This WELL feature requires projects to design spaces to integrate daylight into indoor environments, so that daylight may be used for visual tasks along with electric lighting. It also provides individuals with a connection to outdoor spaces through windows.
As part of the requirement the provison of appropriate illuminances on work planes for regular users of all age groups will be needed for the tasks performed in the space.
In addition projects must conduct daylight calculations to make informed decisions around fenestration and shading, so as to provide appropriate daylight exposure for occupants.
Light is the main driver of the visual and circadian systems. Light exposure stimulates the circadian system, which starts in the brain and regulates physiological rhythms throughout the body’s tissues and organs, such as hormone levels and the sleep-wake cycle. The circadian rhythm is synchronized with the natural day-night cycle through different environmental cues, the main cue being light. Disruption or desynchronization of the circadian rhythm has been linked with obesity, diabetes, depression and metabolic disorders. Exposure to bright light at night is associated with circadian phase disruption, which in turn can cause negative health effects, such as breast cancer and metabolic and sleep disorders.
Providing indoor access to adequate light can positively influence the productivity and mood of individuals, while supporting the alignment of their circadian rhythms with the natural day-night cycle. Access to appropriate levels of light in indoor environments can be achieved through building design, façade design, space layout and lighting design.
We can help you develop a lighting environment that not only seeks to satisfy the visual and circadian requirements of individuals, but also creates a customizable environment which helps to improve productivity, mood and well-being. Innovative lighting strategies, including the customization of a user’s immediate environment, can contribute to occupant satisfaction with the space. Creating zones with lighting conditions that are distinct from the lighting in regular workspaces, can create a comfortable and informal environment that individuals can utilize for social interaction. Lighting environments can help to improve mental health, reduce stress and improve visual acuity.
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