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Brighten Office and Retail Spaces with Natural Light and Fresh Air
DALLAS, Feb. 4-6, 2020 – The VELUX commercial product offering offers many solutions to roofers working on anything from airports to shopping malls to office and retail spaces. Bringing nature inside, like natural light and fresh air, serves to make the indoor spaces healthier for those inside. 


People are spending more time indoors, 90% according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency1. Therefore, creating workplaces filled with natural light, fresh air and views of nature, is increasingly important. A recent YouGov Survey, commissioned by VELUX, noted that 63% of U.S, respondents said they only spend one hour or less a week in nature. However, most adults say more time in nature positively affects their health and well-being, and studies2 show that people are more productive when they have more access to nature in their places of work. Other studies3 have even found that retail spaces with skylights can boast a 40% increase in sales over those without skylights.



“Incorporating skylights into commercial roofing plans provides a number of benefits. In addition to creating healthier spaces through the addition of natural light and fresh air, these products promote energy-efficiency,” said Brian Grohe, commercial sales manager for VELUX America. “Skylights allow business operators to rely less on electricity to power buildings.”


Structural skylight systems offer limitless design possibilities with sizes and shapes to fit any architectural vision. Many of the framing systems support spans of up to 40 feet with glazing options including energy-efficient glass, hurricane-rated glass and polycarbonate. Structural skylights are available in Cluster and Extruded Gutter Systems, Continuous Vault Systems, Double Pitch, Extended Pyramid, Lean-To, Low Profile, Octagonal Pyramid, Single Pitch, Square Pyramid and Structural Ridge.


For roofs on HVAC conditioned warehouse spaces, the EcoSky3 with Lumira Aerogel Panel offers an energy-efficient skylight option for hot and cool climates. Its outer acrylic sheet is infrared blocking, light diffusing and 100 percent haze white, while the Lumira® aerogel multiwall polycarbonate panel laylite boosts thermal performance and light diffusion. EcoSky3 models meet IECC 2018 requirements in all climate zones.


Ideal for roofs on warehouses or big box retail spaces, the Dynamic Dome commercial skylight is engineered to capture more daylight in the early morning and late afternoon. This innovative design allows the building’s lights to stay off nearly an extra hour per day, and research shows that these skylights let in an extra hour of daylight every day compared to its competitors.


“Incorporating Dynamic Domes into the roofing systems of warehouses, manufacturing plants and distribution centers positively affects the well-being of those inside,” continued Grohe. “Bringing natural light inside these buildings helps boost worker morale and productivity, creating an overall positive affect on wellness.”


For projects where daylight and ventilation are priorities look to VELUX Modular Skylights (VMS), which use a prefabricated system that requires no on-site glazing to save time and allow for installation in nearly any weather condition. The VMS system comes in customizable designs available in both fixed and venting skylights, with both designed to look identical in the closed position. VELUX offers six VMS configurations:


• Longlight 5-25° - A single series of modular skylights with a low-pitch design that provides a great option for larger rooms, corridors and hallways

• Wall-Mounted Longlight 5-25° - A series of skylights that innovatively mount against a vertical wall

• Northlight 40-90° - Bands of modular skylights that are raised to allow sunlight into below rooms. The upright design makes it a great choice for installations that face the Northern Hemisphere

• Ridgelight 25-40° - Made of two symmetrical rows of self-supporting skylights that allow light and openness into areas below

• Atrium Longlight 5-25° - Multiple rows of longlights, supported only by structural beams, create a symmetrical design of venting and fixed units

• Atrium Ridgelight 25-40° - Multiple rows of ridgelights, supported only by structural beams, create a symmetrical design of venting and fixed units


The VMS system comes in three module options including the Fixed Skylight Module; Motorized Comfort Venting Skylight Module, which opens to 410mm; and the Motorized Smoke Venting Skylight Module, which opens to 700mm in less than 60 seconds. Each module is watertight, airtight, durable, energy efficient and available in either two- or three-layer glazing options.


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VELUX is the world leader in skylights and roof windows and is one of the strongest brands in the global building materials sector. VELUX 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 VELUX skylights are made in America in Greenwood, South Carolina, and Wells, Maine.


1 US Environmental Protection Agency
2 Psychology Today – Exposure to Natural Light Improves Workplace Performance 
3 Heschong Mahone Group - Windows and Offices: A Study of Office Worker Performance and the Indoor Environment – CEC PIER 2003 

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Velux is the source for residential and commercial daylighting products. The No Leak skylight product line comes in curb or deck mounted and solar or electric venting options for homes. For commercial projects, the Velux Modular Skylight system saves time on installation, and the Dynamic Dome commercial skylight harvests more low-angle sunlight. With the acquisition of Wasco Products, Inc., Velux now offers customizable structural glass skylights for homes or commercial spaces. 

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