Green Building Construction and Daylighting: A Chief Officer's Perspective

BY RONALD R. SPADAFORAGreen building structures, also known as sustainable buildings, are designed, built, renovated, and operated in an ecological manner. They are created to meet certain criteria: to protect occupant health; to improve employee productivity; to use water, energy, and material resources more efficiently; and to reduce the overall impact of building construction on the environment.An important component of green building construction is the efficient use of natural light. Innovative methods are used in the design to draw more natural light into a building, improving the structure’s visual environment. The more natural light brought in, the less reliant occupants wil...

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