2 Avoid glaring situations
Often the hardest component of natural
light to control, glare causes visual stress on
the building’s occupants. Shoppers will tend
to bypass areas of high glare, reducing the
amount of effective merchandising space
Direct sunlight control is only the first step
to glare control. The interior design is the
critical second step. Darker colors and glossy
materials result in increased glare, while
lighter colors and matte finishes reduce
This does not mean that every store
brand needs to consist of light colors, only
that the majority of areas directly adjacent
to windows should be lighter color palettes.
In the depths of the store, glare is less of an
issue, so the interiors can be more freely
designed without negatively affecting
3 Balance natural
and artificial lighting
When daylighting is handled optimally for
a retail environment, not only are shoppers
and employees comfortable, but the electrical bill also tends to go down. Balancing
artificial lighting demand with available natural lighting often results in significant electrical savings.
Solar tubes are an excellent choice for
merchandising areas because they provide
diffuse natural light that attracts people to
those areas, but prevents direct sunlight from
entering the space. Perishable goods, wine,
antique art, and other sensitive merchandise
can benefit from the decreased UV radiation.
Tubular skylights also fit into spaces where
conventional skylights cannot be installed
and are more thermally efficient than traditional skylights.
Just inside a line of windows, ambient
artificial lighting is not needed for a zone
that may encompass anywhere from 6 to
15 feet, and even more space if the design
is augmented by light shelves or other passive systems that draw natural light into the
space. Areas around skylights or light tubes
also can forego artificial lighting for much of
a store’s operating hours.
Daylighting sensors will automatically
shut off unneeded artificial light, but will
turn the ambient lighting on when a set
footcandle threshold is reached, say at
night or during a storm. Sensors like this
can easily result in 15 to 20 percent electrical cost savings, making the return on
investment well within the life of the retail
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Lisa A. Thompson,
LEED AP BD+C, EDAC,
is a sustainability and
expert at EcoScapes
LLC, a company focused
on developing sustainable designs and
strategies for its clients. E-mail her at
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