Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Daylighting: Transoms and Solar Tubes

Our architects educated us about the benefits of installing windows and other openings to provide indoor lighting via natural light--also known as "daylighting." After our brains were filled with knowledge, we were certain we had to include daylighting options in our home design. It just makes sense.

Today, transoms and a solar tube populate our home, brightening up the small space, and helping us save energy by reducing our artificial light dependence. Passive solar windows that help regulate temperature will also provide natural light as well as help to keep our heating/cooling costs down.

Transoms—fixed interior windows—are built into our guest bedroom and first floor bathroom. In the photo below, you can see the transom window above the first floor shower. On the other side of the wall is the kitchen.

A solar tube (one of the most technologically-advanced daylighting systems available) in the second floor bathroom will provide an abundance of natural light. You can see the rooftop dome in the photo below. The tube is lined with reflective material, which will capture daylight and bring it into our home. Even low angle sunlight can be captured and redirected into the tube through this system.

We're excited to see just how much light these features will provide us with when we're living in our home and using these rooms regularly.

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