Daylighting in Schools

Congress Elementary School, Milwaukee, WI

Congress Elementary School has two Cool Daylighting "copy" classrooms with special glazing and blinds. One of the two rooms also has full photosensor-controlled lighting. Both of the classrooms face East. The two classrooms are used for 1st and 2nd grade classes.

School/Daylighting Project Profile

  • Grades: K-6
  • School type: Urban
  • Demo size: 2 classrooms (grades 1-2)
  • Construction scope: Small Retrofit
  • Fenestration: Window wall, East facing
  • Blinds (upper): Venetian
  • Blinds (lower): Black perforated roller shades
  • Lighting: Direct-indirect pendants
  • Photosensor location: On fixture
  • Controls type: Dimming (in one classroom)

Daylighting Satisfaction Survey Results

Pros

  • Automatic dimming not noticeable
  • Dimming override appreciated by teachers
  • Window tinting not noticeable

Cons

  • Eastern exposure, too much sun in mornings
  • Numerous blinds must constantly be adjusted, inaccessible
  • Diminished space for posting teaching aids