How commercial skylights improve spaces
These are a couple of examples that best illustrate why skylights are a smart choice in your commercial space.
- Offices, manufacturing and distribution centers
- Hospitals, healthcare facilities and retirement communities
Achieve energy savings with skylights
Artificial lighting is one of the largest sources of energy consumption in commercial and industrial applications. On average, artificial lighting accounts for 40% of the building’s total energy. Utilizing the high visible light transmittance VELUX acrylic skylights has been shown to significantly reduce these energy costs through the benefits of daylighting. Typically, proper design of a skylit building results in a skylight-to-floor ratio (SFR) of between 4% – 6%. With proper design, the cost of skylights is paid back often in less than two years. This is because high visible light transmittance VELUX acrylic skylights allow artificial lighting to be turned off on average of 70% – 80% of the time.
The energy savings achieved from reducing dependency on electric lighting far exceeds any heat gain or heat loss in the vast majority of applications.
Additionally skylights typically provide less heat than electric lighting. This is why you should choose a skylight that has superior visible light transmittance in lieu of selecting a skylight just based on thermal values. VELUX acrylic skylights provide extremely high levels of visible light, and are available with thermal breaks and weep systems to maximize energy efficiency making them ideal for all commercial and industrial applications. Installing skylights often pays for itself in two years or less. VELUX offers skylights that have a 100% haze factor that provide diffused lighting with no glare. High levels of visible light transmittance are maintained, but that light is spread evenly throughout the space.
VELUX can help you determine the correct number of skylights to achieve maximum energy savings or obtain a desired lighting level.
The VELUX advantage
Quality – for more than 60 years VELUX has been the leader in skylights. Featuring the highest quality products and most innovative designs, you can trust VELUX skylights to be leakproof and to perform well beyond market standards.
Environmentally friendly – VELUX skylights are made at an ISO 14001 manufacturing facility, the international environmental standard for manufacturing. VELUX skylights contain high levels of recycled content, and all products are 100% recyclable.
VELUX national sales and support – put VELUX’s renowned sales and support network to work for you. From lightning design to installation assistance, VELUX is there from project beginning to end no matter where you are located.
Achieve LEED credits – VELUX skylights can contribute significantly to LEED or other green designs. Contact your local representative or VELUX customer service representative to obtain supporting documentation.
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