Daylight

The role daylight plays in our lives cannot be overstated, which has led us to undergo extensive daylighting research over the years. This research has allowed us to pull out a number of key topics on how the use of daylight can transform a building from within, increasing the well-being and enhancing the lives of building occupants.

Daylight in the built-up environment
Daylight

The experience of light

A considerable body of research shows that people prefer daylit spaces to those lacking natural light. Why should this be? If there is sufficient light to see, why would people prefer one source to another? To answer this question, we need to understand the evolved relationship between humans and natural light.

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DSV Headquarters featuring VELUX Modular Skylights

The new European Standard EN 17037 deals with daylight in buildings. Published at the end of 2018, it is the first Europe-wide standard to deal exclusively with the design for, and provision of, daylight.

Modular skylights with blinds

The new European Standard for daylight design covers four different areas: daylight provision, assessment of the view out of windows, access to sunlight, prevention of glare.

Internal image of Glenpark Early Years featuring VELUX Modular Skylights

The new European standard for daylight design in buildings, EN 17037, has been written so that it can be applied to any building.

Multifunctional activity builing featuring VELUX Modular Skylights

We all know that the best antidote to the ‘winter blues’ is a break in a warmer, sunnier climate, preferably with white sandy beaches and clear blue waters.

Daylight & Architecture

While the science of well-being is relatively nascent, the UK Government’s ‘Foresight’ project sheds a great deal of light on five factors that have a proven effect on well-being¹, leading to the definition of the Five Ways to Well-Being (connect, keep active, take notice, keep learning, give).² The question remains, though, how do we design buildings that can positively influence these five factors?

Skylights and Green solution house in screen