In terms of Energy Savings, day-lighting is one of the few initiatives that you can take that has a significant impact. These roof monitors allowed sunlight into the 2-story building through vertical south-facing glass, which was then controlled by the calculated placement of baffles so that direct sunlight was never a problem. The monitors were about 15' on a side and sloped down from a 7' high point. There were open areas in the second floor to allow sunlight to reach the first floor.
The glass in the roof monitors faced south to get the maximum amount of sunlight into the building all day long in a way that could be controlled. The monitors allowed that to happen in a way that skylights could not.
This project was built in 1997 by Dutch-owned candy company who had taken on the challenge of becoming sustainable by 2004. (They were bought by an Italian candy company before achieving the goal.)
- These details are needed to specify the configuration, construction and materials required for the roof monitors to assure daylight will be controlled.
- These details are referenced in the roof plan and building cross sections.
- You may want a specification covering the quality and installation aspects of these materials.
- These details should be placed on the Exterior Details sheet, the A-500 series of sheets per the National CAD Standards.
- A PDF of the details can be downloaded here.