SCHOOL BUILDINGS

TEACHERS PREFERRED NATURAL DAYLIGHT INSIDE PENNSYLVANIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Benefits of Lighting Controls with Natural Interior Daylight in Classrooms.

Wilson Elementary is a public school in the West Allegheny School District near Pittsburgh, PA. When engineering firm Thomas & Williamson distributed a survey to school staff, they came back with notable findings.  Seventy-one percent of the teachers expressed keen interest in having natural interior daylight in their classrooms.

The installation of skylights and LED lighting controls at Wilson Elementary, along with the electrical system upgrade, brought huge energy savings for the school. Buildings Director Ken Fibbi notes that the school’s electrical consumption fell from about 1.5 million kWh in 2013 to around 740,000 kWh in2015—meaning that this project more than halved the school’s annual energy use.

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“We don’t have to have the lights on at all some days, and the light in my room is enough for me to teach,” exclaimed Terisa Sharlow, the Wilson music teacher.

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ROOFING REPAIR PROGRAM BRINGS NATURAL LIGHT INTO MASSACHUSETTS SCHOOL

A Rooftop Repair Program Was Employed To Brighten a Massachusetts Middle School.

The Massachusetts School Building Authority optimized a rooftop repair program with a code-compliant, energy-saving natural interior daylight system that enhanced the school building’s interior environment.

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“We’re all about natural light, and we will pay for skylights that meet the requirements, but that’s a decision that the architect and the district makes,” said Jack McCarthy, Executive Director, Massachusetts School Building Authority.

While for one middle school, roof replacement was the primary objective of the project, the program provided an opportunity to significantly upgrade the existing old-style dome-shaped skylights.

“If you were in the school interior, you couldn’t even see that the skylights were up there,” said Phillip Williams, Energy Manager, Town of Ashland.

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DAYLIGHTING BRIGHTENS SCIENCE CLASSROOM FOR TEXAS JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL

Tubular Daylight Devices Save Energy With A Cost Effective Retrofit.

William Teal is a science teacher at Alvin Junior High School in Texas, who has benefited from his classroom’s recent retrofit with rooftop tubular daylighting devices.

“Overall it’s great – the kids definitely enjoy having natural light in there,” declared Teal. “It’s just a much more natural feel.”

While he appreciates the look and feel of the new daylighting system installed in his science classroom, what really sold Teal was the Texas-sized thunderstorm that knocked out a transformer leaving the school without electricity. The entire school went dark, except for Teal’s classroom. In fact, the rooftop daylighting system is even “high-velocity hurricane zone” approved.

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