Over the last few years, a number of studies have been conducted that reported on the beneficial effects of natural light in the workplace. These studies were conducted by reputable bodies such as the International Well Building Institute and the World Green Building Council so they are definitely worthy of serious consideration. Here at Saracen Interiors, we certainly take natural light seriously and our designs incorporate measures to ensure that it is maximised wherever possible.
According to the aforementioned studies, and the experiences of our clients, natural light in the workplace has a number of very important benefits to offer.
Employee Health – One of the findings to emerge from recent studies is that people who sit by windows in offices get an average of 46 minutes more sleep a night than their less fortunate colleagues who are seated in areas with little or no natural light. As any doctor will confirm, a good night’s sleep promotes both physical and mental health.
Productivity – Workers who can see what they are doing are obviously more productive. While artificial light can make up for low levels of natural illumination in darker areas of the office, it can also cause eye strain and fatigue, which are, as you can imagine, detrimental to employee productivity.
Energy Costs – The more natural light that can be incorporated into a new office interior design, the less money you will have to spend on artificial lighting costs. While this may not seem like a huge factor when compared to your other running costs, it can make a substantial difference over time.
For more ideas about how to maximise the amount of natural light in your office interiors, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the team at Saracen.