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Daylighting and Workstation Wall Height
January 14, 2008 - Contact FacilitiesNet Editorial Staff »
If daylight sensors in a lighting system are part of your plan to reduce energy costs, consider lowering the height of the workstation wall panels in an open office environment.
To fully take advantage of as much natural daylighting as possible, panels should be no higher than 42 inches. This allows for the maximum amount of daylight to reach internal areas of the space, and allows access to natural views for more occupants.
If occupants are concerned about loss of privacy sometimes associated with lower wall heights, consider other options for privacy issues, such as compensating for lower speech privacy with acoustic ceiling panels or offering modular or removable panel extensions that can be used when more privacy is needed.
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