Doug is my daily reminder of the impact of daylighting on kid...and this goes out to him!
Flipping through the arcCA magazine (theme: "schooldaze") from 4.04 and was reminded of the Heschong Mahone study of daylighting's impact upon student achievement and productivity. This study, from the "Windows and Classrooms" report, was done for California Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research program. As more and more talk of 'high performance schools' and linking achievement to environment takes place, this is a critical study to be aware of in this day and age.
An interesting moment from the article:
"Even though the physical characteristics of a classroom have a very minor potential influence on the performance of a given individual, they will reliably affect hundreds or thousands of students over the life of the building, typically fifty years. Since the design of classrooms is entirly within the control of the school district, much more so than student or teacher demographics, optimized design of schools should be a central concern for all new school construction."
FYI: 2 other studies by the same group done previously on the same topic:
- "Daylighting in Schools", completed for Gas and Electric (1999), examing schools in Seattle, Ft. Collins (CO), and San Juan Capistrano (CA).
- "Daylighting in Schools Reanalysis Report", completed for the California Energy Commission (2000) returned to the Capistrono schools.
Interestingly, from the 2nd report, they came to the conclusion that there was a "central tendency of a 21% improvement in student learning rates from those in classrooms with the least amount of daylight to those with the most."