    https://sftool.gov › plan › 264 › furniture-fixtures-equipment
  • Interior Lighting Campaign M. Myer, March 2017

    ...loop daylighting harvesting control for 15' perimeter zone  8 daylight harvesting...harvesting zones per floor  Daylight dimming to 0% Best Use of Lighting Controls
    https://sftool.gov › Content › attachments › Iswg › iswg-policies-strategies › Interior Lighting Campaign %E2%80%93 M. Myer March 2017.pdf
  • ISWG HAWG 1-25-18.pdf

    ...healthy dining options, potable water, daylight, plants, and exterior views. Plus...Ventilation and Thermal Comfort Daylighting and Lighting Controls Indoor Air
    https://sftool.gov › Content › attachments › Iswg › iswg-policies-strategies › ISWG HAWG 1-25-18.pdf
  • GPG Overview - KPowell Sep2013, updated May2015.pdf

    Plant Control LIGHTING Integrated Daylighting Systems, 08.14 * Occupant Responsive...Plant Control LIGHTING Integrated Daylighting Systems, 08.14 * Occupant Responsive
    https://sftool.gov › Content › attachments › Iswg › iswg-tools › GPG Overview - KPowell Sep2013, updated May2015.pdf
  • Partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy for Efficiency

    ...● Internal Solar Shade System for Daylight Harvesting & Thermal Control Energy...Owners/Operators ● Potential increase in daylighting in existing buildings ● Energy reduction
    https://sftool.gov › Content › attachments › Iswg › iswg-tools › Commercial Buildings Integration Group Update.pdf
  • Best Practices & Case Studies - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    Steverson explains the importance of daylight for human health, highlighting some...desktop LEDs that can mimic natural daylight. Some advice from Brian and his colleagues
    https://sftool.gov › learn › agency-practices › 446 › iswg-case-studies
  • PowerPoint Presentation

    Measures: Natural ventilation Daylighting Roof monitors Efficient HVAC
    https://sftool.gov › Content › attachments › Iswg › iswg-case-studies › Numbers and Names_ZNE - CHiggins updtd Feb. 2015.pdf
  • Green Globes Basic Presentation

    ...moisture. IV.C.1 Daylighting: Daylight Factor - Achieve a minimum daylight factor of...for critical visual tasks. IV.C.2 Daylighting: Dimming/Lighting Controls - Provide
    https://sftool.gov › Content › attachments › Iswg › iswg-tools › 14 Erin Shaffer - Principles for New and Renovation Construction.pdf
  • Green Teams - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    ...reduce electricity use See Optimizing Daylighting for more tips Incorporate biophilic
    https://sftool.gov › plan › 408 › green-teams
  • Occupant Comfort - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    ...electric lighting, better access to daylight, materials selected to improve air...Adjustability 33% Furniture Comfort 30% Daylight 23% Views 23% Temperatures 18% Amount
    https://sftool.gov › learn › about › 242 › occupant-comfort

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