Evidence continues to mount for the integration of daylight into learning environments. Daylighting results when buildings incorporate sunlight into their design through skylights and windows. Reasearcher Lisa Heschong Mahone of the Heschong Mahone Group, found that students with the most exposure to daylight in their classrooms improved their scores on math tests 20% faster in one year, on reading it was 26% faster in one year versus those students with the least daylight.
R.P. Leslie of Lighting Research Center, Rensselar Polytechnic Institute corroborates Heschong’s work stating, ” Current research suggests health, productivity and economic benefits from daylighting. Done properly, daylighting creates interesting, dynamic interiors supportive of human health.”
Hechong, Lisa. 2002. Daylighting and human performance. ASHRAE Journal, vol.44 no. 6 (June), pp. 65-67.
Leslie, R.P. 2003. Capturing the daylight dividend in buildings: Why and How? Building and Environment, vol. 38, no.2 (February) pp. 381-85.