Introduction - staggered, depth, cavity, height
A well-designed building section is critical in achieving daylit core areas. Top lighting is a common way of getting daylight into core areas. Some of the top lighting methods include skylights, monitors, saw-tooth and clerestories. The following diagram shows these methods-
Some of the advantages of top lighting over side lighting are that it’s a natural direction of lighting; can achieve uniform light levels across large floor-plate; easier to control glare.
Design of skylights and windows need to be coordinated. The following figures show placement of skylights with and without windows:
The following diagrams show various design options:
Source: Daylighting Guide for Canadian Commercial Buildings, Public Works and Government Services 
Source: Daylighting Guide for Canadian Commercial Buildings, Public Works and Government Services
Skylights can be optimized by using tools such as Skycalc http://www.h-m-g.com/downloads/SkyCalc/skycalcreg.htm
- Daylighting Guide for Canadian Commercial Buildings, Public Works and Government Services, Canada, 2002
Lead Author(s): Vinay Ghatti
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