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Have You Already Heard Of Sustainable Design?

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If you are not already in the know, it is sustainable design what makes the hottest real estate trend. If you want to learn more about this latest trend, then all there is to know is here! The following article will teach you how you can get the sustainable design, a much coveted trend, and how you can pick the right real estate property which has these properties. We love sustainable design not just because it is practical, not just because it is the latest hottest trend, but because it makes lives easier! Make your own life easier right now and read about this latest craze!

Have You Already Heard Of Sustainable Design?

By now most everyone has heard about sustainable design, Energy Star, and LEED ratings. From conserving water to recycling, there are many ways building owners can reduce operating costs and attain green goals. However, one source that is often overlooked is the sun.

Humans enjoy natural light. They crave a connection to the outdoors, and when natural light is brought into buildings, the affects are astounding. In 2003, the HeschongMahone Group completed a study on the effects of natural light. Introducing natural light into a retail chain dramatically increased sales. In classrooms, increasing natural daylight significantly improved math and reading scores. In corporate environments, introducing daylight measurably decreased absenteeism and increased productivity.

How do you increase daylight in your buildings? When you think of letting in light, you think of windows. They allow people to observe weather and make that connection to the sky, clouds, and sun. They are an important element in any building. But windows have limitations. With windows, light does not extend far enough into a building, and they introduce significant heat and glare. Windows cannot meet all daylighting needs.

Another popular solution to increasing daylight has been the use of skylights. They bring in light, but clear skylights bring in the same unmanaged light and heat that come with windows.

A food court in an Arizona mall has beautiful skylights, but during the lunch hour, an entire seating area is avoided because it is uncomfortably bright and hot. Pair that with the structural support needed for skylights and their limitations begin to surface.

Another solution: the tubular daylighting device. Tubular daylighting devices (TDD) are an innovative solution to deliver daylighting deep into interior spaces. They capture sunlight on the roof, redirect it down a reflective shaft and then diffuse daylight throughout any interior space. The modular design of TDD allows for a smaller rooftop aperture, thereby minimizing the impact to the roof structure. The unique design and technological facets of a TDD provide a highly consistent and controllable source of light.

The most advanced TDD incorporate proprietary technologies throughout the product to deliver the most sunlight all day long, any time of the year.

Optical technologies are built into some TDD, actively capturing low-angle light while rejecting the overpowering mid-day sunlight, providing consistent lighting and superior visual comfort. Some TTD diffusers are engineered to provide the optimal light diffusion in the internal space. All of the components of these products work together to reject unnecessary heat gain usually associated with either windows or skylights. They can even be provided with dimmers when a room needs to be darkened.

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TDD allows you to use free energy, but think beyond energy savings for the whole picture. Studies show that stores that incorporate natural light are perceived by shoppers as being well organized and clean. Walk into one of REI’s artificially lit stores and then visit another where TTD have been installed.

In the daylit store, the colors of the merchandise appear brighter and truer. The store feels better. Grocery stores can take advantage of TDD, using natural light to display produce. These devices allow the spectrum that shows produce beautifully and eliminates the spectrum that advances spoilage. Stores that are starting to upgrade lighting find that sales increase in those locations where TDD have been incorporated.

When Federated Logistics (Macy’s and Bloomingdales) introduced daylighting into their Los Angeles warehouse their main goal was to reduce energy consumption and increase the quality of light. They found that natural light from TDD also reduced errors in product identification for repairs, warehousing, and shipping.

Retail areas seem cleaner, absenteeism is reduced, productivity increases, test scores improve and sales volume increase. Energy costs go down.And the best part? Once tubular daylighting is installed, the energy is free.