A blog written by VELUX…
Several studies have shown that daylight is not only good for children’s overall health and wellbeing, but that it can also significantly improve academic performance.
One such study was conducted by the Sorbonne University using SINPHONIE Study data, covering 13 European countries with a total of 2,387 children participating.
It concluded that academic performance can increase by up to 15% when students work in classrooms with larger windows – due both to increased daylight, and a better view to the outside world.
The Clever Classrooms study conducted by the University of Salford, UK, concluded that good daylight helps to create a sense of physical and mental comfort, its benefits more far-reaching than merely an aid to sight.
Windows vs. skylights
Good daylight distribution across a room is often best achieved by using several different sources of daylight, such as a combination of skylights and windows, and this can also ensure reduced levels of glare and contrast.
However, let’s not forget the importance of a view: “When we are sitting next to a window, we would rather tolerate a high amount of daylight and enjoy the view outside than draw the blinds down and use artificial lighting.”
For spaces where even large areas of window glazing will not allow enough daylight to penetrate, or where their installation is simply not possible – such as very large classrooms, lecture theatres or indoor common areas in the center of a building – skylights are a great option to consider. Operable skylights strategically located in the overall building design allow plenty of daylight to penetrate in the dark winter months, while also providing fresh air throughout the year, improving indoor air quality, and helping regulate temperature.
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