27 Jun '15, 10pm

A Downside of Daylighting. How glazings are rising the number of dead birds.

A Downside of Daylighting. How glazings are rising the number of dead birds.

To maximize natural light, buildings need glass. Many skyscrapers classified and certified as energy-efficient and green have at least one entirely glass façade. This is generally positive as it ensures opportunity to maximize natural light, which is both beneficial for utility bills and for a buildings’ inhabitants. Daylighting advisement suggests strategically adding glazing wherever possible. Even this environmentally-conscious method of improving indoor spaces has a potential drawback—birds can’t see the barrier. A recently green built Duke University building, the Fitzpatrick Center for Interdisciplinary Engineering, Medicine and Applied Sciences, has supposedly caused 85 avian fatalities during multiple, 21-day monitoring periods in the 2014 to 2015 school year. Another unpublished study found that Duke is responsible for the highest number of bird deaths when 45 dif...

Full article: http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/news/a-downside-of-daylig...

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