Providing daylight solutions for public buildings

Daylight solutions help to create quality, attractive, and comfortable spaces to spend time in. A range of rooflight solutions are available to maximize natural light exposure in public buildings. Public buildings are freely available to the public and accessible for use by all citizens. Community spaces such as town halls are also considered to be public buildings.

Five examples of popular public buildings:

  • local libraries
  • city councils
  • post offices
  • art galleries
  • cinemas

The benefits of daylight solutions in public buildings

In relation to illumination, each public building will have different needs. How a space is being used impacts the amount of light required. People, of course, play an important role in relation to illumination and how it impacts well-being with exposure to natural light. Specification and flexible daylight designs make innovative solutions for individual project needs possible. Communal spaces with atriums can create inspiring and enjoyable spaces for people to spend time in.

Communal areas typically need a lot of signposting. This is true in public buildings that have many functions and lots of movement. Orientating people with daylight provides comfort in moments of stress. Security and safety also benefit from light and ventilation. Rooflights with comfort ventilation can also help accommodate your thermal control requirements. Rooflights can also be specified with smoke and heat exhaust ventilation (SHEV), reducing risk to both occupants, and building in the event of fire.

Light consistency helps people undertake a variety of tasks in a communal space. The changing light of day connects people with the outdoors and helps maintain circadian rhythms. In libraries, natural light empowers people to give their work focus. Diffused daylight also makes it possible to reduce glare from computer screens. Natural and mechanical ventilation can be combined to create controlled conditions. This can be useful when looking to preserve objects or control the temperature of a space that has changing numbers of people. 

Utopia Library - Light and fresh air make visitors forget all about old and dusty libraries

Utopia Library - See the case study

Meeting regulatory standards with daylighting solutions

Building regulations and codes need adherence in all public buildings. This is the case in new build, refurbishment and conservation projects. Daylight solutions reduce reliance on artificial lighting and can help meet thermal requirements. Controlled ventilation solutions operate only when needed and help save energy. 

A former military school in the city of Aalst, Belgium is a fine example of how public buildings can maximize daylight. Today, it operates as an 8,000 square meter city library and performing arts academy known as Utopia. VELUX Modular Skylights complement the existing façade glazing, provide fresh air and enhance learning. Upon completion, the project achieved an BREEAM excellent rating. 

What daylighting solutions are available for public buildings?

VELUX Commercial offers a range of daylight solutions for public buildings. These can be specified to meet requirements for daylight and natural ventilation as well as smoke, and heat exhaust ventilation (SHEV).  

Utopia Library - Light and fresh air make visitors forget all about old and dusty libraries

Utopia Library - A former military school has been transformed into a modern city library and performing arts academy

Our range of solutions can meet the daylighting requirements of individual public buildings and include dome and flat glass rooflights, continuous rooflights, and glass roof systems. Rooflight solutions are suitable for both new-build and refurbishment projects.

VELUX Commercial is on hand to support you throughout all stages of a building project. From product selection and technical advice, to installation and after-sales services. If you are working on a public building, contact us to find out how we can support your project.  

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