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Daylighting

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:

GSA | Saving Energy through Lighting and Daylighting Strategiesopens in new window

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92 Results : Daylighting

  • MaterialDetails - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    Description Skylights/light tubes allow daylight to penetrate into a space. They are...in order to maximize the amount of daylight brought into the space. Installation
    https://sftool.gov › material › 2148 › skylights-solar-tubes
  • MaterialDetails - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    For alignment with LEED Standards Daylight Controls: Must switch or dim electric...electric lights in response to daylight illumination in the space. ID+C EA: Optimize
    https://sftool.gov › material › 1996 › timer
  • MaterialDetails - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    ID+C EA: Optimize Energy Performance Daylight Controls: Must switch or dim electric...electric lights in response to daylight illumination in the space. ID+C EA: Optimize
    https://sftool.gov › material › 1993 › occupant-sensor
  • Support Area - Details View - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    Requirements Lighting Lighting Use daylight sensor controls that turn off electric...light-colored ceiling tiles to reflect daylight to allow natural light to effectively
    https://sftool.gov › explore › green-workspace › 87 › support-area
  • MaterialDetails - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    ...frosted or fritted glass helps to allow daylight to enter a space without compromising...and ID+C EQ: Quality Views O+M EQ: Daylight and Quality Views
    https://sftool.gov › material › 2103 › interior-glazing
  • Sustainability Success at the Provo Area Office J. Kresge and C. Southworth, March 2017

    Occupancy Sensor Lighting Upgrades Daylighting Sensor (Shuts lights off when ambient
    https://sftool.gov › Content › attachments › Iswg › iswg-case-studies › Sustainability Success at the Provo Area Office %E2%80%93 J. Kresge and C. Southworth March 2017.pdf
  • Adaptable Workplace Laboratory - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    ...controlled lighting, and controllable daylight/glare control. Flexible Workplace...lighting (light switches, occupant or daylight sensors with override capability,
    https://sftool.gov › learn › about › 64 › adaptable-workplace-laboratory
  • Human Behavior > IEQ - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    Office Work Performance Daylight / Views Providing daylight access and views for...downlight troffers were provided. Daylight provides an engaging and visually
    https://sftool.gov › explore › green-building › section › 49 › ieq › human-impact
  • Integrative Design Process > Lighting - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    ...the lighting strategy. Maximizing daylight requires meticulous planning of not... Lowering lighting power through daylight, glazing, reflectance, and control
    https://sftool.gov › explore › green-building › section › 2 › lighting › integrative-design-process
  • Slide 1

    Environmental Tobacco Smoke Control Daylighting and Lighting Controls Abate Asbestos
    https://sftool.gov › Content › attachments › Iswg › iswg-case-studies › USDA Green Buildings %E2%80%93 CBroad, Sep. 2013.pdf
  • Emerging Technologies

    Electrochromic Windows Integrated Daylighting Systems Photovoltaic- Thermal System
    https://sftool.gov › Content › attachments › Iswg › iswg-case-studies › GPG - K Powell GSA - ISWG 180517.pdf
  • MaterialDetails - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    ...low height to preserve access to daylight and views.
    https://sftool.gov › material › 2154 › systems-furniture
  • Integrative Design Process > IEQ - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    ...team, should ensure as much natural daylight permeates the space as possible. A...individual controls and occupancy/daylight sensors, and task lighting alternatives
    https://sftool.gov › explore › green-building › section › 31 › ieq › integrative-design-process
  • Green Procurement - Open Office Area - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    ...collaborative to individual setup. Optimize daylight and views, and avoid blocking views
    https://sftool.gov › greenprocurement › green-products-workspaces › 61 › open-office-area
  • Share - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    Spatial Equity Health The Importance of Daylight Flexible Workplace Design Occupant
    https://sftool.gov › apply
  • Time Indoors - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    ...are installed to allow for maximum daylight penetration. Use glass walls and partitions
    https://sftool.gov › learn › about › 202 › time-indoors
  • Building Upgrades for Energy Efficiency

    Results Measure - Daylight Harvesting Measure - Daylight Harvesting Discussion...Results Measure - Daylight Harvesting Measure - Daylight Harvesting Discussion
    https://sftool.gov › Content › attachments › Iswg › iswg-tools › ISWG 5_25_17 - SFTool.pdf
  • The WELL Building Standard

    ...rights reserved. LIGHT Benefit from daylight & lighting systems designed to increase...promote sleep. Circadian design Daylighting Glare control Color quality
    https://sftool.gov › Content › attachments › Iswg › iswg-policies-strategies › ISWG_GSA WELL Intro 2.0.pdf
  • Site Map - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    Spatial Equity The Importance of Daylight The Workplace Environment as a Catalyst
    https://sftool.gov › home › sitemap
  • Computer/LAN room - Details View - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    ...light-colored ceiling tiles to reflect daylight to allow natural light to effectively
    https://sftool.gov › explore › green-workspace › 86 › computerlan-room

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