VISUAL COMFORT

MULTICOMFORT buildings have the right type and amount of light for specific tasks – whether it’s for completing paperwork, performing surgery or bedtime reading.

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What is VISUAL COMFORT?

Without light, there would be virtually no life – human or otherwise – and the world would be a very different place. So, for mankind, light has always been closely associated with warmth, safety, health and happiness.

A visual connection to the outside world through exterior views is also crucial for an optimal sense of wellbeing. We can all appreciate that working in a window-less office, even under adequate lighting conditions, is a totally different experience to working in an office with an outside view. Abundant scientific studies record the positive impacts of the latter on mood, job satisfaction and productivity.

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Source: Health, Wellbeing & Productivity in Offices, The next chapter for green building - World green building council.

Having a better view out of an office window is associated with better overall performance, with productivity increased by:
7%–12%

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What contributes to
VISUAL COMFORT?

Until 20 years ago, most of the research on lighting was focused on how to provide enough artifi cial light to perform certain tasks. Since then, however, new demands for energy efficiency in buildings, as well as questions about the impact of artificial light on people’s health, have led us to re-evaluate the benefits of natural daylight – and re-consider the way we build for visual comfort.

Natural daylight is the illumination source to which our eyes are naturally adapted, so that we nearly always find it more comfortable than artificial lighting. When choosing a home, good natural light is often cited as the second most important criteria, after location.

Daylight, through its variations in intensity and tint, provides information about the hour of the day, the seasons, the weather – all of which helps to maintain our sense of psychological and social balance. Natural light also plays a major role in defining the aesthetic quality of a building; spaces lit with daylight generally appear more naturally beautiful and spacious.

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Source: Health, Wellbeing & Productivity in Offices, The next chapter for green building - World green building council.

There’s a significant link between the ‘visual appeal’ of a physical office environment and increased retention and recruitment levels of staff.

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Designing for VISUAL COMFORT?

The availability of natural light varies constantly – depending on the geographical location, the season and time of day – so ensuring a continuous quality of light to provide optimal visual comfort is a sophisticated design challenge.

Generally, a careful balance between natural and artificial lighting is recognised as the best way to ensure a comfortable experience. The presence of daylight and views, and the contrast between task lighting and ambient lighting, combined with inspirational interior design all play a role in our overall visual comfort.

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Source: New study from the Northwestern Medicine and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Office occupants with more light exposure during work hours sleep longer, and enjoy better sleep quality, more physical activity and a better quality of life compared with office workers with less light exposure in the workplace.

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Learn how our bodies experience VISUAL COMFORT

Find out more about the ways that human beings identify and react to different light levels

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