It’s a well-known fact that classroom design affects student learning – but to what extent? Most recently a study concentrated on how color, lighting, and other classroom design choices can have a huge impact on student progress (read more here).
Consequently, it was found that classroom design could be attributed to a 25% impact, positive or negative, on a studen’ts progress over the course of an academic year. An important attribute of the study concentrated on light and student performance.
Because of these staggering statistics, below are our top 3 reasons why natural light is crucial in classroom design:
1. Improves Performance
The official blog of the U.S. Department of Education states: Classrooms with the most daylighting had a 20% better learning rate in math and 26% improved rate in reading compared to classrooms with little or no daylighting.
2. Creates a Healthy Learning Environment
According a recent study entitled Effect of Daylighting on Student Health and Performance:
- Daylighting promotes a vitamin D generation and circadian regulation
- Poor daylighting causes discomfort, which reduces learning and it is detrimental to the physical and mental health of students
- Daylighting also enhances mental performance, decreases depression, improves sleep, and can help treat Seasonal Affective Disorder
3. Promotes Sustainable Building Design
According to the U.S. Department of Education, "America’s schools spend more than $8 billion each year on energy, and about 26% of electricity consumed by a typical school is just for lighting alone." Additionally, "Utilizing natural light can lead to substantial energy savings. Electric lighting in buildings consumes more than 15 percent of all electricity generated in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Energy Information Administration," (Source).
KI Furniture Lights the Way
Natural light can have amazing beneficial effects on student success, and has not one, but two movable wall solutions to help encourage the educational process and improve student achievement and wellness. KI’s Lightline™ wall seamlessly connects with KI’s proven Genius® wall.
Whether combined or separated, KI’s movable walls support superior environments, providing both beautiful form and functional utility. Contact us today to discover how KI can light the way in your learning environment.