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Illuminating Thoughts

May 7, 2014 by Jody Andres AIA LEED AP in American School & University

The following excerpt is taken from Jody Andres' article, "Illuminating Thoughts", that originally appeared in the April 2014 issue of American School & University. Excerpt posted with permission.


Daylighting, the illumination of indoor spaces through the means of natural light, has become an increasingly mainstream objective. While the financial impact on the bottom line through decreased reliance on electric lights and associated energy cost savings is noteworthy, the impact on students, teachers, and staff is significant. The research speaks for itself.

More than 21,000 students were part of the Heschong Mahone Daylighting Study that showed a strong connection between daylit school environments and student performance. Among the study's outcomes, the daylit environments yielded 20 percent faster progression in math and 26 percent faster progression in reading. But, the benefits go beyond academics to enhance student education. Retention of the best employees and maximizing productivity are critical factors for school administrators.

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