Daylighting in the Classroom

Aurora, IL, US

With Solatube Tubular Devices

With that in mind, a growing number of schools and colleges in the United States have taken the initiative to manage natural lighting, also known as daylighting. PJHM have been using natural lighting distribution in architecture design for decades. One method of such distribution currently being integrated into PJHM’s designs is tubular daylighting.

The benefits of natural daylighting in schools does not stop with students’ productivity and well-being. In consideration of energy consumption, natural lighting’s benefits can be tremendous. According to the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. schools spend approximately $8 billion a year on utilities with 26% of that energy consumption dedicated to facilities lighting. This exorbiant amount of energy cost is more than schools spend on textbooks and computers combined.

With utility costs constantly on the rise, new methods of natural light integration have become even more sought after. One of the most effective solutions PJHM has found is the tubular lighting technology of Solatube.

Solatube’s patented tubular daylighting technology uses optical lenses and reflectors to capture sunlight and transfer it through a modular hyper-reflective tubing. This modular tubing makes it possible to distribute daylight throughout an entire school regardless of architectural design. 

The technology produces the highest visible transmittance of light with the lowest solar heat gain. The results include ample room lighting with little to no rise in room temperature. 

“We recognize the benefit of having natural lighting in the student and teacher environment. You have teachers in a classroom for 6-hours-a-day. Having natural daylighting brightens teachers up; it makes them alert and we get the best out of our teaching staff.” – Bob Curley, Principal, Beacon Park School.

Bravura is the commercial distributor for Solatube Inc. in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes. Benefit from the effect of natural daylighting with reduced energy costs and the well-being for not only your students but your teaching staff and a way to reduce energy costs.

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