Students across all schools in the UK spend the best part of their day inside a classroom. They are often exposed to artificial light sources while studying than they are to natural lights, which is a bit of a concern. This has adverse effects on them including attention problems and poor eyesight.
The question on most peoples mind is “could the integration of skylights in learning facilities enhance the performance of students?” Yes, it does. Many case studies have found sufficient evidence supporting the benefits of natural light provided by skylights in education settings. The studies show that the levels and quality of daylight have a positive impact on students’ performance.
Even your standard polycarbonate domes for simple flat roofs are known to improve the quality and increase the amount of daylight. Natural day lighting in the classroom significantly improves learning. It has a direct impact on improving the performance of students. It is for this reason there is increased awareness emphasising the importance of natural lights in learning environments.
Successful integration, however, depends on a number of factors that include the construction, location, and use of the building and the placement and design of the skylights. Using daylight to illuminate educational buildings also minimises energy costs and provides natural ventilation. We will discuss the physical and psychological benefits of skylights in detail below.
Reduced Energy Costs
Skylights minimise over-reliance on electricity. Natural light is free and available for most of the year. Installing skylights will enable sunlight to enter the classrooms, which eliminates the need for the use of artificial light. Lessened dependency on the artificial light would allow schools to save money that would otherwise be spent on energy bills. Saved money can be channelled to other essential purchases like books, computers and supplies.
As mentioned, exposure to natural lighting improves students’ attentiveness and focus in class. Many case studies show significant improvements in student performance where natural lighting has been introduced to their learning environment. By positively affecting cognitive function, students can perform better.
Lack of enough sunlight may lead to Vitamin D deficiency. Myopia is another eye condition that is brought about by constant reading and writing under poor lighting conditions. Installing skylights will allow light from outside to enter. A healthy dose of sunlight ensures that the students have lower risks of obtaining the mentioned conditions and other associated health concerns when in school.
Skylights for school classrooms have been proven to be positively and significantly correlated to better performance by students. Increasing of window area cannot efficiently substitute the addition of skylights. Integration of skylights greatly improves the daylight conditions of spaces like classrooms where visual performance is imperative. There are many designs of skylights. Do extensive research before picking an appropriate one. Consider the size of the classes and your budget before settling on a trustworthy and accredited contractor.