Best practice designs for capturing natural light to illuminate school facilities.


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Windows that admit daylight can enhance a learning environment, but the design should seek to avoid glare from direct sunlight.

Windows and Daylight

April 13, 2023
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Example of a building solar exposure analysis.

Air Apparent

March 1, 2020
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For older schools, utilizing newer technology and replacing existing windows with high-performance alternatives can be a wise decision.

Learning Light

Sept. 15, 2017


Schools in the early 20th Century, like this one in Portland, Ore., featured large windows to capitalize on daylight — the only light available at the time. But daylighting is making a comeback. Photo courtesy of Syska Hennessy Group.
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Age of enlightenment

Sept. 1, 2014
Does dynamic daylight necessitate a new definition for the well-lit environment?
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River Crest Elementary School in Hudson, Wisc., collaborated with Andersen Corporation to custom design a wood construction window that maximizes natural light, reduces glare, and saves energy.

Illuminating Thoughts

April 1, 2014
Daylighting, the illumination of indoor spaces through the means of natural light, has become an increasingly mainstream objective.
Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga.

Daylighting in Savannah

March 1, 2014
Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga., used enhanced daylighting techniques and insulated windows in its recent Learning Commons expansion project.


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eBook: Green Schools Digest

Jan. 1, 2023
Learn the leading sustainability strategies being employed by education facilities across the U.S.
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Ballard High School, Huxley, Iowa, has 18,000 square feet of high-performance glass.

High-Performance Design

Oct. 1, 2012
Advanced techniques in high-performance glass can contribute to sustainable school construction.
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The Georgia Health Sciences University, College of Dental Medicine, Augusta.

Daylighted Dental School

Sept. 1, 2012
Georgia Health Sciences University College of Dental Medicine has new home in Augusta, Ga.
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Solar Glazing Tips for School Construction

April 1, 2012
Glazing with high solar gains can have a compelling advantage over code-compliant conventional glazing with low solar gains.
Light colors on interior finishes in a school classroom enable daylight to be reflected throughout a space.

School Design: Windows/Daylighting (with related video)

July 1, 2011
Schools are bringing daylight into their facilities.