Education & Medical Facilities Show Benefits of Daylighting
5 March 2012
Education & Medical Facilities Demonstrate Benefits of Daylighting
Adding to their substantial base of satisfied residential customers, HomeTech Solatube is pleased to reveal a number of recent commercial projects that have seen the large scale installation of Solatube Daylighting Systems into both educational and medical facilities, with brilliant results.
The Solatube™ Daylighting System is a state of the art roof-to-ceiling rigid Tubular Daylighting Device (TDD) that provides an abundance of pure, natural light to interior spaces without using electricity.
Mike Cullen, National Trade Manger, said: “Recently, we have undertaken a number of projects for progressive organisations who required tailored daylighting solutions, relevant to their respective sites: an early childhood education centre and a medical facility.
“These projects are exciting in a number of ways. It is great to see our specifically designed commercial range of Solatube Daylighting Systems being installed with such success, and on a wider level, it is great to see more and more businesses embracing daylighting as a means to manage their energy consumption, while enhancing the look and feel of their workplaces.”
Hillside Medical Centre and Wattlecove Early Learning facility join a growing list of commercial organisations that have recently employed HomeTech Solatube to create tailored daylighting solutions for their premises including Cadbury, Lexus Auckland, Lion Nathan, National Bank Blockhouse Bay as well as a number of aged care facilities.
“Further to the major incentive of decreased energy consumption and cost, there is growing awareness of the many benefits attributed to daylight exposure. Studies indicate there are many benefits to daylighting in educational settings, including reducing absenteeism and enhancing learning. Other benefits include boosted staff productivity, well being, satisfaction and performance. The list goes on.”
At the Wattlecove Early Learning facility, four Solatube Daylighting Systems were installed to compliment the daylight pattern created by the windowed section of the room. Staff are thrilled with the results, saying that what was once a dull area is now bright and natural. They also praised the attractive design and the installation process, which was undertaken after the building was completed.
Solatube Daylighting Systems were also installed at the Hillside Medical Centre in Hillsborough. Their objective was to brighten a dark internal consulting room and the hallway, with the aim of improving their patient experience. Initially, the plan was to daylight just one consulting room, but on seeing the results, the brief was expanded to include all of the consulting rooms.
“It is very rewarding for us to see organisations adopting the principles of sustainability and taking notice of the many benefits of using natural lighting to illuminate a range of spaces, from medical facilities to educational facilities.
“We are really excited to see the application of this product expanding. There are relevant Solatube Daylighting Systems for all kinds of buildings, from residential to commercial. We have installed some 100,000 Solatube Daylighting Systems in New Zealand, so the message is spreading. We look forward to being involved with more commercial projects in future, where sustainable and energy efficient design is being put into practice through the use of high quality daylighting,” said Mike Cullen.
About HomeTech Solatube
HomeTech Solatube has been providing healthy home solutions to New Zealanders since 1992 and has more than 50,000 customers across the country. From Kaitaia to Bluff, HomeTech Solatube’s nationwide network of credited installers provide New Zealanders with healthier homes by supplying and installing daylighting, condensation control, heating and attic stair solutions.
Part of the Future Proof Building (FPB) network, HomeTech Solatube works closely with other building industry innovators to educate New Zealanders about home renovating and the benefits of creating a Future Proof home.
HomeTech Solatube first introduced the Solatube™Daylighting System to the New Zealand market in 1992. Since then, the Solatube™ Daylighting System has been innovated, researched and re-designed to widen its application and for enhanced performance.
The HomeTech family of products also includes Heat Pumps and Air Conditioning, Condensation Control with Heat Recovery and/or Heat Transfer options, the Mitsubishi Electric Lossnay Heat Recovery system and Attic Stairs. They also supply a range of ventilation systems for either commercial or residential settings.
HomeTech Solatube is also active within the community, supporting the national charity Skylight. Every Solatube Daylighting System sold will see HomeTech make a donation to Skylight, allowing them to continue to provide a range of services that help children, young people and their families/whanau deal with trauma, change, loss, or grief, regardless of its cause.