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      DAYLIGHT DIVIDENDS CASE STUDY: SMITH MIDDLE SCHOOL, CHAPEL HILL, N.C.

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      Journal of Green Building

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          INTRODUCTION

          Daylight Dividends is a three-year research program facilitating the widespread implementation of daylight in buildings. The “dividends” include human comfort and performance and energy savings. Daylight Dividends is run by the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on behalf of the project sponsors.

          The Daylight Dividends program was established to build market demand for daylighting as a means of improving indoor environmental quality; to overcome technological barriers to effectively reap the energy savings of daylight; and to inform and assist state and regional market transformation and resource acquisition program implementation efforts.

          In 2004, Daylight Dividends published a case study on the R. D. & Euzelle P. Smith Middle School, part of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School District in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The school embraced an environmentally conscious attitude and continues to exemplify good daylighting practice since it opened its doors in 2001.

          The case study documents that good daylighting design incorporated at a building’s inception yields positive results in energy savings (64% reduction in lighting energy), comfort (teachers and students favor daylighting in the classrooms), and a reasonable return on the added investment (4.2 years).

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          Journal
          jgrb
          Journal of Green Building
          College Publishing
          1552-6100
          1943-4618
          1943-4618
          Winter 2006
          : 1
          : 1
          : 33-38
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          1.Lighting Research Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, www.lrc.rpi.edu. Mr. Guyon may be reached at guyond@ 123456rpi.edu .

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          jgb.1.1.33
          10.3992/jgb.1.1.33
          ©2006 by College Publishing. All rights reserved.

          Volumes 1-7 of JOGB are open access and do not require permission for use, though proper citation should be given. To view the licenses, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/

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          Pages: 6
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