Natural daylight, and its role in promoting health, wellbeing and productivity, is the subject of a new RIBA-approved learning module from internal glass specialist Indeglås, ‘Daylight Transfer – a Guide to the Design Approach, Installation and Maintenance of Internal Glass’.

Managing director Jeanette MacIntyre said: “We need to stop planning and procuring our buildings based on using cost models which only reflect construction stage rates; instead, the whole life value of the building, how well it supports human productivity and long-term health, are of far greater relevance to the creation of a net zero carbon in the circular and sustainable economy. 

“As we build to protect mankind from the elements and to create environments which support a range of activities and collaboration, we can now use also evidence-based scientific data to design interiors which ensure occupants remain connected to daylight, an essential component in human health and productivity.”

The CPD module, which carries one hour of professional accreditation, makes references to neurological research from institutions including Harvard Medical School and discloses new data on how the human brain reacts to daylight.

“It has been proven scientifically that humans have an in-built requirement to experience the continually shifting patterns of daylight from morning to night”, said Ms MacIntyre.

“Part of our brain controls the circadian rhythm, an internal biological clock which amongst other subconscious functions, regulates our sleep-wake cycle.  This neural function is reliant on receiving coded messages from the eyes, linked to daylight patterns.”

Ms MacIntyre, who rebranded her business as Indeglås in 2017 after completing a management buyout, has been working with the considered application of glass for more than 30 years and is a passionate advocate of engineering daylight from the external face of a building all the way through to its core.