The impact proper lighting has on work- place productivity and happiness is im- mense, and providing as much natural ight as possible not only improves oc- cupant morale but can also significantly reduce your energy spend. “The amount and quality of light that people need is very important, which is
why WELL and LEED certification require that everybody has access to natural light throughout the day.
Make sure people have access to windows and views,”
says Juliana Fernandez, Founding Partner of AEI.
Allowing natural light into the building and using
lights that are even and appear natural were critical
to improving the featured facilities. The following tips
can help you follow suit.
■ The building perimeter can be your ally if you
configure the interior properly. Avoiding light-trapping walls will let natural light enter the rest of
■ Bright walls reflect light into spaces, allowing you
to maximize the usefulness of available daylight.
■ Mitigate daylighting glare with films, shades
or other options for improved productivity and
■ Glass fronts throughout the interior of the building
allow you to divide the floor space into offices and
conference rooms while still letting in natural light.
■ Even lighting also helps productivity. “I see a lot
of office space where the lighting quality is poor,
and it leads to eyestrain, headaches and distraction. A good lighting system makes an office feel
better and function better,” explains Dan Perruzzi,
Principal and Senior Partner at Margulies Perruzzi
■ Well-lit corners, especially near windows, are
great places to add nooks and crannies for relaxation or impromptu meetings.
is outfitted with glass
throughout the building,
especially in the atrium.
Natural light from its
four stories penetrates
the entire building.
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brighten spaces that
don’t have much access
to natural light. Reflective materials like glass
can help with this too,
adds David Chason,
Partner of AEI U.S.
ONE WAY PERRUZZI SUGGESTS LETTING NATURAL LIGHT IN effectively
throughout the building is by rethinking the configuration of a building’s
perimeter, as MPA has done at this worldwide financial services firm in
Boston. Buildings commonly place private offices on the exterior, which
can block natural light from reaching the rest of the workstations on the
floor, but changing the status quo can be an enlightening experience.