The demand for more daylight entry comes from the director of the retirement home. Director A. Kenis: "It is a classified building that is protected by the city of Brussels. It is being renovated into a modern and contemporary retirement home. As it concerns the healthcare sector, there is a minimum requirement of daylight provision per room.
Director A. Kenis:'' To bring in as much daylight as possible with as few modifications as possible, Solatube was chosen. This has happened, taking into account the fact that it is a protected building with a French roof made of zinc. The appearance of the building was important to preserve. This could be achieved through Solatube!
The daylight is very pleasant, and it certainly doesn't look too cold. The daylight is diffused throughout the room without being blinding and yet it feels soft and cozy. In our next renovation work, rooms will also be provided with Solatubes where necessary!
With a gym, theatre, hotel, shops and almost eighty spacious care apartments, De Volckaert is the model of elderly care in the 21st century. Both residents and non-residents can make use of the countless facilities, from playing sports to enjoying a theatre performance.
The fitness room and a connecting corridor were provided with a green roof by architect Oomen (Breda) and contractor Heijmans Bouw. To maintain the energy gain, the most efficient form of daylight entry was sought. The Solatube turned out to be the perfect solution to provide the fitness room and the corridor with natural daylight without affecting the indoor climate. This is due to the extremely favorable ratio between diameter and length with a reflection value of 99.7%.
The Solatube systems are very beautiful. You can hardly imagine that in that part of the building you walk under a thick layer of ground, that's how light it is.
When it was decided to turn an internal space into four additional daycare rooms at the hospital, managers were keen to explore how natural light could be brought into this otherwise gloomy area formerly illuminated by fluorescent lighting.
Initially, managers considered using traditional skylights but had concerns for potential security and safety in having an expanse of glass immediately above patients’ beds. Furthermore, their installation would be quite expensive, time consuming and disruptive. They then explored the possibility of using tubular skylights and were quickly convinced that these were the ideal products for their projects.
Ten Solatube Ø 53 cm daylighting systems were installed, each fitted with a remote-controlled daylight dimmer to allow patients to control the light during the day if they wished.
As soon as I spoke to Solatube it was obvious that they were much better informed than other companies in this field. They listened to the issues we were trying to address and were keen to help us find the right solution. We are very pleased with the effect the Solatubes have had in the day rooms in which they have been installed and are considering how we could use them at other Nuffield Hospitals to gain similar benefits.
When renewing the heart department in the hospital, we looked at what could be done about the care environment for patients and staff. It had to become lighter and more colourful, as well as more homely. Moreover, the workstation of the staff is at the centre of the department, where there are no direct windows.
The joint seating area has been addressed. Space has been given a homely feel by replacing old furniture. This central place is very important because it makes a positive contribution to patients and their healing process
In addition, the decision was made to create extra daylight in the department with Solatube daylight systems. After all, a natural environment has a vitalizing and calming effect on the patient as well as on the staff.
The insulating effect is another positive feature of the daylight system. This is a big plus for the climate control and energy efficiency of this department. A good indoor climate in hospitals can prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
We notice that people like to stay in the living room. The extra addition of daylight is experienced as positive, also by the staff.