“We want lots of glass across the entire back of the house!”
This is one of the most consistent things we hear when first engaging with a prospective client. As contemporary architecture and modern design sweep the country, the demand for “day lighting” has re-emerged.
Sunlight can provide effective internal lighting. Particular attention is given to day lighting while designing a building when the aim is to maximize visual comfort or to reduce energy use.
There are many reasons to daylight a home. The most obvious is to let in more natural light; however other reasons include ventilation, passive solar design for energy efficiency, architectural drama, and to maximize the view.
As energy certifications for new buildings become the standard, a focus on the glazing and overall architectural design is becoming more of a demand. Lastly, location-dependent, a desired view can dictate how a wall is designed and built and is the gateway to bringing the outside in.
When thinking of design, the first – and often easiest – is to simply enlarge window openings. Most window manufacturers will offer specific, or maximum sized, units, so having large windows operable may be an issue. Another complicating factor, depending on your region in the country, is the glazing efficiency.
To sum up
You will be glad if you choose a home that dials up the daylight. Homeowners report being happier, healthier, and more productive than those who do not live in well-lit home.