Why Natural Light in the Workplace Is so Important   

Why Natural Light in the Workplace Is so Important   

Why Natural Light in the Workplace Is so Important  

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.

The Benefits of Natural Light in Office Interiors

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.

Now you know just how important natural light is when it comes to designing new office interiors, the next question on your lips is sure to be: What can I do about it? Fortunately, quite a lot.

  • Glass Partitions – Given that completely open plan office layouts rarely work very well in practice, it is not normally possible to do away with partitions completely. However, by employing clear or frosted glass partitions in your office interior design (the latter for areas where privacy is a requirement), you can minimise any loss of natural light that the partitioning of your workspace engenders.
  • Skylights – The installation of strategically positioned skylights is not something that can be considered in offices occupying the middle floors of multi-storey buildings but for companies with single–storey premises, they offer an easy way to dramatically increase the amount of natural light in all areas. The use of clerestories in corridors that are adjacent to offices with no windows can also help to increase daylight penetration.
  • Bright, Reflective Surfaces – Mirrors and white-painted walls can help to reflect daylight into the darker recesses of corporate workspaces, creating a more pleasant environment for the occupants of these areas.

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.

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