Health & wellbeing
2 min

Sustainability _ Better visual comfort

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Buildings should bring the optimum access to natural light to ensure you will be comfortable inside, whatever activity you are performing. 

Did you know?

+6%

Higher level of productivity in offices with natural light

+46

minutes of sleep each night if exposed to natural light during the day

FAQ

How does natural light affect us?

  • Visual discomfort in case of changes in light level or sharp contrast

  • Affects our biological clock: direct effect on the regulation of various biological functions, such as sleep, mood and alertness. Depending on the level of sun-emitted energy entering our eye

  • Impact on our concentration in the office: research shows that workers in offices with natural elements such as plants and sunlight report:

    • +15% higher level of wellbeing

    • +6% higher level of productivity

    • +15% higher level of creativity

  • Impact on our health: studies have shown that improved access to natural lights in hospitals bring:

    • Reduction of 16% to 41% of the duration of hospital stays

    • Reduced medication requirements (22% less analgesic medication per hour)

    • Improved sleep and circadian rythm

How to integrate it in design? 

  • Maximise the useful contribution of daylight

  • Ensure that light levels and distribution are appropriate for the visual tasks of occupants

  • Ensure the ability of occupants to tailor the lighting to their individual needs

How do we act? 

How our products and solutions improve access to natural lights:

  • Transparent products, such as glass, films or architectural membranes, allow access to daylight and views through windows, doors and partitions

  • Translucent products allow daylight whilst preserving privacy

  • Opaque interior products, such as wall coverings, ceiling or flooring products, contribute to the distribution of daylight and to the aesthetics of the space

  • Active glazing help manage glare, overheating or privacy

  • Lighting materials, such as lighting textiles or ceiling tiles, can be excellent complementary light sources, especially in glare management

  • Opaque exterior products help throw natural light in to brighten dark spaces in cities