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AAMA Fact Sheet introduces basics of top- and side-lighting.

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Mar 24, 2011 - AAMA fact sheet, "Daylighting Basics: Daylighting and Energy Savings," details how top-lighting and side-lighting contribute to a building design that integrates natural light and can help decrease energy costs. Fact sheet also details factors which impact efficient application of side-lighting and/or top-lighting, including building's purpose, features, and orientation, as well as typical climactic and daylight conditions, interior climate control system, and fenestration design.

American Architectural Manufacturers Association - Schaumburg, IL

Original Press Release

AAMA Fact Sheet Introduces Basics of Top-lighting, Side-lighting

Press release date: Mar 21, 2011

Schaumburg, Ill. -- The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has published a new fact sheet on daylighting and energy savings, detailing how top-lighting and side-lighting contribute to a building design that integrates natural light and can help decrease energy costs.

The fact sheet, titled "Daylighting Basics: Daylighting and Energy Savings," was developed by AAMA's Skylight Marketing Committee, chaired by Chris Magnuson of Wasco Products Inc. Magnuson stated that "daylighting is an important issue in the design and building process. For years to come good daylighting that is well-integrated into a building design can have positive effects over the entire life of a structure. The fact sheet serves as an explanation of side-lighting and top-lighting and how both can contribute to increased natural daylight and energy savings."

The fact sheet also details the factors which impact the efficient application of side-lighting and/or top-lighting, including: the building's purpose, features and orientation, as well as typical climactic and daylight conditions, interior climate control system and fenestration design.

"The fact sheet was created to serve as a resource that introduces the important points concerning side-lighting, top-lighting and factors that influence effective daylighting," says Angela Dickson, AAMA Marketing Manager. "With the rise of green building, daylighting is increasingly being utilized to lessen the need for electric lights as well as for energy savings through decreased heating and cooling load."

The fact sheet can be viewed here. More information about the AAMA Skylight Council can be found at www.aamanet.org/skylight. Sign up to get the latest AAMA news through the AAMA News and What's New feeds.

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