How VELUX® are transforming learning with light

When thinking back to your school days, you probably won’t remember light, bright spaces that illuminated the mind. Thankfully, times have changed. Now, learning environments are creating a completely different school experience, with thanks to contemporary builds, slick designs and innovative materials.

As one of the strongest brands in the global building materials industry, VELUX® has over 75 years’ experience in creating better living and working environments with natural daylight and fresh air through the roof – precisely why VELUX® are the ideal choice for educational projects.

With extensive experience and knowledge in the education-building sector, VELUX® knows that light can transform, not only the learning space, but also the entire learning experience within it. And this is not just in theory, research has shown that children taught in a bright and ventilated space can have as big as a 15%* improvement in their performance. Can you imagine if you had performed 15% better in school, what impact this might have had on your life?

The extensive range of VELUX products means you’ll be able to find the ideal solution for any education building project, large or small. Take prefabricated VELUX Modular Skylights for example, they are revolutionising both how commercial skylights look and how they’re installed. VELUX® spent several years working with famous architect firm Foster + Partners to create a flexible, beautiful skylight system that transforms any space with more daylight, better ventilation and an unrivalled look and feel.

Designed with both architects and installers in mind, VELUX Modular Skylights are not only aesthetically brilliant, they’re exceptionally simple to install. They are uniquely and completely prefabricated offsite, which makes for a much quicker, easier and safer installation – one that can be three times faster than a traditional installation. The modules simply click into place and can be fitted together in minutes, which minimises time spent on the roof. This means installers can make the building watertight exceptionally quickly, so rain won’t hold up the installation. This is vital for educational builds, where time and budget constraints can put strain on organisers and builders alike.

We know that budget constraints don’t end once a school is erected, which is why it’s vital to choose roof windows that are energy-efficient. VELUX Modular Skylights not only maximise daylight and fresh air, they also perform brilliantly, boasting an energy efficiency rating that exceeds current standards.

Flexibility is another string to VELUX Modular Skylights’ bow. The modules can be fitted together in multiple ways, and there are eight different sizes too, so they are the perfect fit for a huge range of spaces, including narrow corridors, wide atriums, internal gathering spaces and more. This flexibility means prefabricated VELUX Modular Skylights are exceptionally versatile, offering the ideal solution for education projects of any size.  

Schools need to inspire learning with their look and feel, but they also need to stand the test of time. VELUX Modular Skylights are exceptionally durable and are guaranteed for 10 years, while boasting a lifespan of 30+ years.

The power of VELUX Modular Skylights in educational builds couldn’t be more felt than in St. Francis Primary School on the Isle of Wight. Originally designed in the 1950s, the local authorities approved plans in 2010 to transform the school into a contemporary learning space. In 2013, the new school was unveiled, with 82 VELUX Modular Skylights. Head Teacher, Angela Hewkin is delighted with the transformation. “We now have a truly 21st century feel to the school.” Concentration levels are up, grades are better, attendance has improved – all by harnessing the power of light.

VELUX® certainly has the seal of approval from little learners, but older students are also feeling the VELUX benefits of daylight and fresh air. As the first new secondary school in Cambridge for 50 years, it was vital that Trumpington Community College was a successful and impressive build.

The college was opened in September 2016 and excessed expectations, thanks to the prolific use of VELUX Modular Skylights. Andrew Hutchinson OBE, the Executive Principal at Parkside Federation Academies, couldn’t be happier with the outcome. "At Trumpington Community College, we were looking for a glazing solution that provided a sense of light and space while minimising glare in our open learning areas. The VELUX Modular Skylights system that has been installed has helped us create an exceptional working environment... we are delighted with it!”

Not only do VELUX Modular Skylights transform educational spaces, VELUX flat roof windows are also an ideal choice for schools and colleges. Flat roof windows are perfectly suited to smaller glazed areas or sections where multiple windows are required. VELUX flat roof windows create a light and airy atmosphere, giving a modern and attractive design, whilst meeting all technical demands. VELUX® continually strive to innovate, which is evident in the fact that the VELUX range includes the world’s first curved glass rooflight. With an innovative edge-to-edge glass design, rain effortlessly runs off the glass and allows daylight to flood in.

On the recent build at Westleigh High School in Lancashire, a range of flat roof windows and VELUX Modular Skylights were selected, with exceptionally impressive results. The school is now light, bright and a truly inspiring space to learn.

Whatever the education build project, you can find the ideal daylight solution with premium VELUX quality as standard.

*Research shows that doubling ventilation can improve the performance of school children by an average of 15%. Also a good daylight supply increases the health, wellbeing and performance. Sources: "Indoor Environment and Learning in Schools", the International Centre for Indoor Environment and Energy (ICIEE), the Technical University of Denmark, 2013 and "Daylighting and Human Performance”, L. Heschong, ASHRAE Journal, vol. 44, no. 6, pp. 65-67, 2002.

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