Hambleside Danelaw Ltd have been manufacturing GRP rooflights in the UK for 40 years. Our brand Zenon® is the market leader in developing environmentally conscious solutions to improve building energy performance, while reducing the carbon footprint through the efficient and effective use of daylight. Our GRP rooflights can be used in industrial, agricultural, and commercial buildings.
Rooflights play a vital role in the modern building, but are often overlooked. They can help the designer, the building owner and the occupier to achieve a truly sustainable, energy efficient and enjoyable place to work and to live in.
Rooflights allow up to three times more natural light into the internal space than a window/vertical glazing of the same size.
Correct rooflight design – at the outset of the building concept or fitted retrospectively – can have dramatic efforts on all aspects of the building. Impacting the owner’s potential asset value, to the well-being and productivity of the occupants.
Buildings which provide high levels of natural light generally have more positive working environments than those which are dependent on artificial light. People respond better in natural light conditions, as the eye and brain functions work better. This results in improved concentration and overall performance. Introducing rooflights reduces dependency on artificial light, which significantly reduces energy consumption and running costs. This also impacts positively on the buildings overall carbon footprint.
In addition, thermally efficient insulated GRP rooflights can further reduce heat loss and energy costs.
The Building Regulations Approved Document Part L recognises these benefits, as well as the effectiveness of rooflights as a contributor. It recommends that industrial and commercial building structures should have a rooflight area of 10% to 20%.
The graph below demonstrates the reduction in CO2 emissions of a typical notional building as the rooflight area is increased to the optimum 16% to 18% and used in conjunction with a fully automated lighting control system.
The diagram above features other aspects to be considered within sustainable building design. To find out more about these considerations and their importance when specifying GRP rooflights, please visit our technical guidance section.