Research published by the BRE and additional information from NARM (National Association of Rooflight Manufacturers) has shown the benefits of healthcare buildings being able to welcome daylight.
NARM has stressed the importance of sunlight in human health, saying although plenty is made about how damaging UV rays can be the skin, the World Health Organisation has actually said a much bigger worry lies from people having insufficient exposure to daylight.
Exposure to sunlight has many health benefits; one of these being the enhancement of mood and energy caused by the release of endorphins
Daylight is critical to mental wellbeing, with the emergence in the understanding of SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder, caused by poor exposure to daylight, exampling this.
NARM go onto examine how numerous buildings built over the last 70 years that have a heavy reliance on artificial light can, in fact, have a negative impact on human health, productivity and wellbeing, with some buildings even known to cause debilitating health problems associated with Sick Building Syndrome (SBS).
The issues linked with SBS and daylight deprivation, in tandem with a rejuvenated interest in the use of daylight for low-energy, sustainable buildings, is resulting in many architects and engineers considering new ways of making the most of the benefits of daylight, eliminating the negative impacts associated with solar over-heating.
The BRE Group is keen to allay concerns of the current health worries attached to excessive solar exposure may prevent the re-emergence of any renewed interest in solar architecture.
“It is critically important that the positive benefits of daylight do not become confused with the negative impacts associated with excessive solar radiation, not least because modern glazing can reduce the transmission UVs,” the BRE Group said.
For the full blog, ‘Assessing the positive impacts of daylighting in buildings on health & wellbeing.‘ visit – http://www.narm.org.uk/news/41/118/Assessing-the-positive-impacts-of-daylighting-in-buildings-on-health-wellbeing/
For further information, please contact NARM using the contact details on our website, where you will be directed to the appropriate person.
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