The Benefits of Natural Daylight
Research commissioned by the Association for the Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development at De Montfort University concludes that adequate daylight can be provided through rooflights without creating the risk of solar overheating.
With increased recognition of the importance of natural light and the benefits it can bring, ‘Daylighting’ techniques are employed in more and more constructions. In the residential sector, conservatories and sunrooms are hugely popular, providing the comfort, space and light expected by modern homebuyers. People in the 21st Century now spend as much as 90% of their time indoors, sometimes enjoying exposure to sunlight for less than an hour a day. This situation worsens over the winter months, when people commonly leave for work and return in the dark, yet the benefits of sunlight and the profound ways it can affect a person’s wellbeing are scientifically established. Natural (or ‘full-spectrum’) light improves mood and combats depression; boosts energy and increases production levels; makes interior spaces appear larger; renders colours true; reduces eyestrain; conserves energy and brings the outdoors in. On top of its many other benefits, daylighting also offers passive solar gain, contributing towards a reduction in energy consumption and carbon emissions.
Installing rooflights is a highly effective method of brightening interiors, as they are up to three times more efficient at introducing natural light than windows of a similar area. However, selecting an appropriate product to complement the architecture of the building while still meeting strict modern performance standards can be a challenge. Manufacturing the widest range of skylights in the UK, the Rooflight Company creates bespoke designs to suit any structure, and easily exceeds the eco-friendly performance levels customers expect by continually developing cutting edge production methods and materials. All of its products incorporate the patented Thermoliner® thermally decoupled lining, which ensures condensation is controlled.