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Light Matters: 7 Ways Daylight Can Make Design More Sustainable

Daylight is a highly cost-effective means of reducing the energy for electrical lighting and cooling. But architectural education often reduces the aspect of daylight to eye-catching effects on facades and scarcely discusses its potential effects – not just on cost, but on health, well-being and energy.

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Natural Interior Daylight Initiative

Eneref Institute Launches Daylighting Advantage Initiative for 2014

Philadelphia, PA, January 14, 2014 – Eneref Institute (www.eneref.org), a leading advocate for sustainable development since 2001, announces the launch of their Natural Interior Daylight (NID) initiative. The campaign is tailored to advance the nation's health, energy and environmental goals in commercial and residential facilities. Multiple lighting studies have demonstrated increased health and human productivity benefits for students and employees in spaces with properly designed natural interior daylight. 

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Bringing in the Sunlight

The benefits of daylighting in schools can include increased productivity and decreased energy and maintenance costs.

Today’s high-performance school buildings should take advantage of daylighting. Daylight harvesting includes skylights and tubular daylighting devices combined with sensors tied to dimmable lights, as well as south-facing windows with light shelves to bounce light onto the ceiling and automated window shades.

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Pennsylvania Governor Proposes $400 Million Education Boost

HARRISBURG, Penn. — Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, who will seek reelection this year, has announced considerable education funding increases in his upcoming budget.

“Education is the largest single item in my budget,” Corbett said Tuesday. “The increase I propose would bring direct state support of public education to $10.1 billion, more than 40 percent of state spending.”

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