From kindergarten to high school, children will spend an average of 15,000 hours learning inside school buildings, most of which were built during the mid-20th century when sun exposure in a classroom was not a design priority. Numerous studies suggest that substituting natural daylight with artificial, fluorescent lighting can adversely affect student health and academic performance.
We must reintegrate daylighting back into our aging, K-12 building designs.
CPL Architectural Project Manager, Graham Boyd, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, deeply understands this need and how integral it is to harvest daylighting techniques during the planning phases of a school renovation or new construction project. His experiences with reincorporating daylight back into schools have yielded sustainable, modern-day learning environments that can:
- Increase student attendance
- Bolster math and reading scores
- Increase cognitive performance
- Enhance student health and behavior.