Nowadays, you have the possibility to bring daylight into your home without changing or compromising the building envelope. Our building designers have selected the best skylight products you can use to bring daylight into your house in a thermal efficient way.
- Roof windows
Roof windows are a good option if you’re surrounded by nature and want to enhance landscape amenity. Each roof window has a variety of operational modes such as fixed, centre pivot with remote or manual control. Even though a venting roof window may cost about 40% more than a fixed one, it’s worth the extra cost for summertime comfort. The size and orientation need to be considered wisely. Our secret tip for a well-sized roof window to provide effective sunlight would be to not exceed 2%-4% of the room’s floor area. Note that you may still need additional windows to meet the building codes requirements (read also Best tips for choosing the right windows for your home for more information). We recommend to orientate roof windows on the northern façade for passive solar design and avoid eastern and western facades for excessive heat gain in summer.
- Tubular skylights
Tubular skylights (also known as sun tunnels) are a cost-effective option to bring daylight into your home consistently throughout the day. They capture the light from the sun and bounce it down the corrugated inside of a metal tube to bath the room beneath in daylight. By the use of tubular skylights, you then don’t need artificial light which has a considerable impact on the electricity bill! They can fit pretty much everywhere although we recommend not use them in bedrooms as they can’t be turned off on demand. The common locations would be in living areas and hall ways.
- LED daylighting
Also known as virtual skylights, this system is a versatile option for getting virtual daylight into difficult spaces such as a ground floor of a 3 storey house. LED daylighting mimics skylights by using photovoltaics panels on roof (solar generated electricity) and LEDs. In opposition to the tubular skylight, the LED daylighting can be switched off. However, it is important to take into consideration that this system does not provide real daylight in comparison to the roof windows and the tubular skylights.
For the best results, keep in mind that the design and location is to be considered correctly. Depending on your needs, contact our building designers or our energy assessors for more tips and advice for your next project.