Numerous studies have concluded that the indoor environment in classrooms has an impact on the performance of children. Although there are well known benefits of natural light in general, this new report supports the hypothesis that the amount of daylight in a classroom affects its pupils’ test results
The new study by UPMC / INSERM (Epidemiology of Allergic and Respiratory Disease (EPAR) Department, IPLESP) in France involved 2,387 children across Europe.
The extended analysis, based on a European survey investigating the health impact of school environments on children, found that pupils working in classrooms with larger windows, a higher percentage of windows facing south and adequate daylight control performed better in mathematical and logic tests.
But how can classrooms achieve more daylight?
The most recent results for our renovation project at the Endrup School, in Fredensborg, eastern Denmark shows that roof windows can significantly improve access to daylight in classrooms.
By installing roof windows in each of the preschool classrooms, the rooms now achieve 3.7% - 5.7% average Daylight Factor, the most commonly used performance indicator to evaluate daylight availability in buildings, compared to the average results before renovation of 0.8% – 1.1%.