The conversation about the health benefits of daylighting in the United States has truly reached the forefront. Articles detailing research, data, and discussions about the ramifications of lack of sunlight from the built environment are now appearing in mainstream press and dominate educational seminar schedules at major industry conferences.
By Kevin Hutchings
Maximizing energy efficiency is a key concern on virtually every new commercial construction project. When the construction happens to be for the electric provider itself, it is easy to understand how the priority takes on even greater importance.
Customers often call design teams regarding problems concerning too much light and/or too much heat coming into a building and making the space practically unusable. Frequently, it is not that the existing glass had poor performance, but rather the issue is the original design concept did not combine the glazing with other design elements to adequately address the sun management challenge the exterior environment presents.
For an electrical conduit design and manufacturing company in Roselle, Illinois, a new plant would represent as much as a 60 percent increase in company production and 25 new jobs in the community. However, before expanding manufacturing operations to a 4923-m2 (53,000-sf) space, there needed to be major changes to the 14-year-old building.
The building would be reclassified from industrial to …