Sustainable Roofing

ENEREF INSTITUTE INITIATIVE

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Sustainable Roofing Initiative encourages building owners and architects to use earth-friendly materials when specifying roofs.

A campaign to save our natural resources (and enjoy nicer roofs) in our buildings.

When the renovation was complete, it was unbelievable. Students were astonished by the results.

Ken Fibbi - Director of Buildings for the West Allegheny School Distric View Eneref Report

In all the buildings I’ve ever designed, they always have had a daylight component, because it just makes sense

Gerard Lee - Architect with Harley Ellis Devereaux View Eneref Report

I knew the ceilings were going to be beautiful with those light shafts cut through, and they are. It’s a really nice space.

Andrea Kowalski - Owner, Andrea Kowalski Architect LLC View Eneref Report

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

William Teal - Science Teacher, Alvin Junior High School View Eneref Report

Everybody comments on it because of the openness and the daylight. And when the moon’s just in the right spot—it’s great.

The Homeowner View Eneref Report

You wouldn’t believe it, how much daylight it makes inside the building. I mean it’s phenomenal.

Keith Bonn - Facilities Coordinator, Delta Gear View Eneref Report

WE WANT EARTH-FRIENDLY ROOFS

Natural interior daylight offers a multitude of benefits beyond energy savings. It is the highest quality light source available for interior environments, it is flicker-free and it provides excellent color rendering and color balance. And natural interior daylight is one of the fastest greenhouse gas reducing paybacks you can buy, because it shrinks both energy bills and re-lamping maintenance costs. The fact is, introducing daylight into buildings provides energy savings, excellent lighting quality and more beautiful interior spaces.

  1. Does natural interior daylighting on the roofs pay for itself?

    Lighting accounts for roughly one third of electricity used by commercial or educational facilities in the United States. Whereas natural interior daylight requires no energy beyond sunlight. And Natural interior daylight is about 10-times more efficient than rooftop PV cells for lighting a room.

  2. How do students preform under natural interior daylight?

    There is also plenty of evidence that daylighting improves occupant productivity in both schools and offices. Especially in learning environments, skylit classrooms provide a natural and stimulating space for teacher and student. While studies show that poor lighting adversely affects learning, daylighting has been proven to increase student performance in math and reading scores, as well as improving attendance. t button to change this text.


  3. How do office workers preform under natural interior daylight?

    Studies show that office workers have few sick days. The human performance numbers in daylighting systems are important because the ROI for daylighting installations can sometimes be a difficult sell. In fact, the human performance gains can outweigh the energy savings, where human performance can be measured in financial terms.

  4. Sustainable buildings reduce 80% carbon foot print

    According to Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler, small steps towards designing more sustainable buildings can make a big dent in the City’s carbon footprint – reducing emissions as well as energy bills. Through expanded benchmarking Mayor de Blasio’s vision of reducing 80 percent of our carbon emissions by 2050 might be realized.



Polycarbonate in Commercial Skylights

“We recommend polycarbonate Prismatic skylights, especially in hail zone areas, where strength and safety are key,” -- Pete Shannin, Vice President, Daylighting Product Solutions at Acuity Brands.

Natural Daylight Inside PA Elementary School

"When the renovation was complete, it was unbelievable. Students were astonished by the results." -- Ken Fibbi, Director of Buildings for the West Allegheny School District.

FAQ: Why don't we see more natural interior daylight in buildings today?

Eneref Institute has identified seven primary reasons we don’t see more natural interior daylight in our buildings. To learn the seven market obstacles to daylighting, download Eneref Institute’s report.