Sustainable Green Design and the Fire Service: The Saw-Tooth Roof

BY RONALD R. SPADAFORA The use of the saw-tooth design to exploit daylight more effectively is not new. It has been around for centuries. During the American Industrial Revolution, saw-tooth roofs were first built to illuminate factories. This was especially true of textile manufacturing mills in New England. Although daylighting techniques (see "Sustainable Design") are centuries-old, they have been "rediscovered" and have regained popularity with 21st century architects. Benefits from daylighting can be readily reviewed and analyzed by design professionals using computers and industry software tools. Natural lighting in industrial, commercial, and institutional moder...

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