Experts in Home drafting services Sutherland Shire explain the importance of daylighting
Our residential drafting experts in the Sutherland Shire explain that daylight is dynamic, constantly changing its characteristics such as in intensity, colour and direction.
The science of ‘daylighting’ deliberately uses daylight to reduce or negate the need for electric light. Sources of daylight include sunlight, which is an intensely bright, directional beam, and skylight, a diffuse light of about one-tenth the illumination of sunlight.
With Australia having such a great climate with plenty of sunlight, it’s simple to design your new home so that it does not require electric lighting during daylight hours.
A goal of all new homes should be to not require any electric lighting during daylight hours. Siting, orientation and size of the home come into play but every consideration should be given to minimising reliance on electric lighting during daylight hours.
Our experts in residential extensions in the St George area explain that if done correctly, day lighting design can deliver a net saving on energy consumed by the building. However, if done incorrectly, it most commonly increases the heat load on the home and its cooling energy consumption.
If the daylight control system is poorly implemented, building occupants have to deal with glare and/or thermal discomfort using the most expedient means at hand (e.g. curtains drawn, operating air conditioner), which in turn negates any benefit that daylighting might have offered (see Passive design;Shading).
Be sure to tune in next week when our experts in drafting services, Sutherland Shire share the principals of daylighting in Australia.