VELUX offers EDUCATIONAL and informational resources for ARCHITECTS

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VELUX® America offers a number of educational and informational resources for architects and designers that address skylight and window issues including natural light, passive ventilation, and energy efficiency as they relate to fenestration.

VELUX® America offers a number of educational and informational resources for architects and designers that address skylight and window issues including natural light, passive ventilation, and energy efficiency as they relate to fenestration. Product information available includes drawings and specifications, code information, literature, installation methods and instructions, and continuing education seminars. Some resources that may be of special interest follow. Many others are available at

  • AIA CES Course - AIA continuing education system presentation on the benefits of daylight and fresh air in residential design. The one hour presentation focuses on daylighting and top lighting benefits, fresh air and natural ventilation benefits provided by skylights and vertical windows, thermal comfort standards and measures related to natural ventilation, and energy efficiency associated with skylights from both a lighting and natural ventilation standpoint as they relate to cooling and heating loads. To register go to
  • Daylight, Energy and Indoor Climate Basic Book – Issued by the VELUX Knowledge Centre for Daylight, Energy and Indoor Climate, this comprehensive 278 page book (3rd edition December 2014) shares insight and knowledge by giving specific advice and documentation on the effects and benefits of VELUX products in buildings. Topics covered include: daylight, ventilation, thermal comfort, acoustics, energy, and environment.
  • VELUX Daylight Visualizer – A professional simulation tool for the analysis of daylight conditions in buildings. This tool aids professionals by predicting and documenting daylight levels and appearance of a space prior to realization of the building design. It differs from commonly used CAD programs by permitting the accurate simulation and quantification of daylight levels in interiors. Tutorials, a descriptive brochure, a validation study, and Version 2.8.0 are available for free download at
  • A Study of the Energy Impacts of Residential Skylights in Different Climates – Homes that depend more on skylights in combination with vertical windows to provide adequate levels of daylight tend to be more energy efficient, according to a study commissioned by VELUX America. Prepared by Group14 Engineering, the study used computer models based on a one-story, open plan, single-family home modeled under code-compliant conditions of California’s Title 24 regulations (California Energy Commission, 2008), Residential Package D. Group14 Engineering is based in Denver, Colorado. The company specializes in energy modeling, daylighting and LEED strategy for architectural firms and building owners nationwide. The study is available from VELUX upon request.
  • A Study of Venting Skylights in Homes in Boston, Massachusetts – This VELUX America commissioned study documents that adding venting skylights can result in energy cost savings compared to a home without skylights. Group14 Engineering, based in Denver, Colorado, performed the 2014 study.

The study, available from VELUX America upon request, analyzes the energy cost, indoor air quality and thermal comfort impacts of VELUX venting skylights and compares them with those of whole house fans in residential homes. This study, like the earlier Group14 study on the energy impacts of residential skylights in different climates, provides additional empirical evidence that natural light and passive ventilation from skylights can contribute to the home’s overall energy efficiency.

  • Active House USA – The Active House concept is based on the idea that confortable and healthy living conditions are compatible with sustainable and energy efficient construction. The Smith residence, The First Active House in the USA, in chronicled in a comprehensive brochure and additional information on other residential projects utilizing skylights is found at Residential Cases.

VELUX America is an ENERGY STAR partner and has been recognized as a Partner of the Year.

VELUX is the world leader in skylights and roof windows and is one of the strongest brands in the global building materials sector.

VELUX America products are available nationwide through home centers, building material suppliers, lumberyards, and independent door, window, or roofing retailers. Consumers can locate local suppliers and installers, and access information on skylight selection and the benefits of bringing more natural light and fresh air into the home by visiting or A Skylight Planner App is also available to assist homeowners to visualize skylights, room by room, in their own homes.

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