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Improved access to natural light

Improved access to natural light

Buildings should bring the optimum access to natural light to ensure you will be comfortable inside, whatever activity you are performing. 

Did you know?

+6%

Higher level of productivity in offices with natural light

+46

minutes of sleep each night if exposed to natural light during the day

FAQ

How does natural light affect us?

  • Visual discomfort in case of changes in light level or sharp contrast

  • Affects our biological clock: direct effect on the regulation of various biological functions, such as sleep, mood and alertness. Depending on the level of sun-emitted energy entering our eye

  • Impact on our concentration in the office: research shows that workers in offices with natural elements such as plants and sunlight report:

    • +15% higher level of wellbeing

    • +6% higher level of productivity

    • +15% higher level of creativity

  • Impact on our health: studies have shown that improved access to natural lights in hospitals bring:

    • Reduction of 16% to 41% of the duration of hospital stays

    • Reduced medication requirements (22% less analgesic medication per hour)

    • Improved sleep and circadian rythm

How to integrate it in design? 

  • Maximise the useful contribution of daylight

  • Ensure that light levels and distribution are appropriate for the visual tasks of occupants

  • Ensure the ability of occupants to tailor the lighting to their individual needs

How do we act? 

How our products and solutions improve access to natural lights:

  • Transparent products, such as glass, films or architectural membranes, allow access to daylight and views through windows, doors and partitions

  • Translucent products allow daylight whilst preserving privacy

  • Opaque interior products, such as wall coverings, ceiling or flooring products, contribute to the distribution of daylight and to the aesthetics of the space

  • Active glazing help manage glare, overheating or privacy

  • Lighting materials, such as lighting textiles or ceiling tiles, can be excellent complementary light sources, especially in glare management

  • Opaque exterior products help throw natural light in to brighten dark spaces in cities