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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:

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  • The Importance of Daylight - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    The Importance of Daylight Highlights from the U.S. Department of Energy's “Energy...prefer to be in spaces with abundant daylight, a critical question is to what extent
    https://sftool.gov › learn › about › 579 › importance-daylight
  • Enclosed Conference - Details View - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    ...smaller rooms if needed. Optimize daylighting strategies by utilizing glazing...Requirements Lighting Lighting Use daylight sensor controls that turn off electric
    https://sftool.gov › explore › green-workspace › 83 › enclosed-conference
  • Resources > Lighting - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    Optimize Daylighting: Set a daylight sufficiency goal and employ a daylighting strategy...electric light by distributing natural daylight throughout the building. Sensible
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  • Break/Pantry - Details View - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    ...containers to reduce waste. Allow daylight to penetrate adjacent rooms by installing...light-colored ceiling tiles to reflect daylight to allow natural light to effectively
    https://sftool.gov › explore › green-workspace › 85 › breakpantry
  • The Workplace Environment as a Catalyst for Social Change - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    ...variety A centrally located cafe A new daylight entry space A de-stress space with...Related Topics Daylighting Daylighting uses natural daylight as a substitute
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  • Spatial Equity - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    ...space. Assure equitable access to daylight and views. Lower workstation panels...and view corridors will increase daylight and views to the outdoors. Lower panels
    https://sftool.gov › learn › about › 245 › spatial-equity
  • Circadian Light - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    ...the benefits of circadian-effective daylight can be supplemented through electric...about Circadian Light. Daylight Sufficiency Goal The daylight sufficiency goal specifies
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  • Tenant Corridor - Details View - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    ...that system Windows and Daylighting Windows and Daylighting Design Guidance Compare...Requirements Lighting Lighting Use daylight sensor controls that turn off electric
    https://sftool.gov › explore › green-workspace › 81 › tenant-corridor
  • Health - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    ...psychological well-being - provide daylight for aesthetic pleasantness, access...windows to provide fresh air and daylight, views to outdoor activity, and connections
    https://sftool.gov › learn › about › 244 › health
  • Reception/Lobby - Details View - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    ...indoor environment. To optimize daylighting strategies, use glazing for door...door and wall materials to allow daylight to penetrate beyond the building periphery
    https://sftool.gov › explore › green-workspace › 48 › receptionlobby
  • Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    ...includes air quality, but also access to daylight and views, pleasant acoustic conditions...Guide SMACNA.org Daylighting Daylighting uses natural daylight as a substitute
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  • System Bundling > IEQ - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    ...be bundled together. Optimizing Daylighting Technologies: Shading/Glare Control...Control, Lighting Controls, Daylighting Large windows provide light to spaces along
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  • Laboratory - Details View - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    Windows and Daylighting Windows and Daylighting Install daylighting control systems...exterior light shelves to extend the daylighting zone into the laboratory space,
    https://sftool.gov › explore › green-workspace › 89 › laboratory
  • System Bundling > Lighting - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    ...be bundled together. Optimizing Daylighting Technologies: Shading/Glare Control...Controls, Daylighting Employ a layers of light approach which uses daylight for basic
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  • GBAC Crosswalk - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    Exposure from Pest Management Programs Daylight and Circadian Rhythm Diet Exercise...Enhance Indoor Environmental Quality: Daylight GP IV. Enhance Indoor Environmental
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  • Mandates / Standards > IEQ - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    ...damage, and health risks. Maximize daylighting, install lighting controls, task...healthy dining options, potable water, daylight, plants, and exterior views. Guiding
    https://sftool.gov › explore › green-building › section › 34 › ieq › relevant-mandates-and-rating-systems
  • System Overview > Lighting - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    ...lighting controls, and better use of daylighting. Source: Whole Bulding Design Guide...Emergency/Security lighting Outdoor lighting Daylight Modeling Fenestration Lighting Controls
    https://sftool.gov › explore › green-building › section › 1 › lighting › system-overview
  • MaterialDetails - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    ...Daylight Controls Description Daylight controls measure the amount of daylight/ambient...electric light levels accordingly. Daylight controls should be designed with multiple
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  • MaterialDetails - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    Description Clerestory windows allow daylight to penetrate into a space. They are...are designed to allow daylight to penetrate a space, and therefore are located
    https://sftool.gov › material › 2015 › clerestory-window
  • MaterialDetails - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    Description Interior light shelves direct daylight deep into a space by bouncing natural...occupied areas. Blinds and other daylight control devices should be installed
    https://sftool.gov › material › 2014 › interior-light-shelves

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