ATLANTA, Nov. 19-22, 2019 With the acquisition of Wasco Products Inc., VELUX America now offers an expanded commercial skylight product line. Commercial builders and developers have access to various daylighting solutions that help make commercial spaces not only energy-efficient but healthier, happier spaces for those inside.
According to the EPA, people on average spend 90% of their time indoors, so it’s increasingly important to bring nature inside, whether at work or at home. A recent YouGov Survey, commissioned by VELUX, noted that 63% of US participants said they only spend one hour or less a week in nature. However, most adults say more time in nature positively affects their health and wellbeing, and studies1 show that people are more productive when they have more access to nature in their places of work. Other studies2 have found that retail spaces with skylights can boast a 40% increase in sales than those without skylights.
VELUX offers a variety of commercial designs and options available for commercial spaces,” said Brian Grohe, commercial sales manager at VELUX America. “Incorporating nature into these spaces positively impacts their wellbeing and gives facility managers an opportunity to save on electrical lighting costs.
Structural skylight systems offer limitless design possibilities with sizes and shapes to fit any architectural vision. Many of the framing systems support spans of up to 40 feet with glazing options including energy efficient glass, hurricane-rated glass and polycarbonate. Structural skylights are available in Cluster and Extruded Gutter Systems, Continuous Vault Systems, Double Pitch, Extended Pyramid, Lean-To, Low Profile, Octogonal Pyramid, Single Pitch, Square Pyramid and Structural Ridge.
Ideal for warehouses or big box retail spaces, the Dynamic Dome commercial skylight is engineered to capture more daylight in the early morning and late afternoon. This innovative design allows the buildings lights to stay off nearly an extra hour per day, and research shows that it lets in an extra hour of daylight every day compared to its competitors.
There are a variety of tangible benefits business owners can take advantage of by installing the Dynamic Dome,” continued Grohe. “Giving workers more access to nature helps them be more productive, and relying less on electricity helps make businesses more energy-efficient.
For projects where daylight and ventilation are priorities look to VELUX Modular Skylights, which use a prefabricated system that requires no on-site glazing to save time and allow for installation in nearly any weather condition. The VMS system comes in customizable designs available in both fixed and venting skylights, with both designed to look identical in the closed position. VELUX offers six VMS configurations:
- Longlight 5-25° - A single series of modular skylights with a low-pitch design that provides a great option for larger rooms, corridors and hallways
- Wall-Mounted Longlight 5-25° - A series of skylights that innovatively mount against a vertical wall
- Northlight 40-90° - Bands of modular skylights that are raised to allow sunlight into below rooms. The upright design makes it a great choice for installations that face the Northern Hemisphere
- Ridgelight 25-40°- Made of two symmetrical rows of self-supporting skylights that allow light and openness into areas below
- Atrium Longlight 5-25° - Multiple rows of longlights, supported only by structural beams, create a symmetrical design of venting and fixed units
- Atrium Ridgelight 25-40° - Multiple rows of ridgelights, supported only by structural beams, create a symmetrical design of venting and fixed units
In addition, the VMS skylights come in three different module options including the Fixed Skylight Module, Motorized Comfort Venting Skylight Module which opens to 410mm and the Motorized Smoke Venting Skylight Module which opens to 700mm in less than 60 seconds. Each module is watertight, airtight, durable, energy-efficient and available in either two or three-layer glazing options.
VELUX is the world leader in skylights and roof windows and is one of the strongest brands in the global building materials sector. VELUX America products are available nationwide through home centers, building material suppliers, lumberyards and independent door, window or roofing retailers. Consumers can locate local suppliers and installers and access information on skylight selection and the benefits of bringing more natural light and fresh air into the home by visiting www.veluxusa.com or www.whyskylights.com. VELUX skylights are made in America in Greenwood, South Carolina.