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AT L A N TA 5 0 + H O U S I N G C O U N C I L Maximizing a Home’s Light Helps Seniors Thrive According to the Center of Design for an Aging Society in Portland, Ore., older people need about three to five times more light than younger people for both vision and maintaining health. Studies show that Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), evidenced by emotional depression, a drop in physical energy, increased appetite and need for more sleep, is directly linked to a lack of sufficient daylight. Seniors know that as they age, their eyes adapt more slowly to changing light conditions, and the need for more light increases. Sunlight can enter our dwellings and be balanced through the use of windows, doors and skylights. According to Mims Mobley, regional builder manager with VELUX America, studies in Denmark show skylights admit 30 percent more light than vertical windows in dormers and provide the drama of a sky view that can’t be achieved with vertical windows. Many of today’s homes are on small lots with close neighbors, making privacy sometimes hard to find without closing the doors and covering the windows. With natural light from above, home owners can have privacy plus more wall space for storage or decorating where windows would normally be. Steve Romeyn of Windsong Properties says his communities take advantage of light as much as possible based on the layout of the lot and the adjacency of the home next door. “Adding larger windows is a home run for the residents of our communities. They provide the amount of light that seniors need, and they make for floor plans that are decidedly more open and airy. Since most of our homes include spacious outdoor patios, the natural light and the unencumbered space has been hugely attractive to our home buyers,” Romeyn added. The trend to include “passive light”—defined as light without the heat emitted by electrical sources—has really caught on in the 50+ housing market. It’s a form of natural light, but in this age of green building, it has acquired an upscale name. No matter what it’s called, it’s still one of the best lighting methods available. It’s free, effective and efficient. Passive light is easy to bring into homes through tubular skylights without flipping an electrical switch, especially to smaller interior areas that don’t normally get a lot of natural light, including hallways, laundry rooms, closets, or windowless bathrooms. Tubular skylights can bring passive natural light to areas where traditional skylights aren’t needed or won’t fit, while admitting very little of the heat that windows and other light sources produce. They capture light very efficiently through a clear, weatherproof dome on the roof. The light travels into the home through reflective tubing, ending at a diffuser in the ceiling that looks like a traditional light. All in all, trends in the 50+ market continue to emerge as the market expands. These trends are defi nitely something you must keep your eye on when planning new home communities that cater to the active adult market. 50+ Council Sponsors GOLD B. Sheppard Consulting VELUX Skylights SILVER Arrow Exterminators The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Kohler 30 JUNE 2008 | ATLANTA BUILDING NEWS

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Atlanta Building News - June 2008

Atlanta Building News - June 2008
From the President
Classes and Events Calendar
Builder Licensing Update
Trends in Lighting
Legal Corner
The Housing Institute
Earthcraft House
Homeaid Atlanta
Member News
Member Services
Atlanta 50+ Housing Council
Sales and Marketing Council
New Members
Index to Advertisers

Atlanta Building News - June 2008