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Optimizing Daylight as a Light Source in Schools Improves Students’ Academic Performance.

Young people spend the majority of their time in various educational environments, and these spaces are crucial to their psychological, physical and social development. School planners have an opportunity to design a school environment that supports cognitive functions and overall health, and that, consequently, improves student performance. Healthy students are better learners.

Schools play an important role in promoting the health and safety of students. When policies and practices are put in place to support healthy school environments, healthy students can grow to be healthy and successful adults.

“Schools’ Environment Should be Designed with the Occupants’ Safety, Health, and Wellness at the Forefront.” – Seth Warren Rose, Founding Director of Eneref Institute.

Teachers and support staff at an educational institution also play an essential role in shaping positive learning experiences. Teachers need the proper conditions to prepare lessons, instruct and mentor students.

Careful architectural planning for schools that is mindful of the occupants’ wellbeing and of students’ cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development is not only efficient for buildings but also healthy students and faculty alike.

1260Hours

Student Hours Indoors

Student Hours in Classroom

Students spend 1260 hours inside a school building, representing 14% of their day.

Daylight Uses Zero Energy.

On March 3rd, 2019, Eneref Institute wrote a letter to school executives across the country imploring that natural interior daylight be used for classroom lighting.

“The right daylight design in classrooms can improve student test scores.”

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We Can All Take Actions

What to Do

The first step to effect change is to conduct a thorough search about how to communicate with your state’s School Board of Education and School Facilities Board to demand the adoption of policies that guard students’ wellness. Discover your state Boards’ optimal timetables to receive public comments, written or oral, prior to meetings in which the implementation of new regulations will be considered. Furthermore, you can attend public meetings or feedback sessions conducted by the state Boards and register for a timeslot to speak directly to the executives. Finally, get involved in the schools’ family and community engagement programs. Make sure that your voice is heard and that your concerns are addressed so that younger generations have #WellnessFriendlySchools.

What to Know
  1. STUDENTS PERFORM BETTER UNDER NATURAL DAYLIGHT

    There is 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.

  2. TEACHERS PERFORM BETTER UNDER NATURAL INTERIOR DAYLIGHT

    Studies show that teachers have fewer 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.

  3. POLISHED CONCRETE SYSTEMS BRING A VARIETY OF BENEFITS TO SCHOOLS

    Sustainability, which is indispensable for students’ wellness, can be incorporated into schools with polished concrete floors. Polished concrete floors also enhance the aesthetic of the building while reducing maintenance costs. These systems’ durability is greatly appealing and they are a good fit for the high-traffic needs of a school.

  4. INCORPORATING HUMAN-FOCUSED DESIGN INTO BUILDINGS IMPROVES PRODUCTIVITY

    A healthy school environment boosts not only employee productivity but also student performance by optimizing comfort, morale and attitude. There is a direct relationship between academic achievement and health-related behaviors. What is more, a building’s increased health-oriented features reduce the risk of stress-related illnesses and heart disease.