Maximizing Daylighting Benefits in Open Offices
December 30, 2010 - Contact FacilitiesNet Editorial Staff »
Utilizing proper daylighting in a space can increase employee productivity and save energy. 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 take full advantage of energy savings.
Panels should be no higher than 42 inches to maximize daylight penetration. It also allows access to views out the windows for more occupants, which studies have shown increases mood and productivity.
If occupants are concerned about loss of privacy sometimes associated with lower wall heights, consider other options for acoustical 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.