We all prefer to see a landscape than a “picture” of it, we prefer to breathe pure air than oxygen through a mask, and we also prefer a real plant to a plastic one.
Human beings prefer natural to artificial things. As could not be otherwise, they prefer natural daylighting to electric lighting.
Daylight availability is one of the most valued criteria mentioned by users when considering the comfort conditions in a building’s inner space.
When a skylight reflector is installed on top of a building atrium introducing daylight into the inner courtyard, the pas of time during the day, produces a motion effect of the reflected light on the walls of inner courtyard. This little detail produces pleasant feelings and sense of wellbeing to people located in rooms with windows or skylights overlooking the courtyard.
But it’s not just a matter of user preferences and sensations but also of positive performance effects detected. Sure that one thing leads to another. Indeed, analyzing people’s activity performance inside buildings the results are a reduction of effort in reading, more concentration in work, better student performance at school and healing of patients in hospitals, itis antidepressant, reduces ocular tension, reduces irritability and, why not, allows decorative plants to live.
From a business point of view, welfare of employees working under natural light conditions reported an increase in its productivity.
In the same way studies have shown an increase in sales in the commercial sector and specifically in hotel and catering trade.
Taking into account that citizens spend upwards of 90 percent of their lives indoors we will realize the importance of daylight inside buildings and natural daylight benefits.
Daylighting benefits the quality of life of people in their daily life, and in its performance give meaning to our daily and long term work.