Balancing Health & Performance Benefits Through Natural Lighting


Glass is an effective way to bring natural light into a space. Did you know it also can reduce energy consumption by reducing the need for artificial lighting and, in some cases, cooling required to offset the heat generated by artificial light? Explore creative solutions that amplify these benefits. You'll learn how window and curtain walls, interior glass partitions and walls, skylights, and light shelves. maximize light while offsetting thermal heat gain and ensuring occupant safety and code compliance.

Learning objectives

  • Discuss how access to natural light impacts human physiology, health, and well-being.
  • Recall the general properties of heat-treated, laminated, and insulating glass, and provide examples of appropriate applications for each.
  • Explain how to use U-factors, solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC), and visual transmittance (VT) to specify the best glazing system for an application.
  • Understand how glazing design can be used to manage building energy use while controlling unwanted glare and identify several glazing systems that bring natural light into a building and their advantages over other solutions.

This course is part of a series

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