Daylighting / Health / UV

Daylighting / Health / UV

Equating the introduction of natural light in buildings to actual health benefits has produced thousands of studies, each pointing to a variety of positive effects. Some of the more interesting recent findings have been:

Greater alertness

Reduced eyestrain associated with headaches and gastrointestinal problems.

Reduced Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

Decreased stress levels with access to outdoor landscapes.

Reducing glare while letting in 90% of the natural light can drastically reduce the need for artificial lighting. Use of task lamps and turning off large banks of overhead fixtures could lead to even more dramatic energy savings. Indoor plants thrive as well.

The sun’s Ultra-Violet rays can be very destructive to most any surface. Solar Comfort has been shown to reduce UV transmission by 71%. This combined with some of the selective barriers in most glass, will effectively eliminate fading of carpets and furniture.

Increased heat gain through solar exposure has the potential to create off-gassing from materials such as plastics, carpet, paint or any potentially caustic material. Solar Comfort does not allow objects to absorb heat so no off-gassing can occur. Reflecting the heat before it increases the interior temperature, makes for a healthier environment.