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REFRIGERATION & ICE

The Benefits and
Challenges of

Daylighting
Recreation Facilities
By Terry Piche, RRFA, CIT
Technical Director, Ontario Recreation Facilities Association Inc.

D

esigners of recreation
facilities embraced
the LEED 2009
daylighting standards which were
intended to connect
building occupants
with the outdoors through use of optimal
daylighting techniques and technologies.
In the practice of architecture, "daylighting" refers to the use of natural light, be it
brilliant sunlight or muted overcast light,
to support the visual demands of building occupants. Science has proven that
daylit environments increase occupant
productivity and comfort, and provide
the mental and visual stimulation necessary for human health. Given that electric
lighting in buildings consumes more than
15 per cent of all electricity, utilizing natural light can lead to substantial energy
savings. However, recreation facilities
that have aggressive daylighting goals
but are poorly operated will use more
energy and can subject users to excessive

glare and thermal HVAC-R stress. Welltrained recreation personnel entering in
to a facility with a significant amount of
daylighting will form an entirely different
opinion than that of the general-public.
To effectively manage such buildings,
senior staff must first understand key
terms associated with daylighting.
Adding windows to any building will
immediately improve the appearance
of the construction. However, the placement, types and quality of the window
will have a significant factor in its effectiveness. There are three ways to improve
the amount of light available from a window: (1) placing the window close to a
light coloured wall; (2) slanting the sides
of window openings so the inner opening
is larger than the outer opening; or (3)
using a large light-coloured window-sill
to project light into the room. Different
types and grades of glass and different
window treatments can also affect the
amount of light transmission through
the windows. The type of glazing is

an important issue, expressed by its
Visual Transmittance (VT) coefficient
also known as visual light transmittance
(VLT). "Smart glass" is the name given
to a class of materials and devices that
can be switched between a transparent state and a state which translucent,
reflective, or retroreflective. The switching is done by applying a voltage to the
material, or by performing some simple
mechanical operation.
Skylights are light transmitting windows that form all, or a portion of, the
roof of a building space. An alternative
to a skylight is a roof lantern. These
installations must be given careful
consideration in different geographical
locations, such as in areas that receive
significant amounts of snowfall. Regular
inspection and maintenance of these
installations must be added to a building's scheduled workplans.
Another type of device used is the light
tube, also called a tubular daylighting
device (TDD), which is placed into a roof
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Facility Forum - Summer 2017

Risk Management Guidelines for Water Recreational Equipment Areas
Water Use in Turfgrasses
Cemeterian Operations and Management Training– Cape Town, South Africa
The Benefits and Challenges of Daylighting Recreation Facilities
Effective Human Resources Management
Energy Champion – Time to Plan
Rules for Flying the National Flag of Canada
Preparing for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games
Health & Safety (PSHSA) – Preventing and Managing Heat Stress
Member Profile – Jim Bryson, City of Stratford
Index of Advertisers
Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - Intro
Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - cover1
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Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - Risk Management Guidelines for Water Recreational Equipment Areas
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Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - Water Use in Turfgrasses
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Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - Cemeterian Operations and Management Training– Cape Town, South Africa
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Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - The Benefits and Challenges of Daylighting Recreation Facilities
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Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - Effective Human Resources Management
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Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - 24
Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - Energy Champion – Time to Plan
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Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - Rules for Flying the National Flag of Canada
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Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - Preparing for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games
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Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - Health & Safety (PSHSA) – Preventing and Managing Heat Stress
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Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - Member Profile – Jim Bryson, City of Stratford
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Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - Index of Advertisers
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