Design as Nature Intended

Design as Nature Intended: Using Skylights to Enhance Wellness Holistically Where We Learn, Work, and Recover.

It’s a fact – more than 90% of our time is spent indoors, disconnected from the natural environment. We need to redefine the way we live and thrive, day to day. The advent of artificial lighting and digital technology has further altered our life balance, resulting in minimal exposure to the outside, daylight, and fresh air. To regain our natural balance, design in the built environment must be committed to helping bring natural ventilation and abundant daylight to the forefront. The innovative skylights of today create superior daylighting solutions that offer more features and functionalities. Advances in skylight technology and automation can transform any commercial space into a healthier, happier place to learn, work, and recover. Using third-party certifications to design and build with assurance, including LEED v4.1 and WELL v2 are also discussed.

Learning Objectives

  1. Define what the Indoor Generation is, how it came to be, and the pivotal responsibility it places on the built environment.
  2. Discuss how the indoor environment impacts occupant health and wellbeing.
  3. Examine solutions to indoor environmental concerns and showcase innovative ways to introduce natural light, fresh air, and energy efficiency into commercial spaces.
  4. Demonstrate how architecture can be designed and certified for wellness and how architects, builders, and building owners can promote healthy living and working environments with skylights.

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1 GBCI CE Hour