THE FOLLOWING STRATEGIES PROVIDE AMPLE DAYLIGHT WHILE PRODUCING LESS GLARE AND REDUCING THE AMOUNT OF ARTIFICIAL LIGHT NEEDED IN A BUILDING. USING ONE OR MORE STRATEGY IN A BUILDING BRINGS DAYLIGHT IN WITHOUT COMPROMISING THE QUALITY OF THE INTERIOR SPACE.
| DAYLIGHTING FROM MULTIPLE SIDES
| SKYLIGHTS AND CLERESTORIES
| FORM FOR DAYLIGHTING
| LIGHT SHELVES
| DAYLIGHT CONTROLS
| REFLECTIVE INTERIOR COLORS
The average person spends majority of their time indoors. Incorporating daylight to interior spaces has significant health and mental health benefits. Through Imagine Austin's Comprehensive Plan, the City has stated goals for creating a healthy Austin. Along with this, city facilities specifically must strive to reduce peak demand. Daylight is crucial for this to happen and is a great passive way to incorporate more lighting during peak demand hours.
Creating a building that maximizes the amount of daylight on the interiors contributes to various LEED credits. The most direct contribution is to the daylight credit under the Indoor Environmental Quality category. This credit's intent is to connect building occupants with the outdoors, reinforces circadian rhythms, and promotes occupant productivity. Another factor to consider is that maximizing daylight reduces the amount of artificial lighting needed in a building, thus reducing the electricity use and cost.