Daylighting and the Economy

Skylight Specialists, Inc. is your daylighting expert in your design phase projects.

Currently in Colorado and Wyoming we have seen a drastic reduction in the construction industry over the last year. The number of General Contractors bidding on the same project has increased, meaning fewer jobs to bid on. Everyone and anyone can turn on the news, radio or cruise the net to see the doom and gloom of this economy.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Daylighting is the key to supporting the new economy. I’m speaking of the renewable energy economy. As architects and design builders design daylighting into their buildings, they do this for various reasons. First is to bring in the greatest and best light source, the sun. Next, to gain two thirds of the points required for LEED certifications.

Having said that, we in the daylighting industry have seen time and time again that skylights or daylighting systems are being engineered out of the project because of cost, even though there is scientific data showing the increased production of employees when exposed to natural daylighting in the work place. Students show an increased attendance when natural daylighting is utilized in schools. The great design architects of the past identified the use of light and harnessing the light to bring value, design and functionality to the building they designed. Now, finally we as a society are trying to catch up to their forward reaching though process.

Skylight Specialists, Inc. is your daylighting expert in your design phase projects.

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