Here at Draper we think a lot about ways to manage daylighting. Current sustainable architectural trends depend a great deal upon daylighting, so there are more challenges and opportunities than ever before to harvest daylight, and reduce glare and heat gain issues.
Over the past few years Draper has added a lot of new products to support effective and comfortable daylighting, and are continually developing more solutions to address construction trends. Among the many solutions we offer are top down and bottom up roller-operated interior shades, light shelves, and exterior shading. So when we see an article headline that asks “Are We Thinking About Daylighting All Wrong?” we sit up and take notice.
The article was written by Michael J. Holtz, FAIA, NCARB, LEED®AP for The Construction Specifier—the official magazine of the Construction Specifiers’ Institute and a publication for which our own Richard Wilson has written some pieces.
In his article, Holtz states that “Daylighting is an integral part of architectural design,” but goes on to posit that the way that “many design/construction professionals approach daylighting can be problematic.” He believes building owners and developers are taking too narrow a view on ROI when it comes to daylighting, missing out on other issues, such as the importance of view through to the outdoors, and how daylighting and views have been proven to improve the health and productivity of the occupants of indoor spaces–whether they are workers, students, patients, or residents. Holtz says there needs to be a balanced approach to these issues, and we agree.
You can read the full article by clicking here.