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The Class of 1920 Commons dining facility at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. © Jeffrey Totaro

Bring Back the Light

Daylighting strategies have become more commonplace in designs for new schools, but renovations can bring natural light back into older facilities built when daylight was not a priority.

Nearly two decades have passed since a breakthrough study by the Heschong Mahone Group concluded that incorporating well-designed daylighting strategies into classroom layouts can improve students’ academic performance in math and reading.

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