Daylighting is the process of optimizing the natural light coming into a building. Whether in a home or office, a daylighting system incorporates windows, skylights, and advanced lighting controls to reduce the use of artificial lighting and energy consumption.
Window orientation and the glass configuration are important factors in the effectiveness and efficiency of daylighting. Windows featuring low-e glass and a dynamic component, such as our Suntuitive interlayer, not only maximize natural daylight and preserve views, but they also reduce glare, solar heat gain in the summer months, and heat loss during the winter months.
While the initial cost of installing a daylighting system can be expensive, the benefits of using natural light will outweigh the initial costs. Here are four quick benefits of utilizing natural light:
Replace artificial light – A well-conceived daylighting system can be used in place of electric light for 70 to 80 percent of daylight hours.
Save money on energy costs – Electric lighting accounts for 20 percent of a building’s energy use on average. In addition, because lights emit heat, reducing their use can reduce energy used to cool a building by 10 to 20 percent. By implementing a daylighting system, up to one-third of a building’s overall energy costs can be eliminated.
Boost overall well-being - Even though many home and building owners are initially attracted to the potential energy savings, numerous studies have quantified how daylighting strategies improve:
· Comfort in homes;
· Attendance and test scores in schools;
· Productivity in offices;
· Recovery time in hospitals; and
· Sales in retail stores.
Help the environment – Since power plants burn coal, oil, or gas to produce electricity, the widespread use of daylighting can conserve fossil fuels and dramatically reduce greenhouse gases and pollution. How much of an impact? A big-box retailer that implemented daylighting strategies was able to cut 618,200 pounds of carbon dioxide, 1,793 pounds of nitrogen oxides, and 1,706 pounds of sulfur dioxide from its emissions at just one of its stores over the course of a year.
To learn more on how the Suntuitive interlayer can enhance your daylighting system, please visit www.Suntuitive.com. Daylighting
Welcome to our blog! Since this is our first post, we wanted to provide a little insight into our company and how we developed the Suntuitive interlayer.
Our past – On a sunny day in 1997, Dr. Harlan Byker, an inventor with nearly 55 U.S. patents, was sitting in a conference room that had become uncomfortably warm due to the sun blazing through a bank of regular, fixed-tint windows.
This sparked an idea. Harlan, who devised the original chemistry used in electrochromic devices, vowed to create a similar technology that could be used in windows. Thus, he founded Pleotint, LLC, with the goal of creating sunlight-responsive, self-tinting dynamic glass.
A new thermochromic technology known as the Suntuitive interlayer was developed, the first commercially available interlayer for laminated glass in North America that gradually darkens in response to rising temperatures caused by direct sunlight, then cools as the sun moves across the sky, returning to a clear, neutral state in cloudy or dark environmental conditions.
Our present – Today, from our home in Jenison, Mich., just south of Grand Rapids, we manufacture the Suntuitive interlayer and work with customers on a case-by-case basis to solve their glazing challenges and to determine which glass construction will best meet their needs and budgets.
As a result, the Suntuitive interlayer has been installed in more than 60 locations around the world and many more projects are already in the works!
Whether you are a business owner looking to create a more comfortable environment for your employees, or a homeowner looking to protect your interior furnishings, we believe you deserve to enjoy your views; minimize your needs for blinds, shades, or curtains; and benefit from natural daylighting.
What are the benefits of daylighting, you ask? We’ll discuss those in our next blog. In the meantime, if you’d like to learn more about Pleotint, Dr. Byker, or the Suntuitive interlayer, we invite you to visit our website by clicking here.
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A blog for the latest happenings and general information about the dynamic glass industry including topics on daylighting, energy efficiency and green building tips