The ‘Daylight & Views’ credit encourages and rewards the provision of well-lit spaces that offer appropriate levels of natural daylight for the tasks regularly performed by building occupants.
Evidence suggests that building occupants benefit from visual connections to the outdoors which offer a greater sense of time, weather and access to contextual focal points in the distance. Natural light and access to views external to the immediate workspace can help to prevent fatigue.
Access to views can be provided externally or internally, such as via clear lines of sight to a courtyard or atrium. In addition to measuring the levels of daylight access in regularly occupied spaces, building owners or managers must also be able to demonstrate that they have made information and guidance available to building occupants or tenants on how they can maximize the benefits of the daylight within their space. This includes the development of guidance documentation which offers suggestions on how to best utilize views and daylit spaces (low partitions, no walls or shelving in front of windows, etc).
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