This study expands and validates previous research by Heschong Mahone Group that found a statistical correlation between the amount of daylight in elementary school classrooms and student performance. The researchers reanalyzed student performance data from two school districts to answer questions raised by the previous study. The results are consistent with the original findings and affirm that daylight has a positive and highly significant association with improved student performance.
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"By providing a direct link to the dynamic and perpetually evolving patterns of outdoor illumination, daylighting helps create a visually stimulating and productive environment for building occupants, while reducing as much as one-third of total building energy costs."
"As the connection point between the glazing and the perimeter details, curtain wall and window framing can help combat heat transfer."
"Vast areas of exterior glazing have a greater impact on energy consumption than any other decision in the design of residential high-rises."
The shading chapter from "Tips for Daylighting with Windows"
This 6-page technical design fact sheet by ComEd, about window-to-wall ratio, explains why the quantity of exterior glazing is likely to have a greater impact on energy consumption and occupant comfort than any other decision in the design of a building.
An analysis of the energy and environmental consequences of pavement materials and construction, with comparison to the much larger building energy savings that can be achieved from cool roofs.