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Sustainability Update

Daylighting Increases Productivity

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Solatube International produces daylighting systems that harvest natural daylight on the rooftop of buildings and disperses it inside. Several schools have installed these systems, including Red Hawk Elementary School.

MUSE School CA, a non-profit k8 school in Malibu, Calif., partnered with Solatube International last year to provide natural daylight in school classrooms, increase the performance of students and teachers and enrich the sustainable design. Solatube Daylighting Systems harvest daylight on the rooftop and allocate light evenly into a room with a highly reflective tube and diffuser at the ceiling.

Daylighting is a major part of the design of Red Hawk Elementary School in the St. Vrain Valley (Colo.) School District, which won a 2011 Solatube Award for Inspired and Creative Excellence in the use of daylighting design.

Research by the Heschong Mahone Group—a consulting firm specializing in energy efficiency—found positive correlations between classrooms with daylight and productivity. The group tested 21,000 students across three states and found that students in classrooms with more daylight processed 20 percent faster on math tests and 26 percent faster on reading tests in one year than those with the least.