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What a bespoke rooflight can do for you

Opening up to more light can transform a project, optimising a design's potential and energising its spaces

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Glazing Vision rooflights bring natural light into the extension of a family home, helping to increase energy efficiency by reducing reliance on artificial light.
Glazing Vision rooflights bring natural light into the extension of a family home, helping to increase energy efficiency by reducing reliance on artificial light.

Seventy per cent of RIBA House of the Year 2023 shortlisted projects feature rooflights.

This is no surprise given that rooflights and roof windows allow architects to unlock design potential, play with light, increase ventilation and access unused space. 

Bring light into the dark heart of period properties

Many Victorian properties are gloomy so homeowners rely on artificial light, which impacts wellbeing, energy efficiency and sustainability.

This was the specification challenge faced by Simon Heckford of Bristol-based Oasys Property Solutions when he was designing an extension featuring a large kitchen/dining/living space (see picture, above).

Despite the north-east-facing orientation, an abundance of natural daylight was a must. Glazing Vision provided technical advice and Heckford specified two flat Glazing Vision Flushgaze rooflights and a wall-abutted bespoke rooflight.

'There’s no question that the quality, and consistency, of natural light from the rooflights - even in the bleakest weather - contributes to the bright and airy feel of the extension,' he says.

  • Glazing Vision’s Flushglaze Fixed Walk-On Rooflight frees up a roof to be used as a terrace, while flooding the kitchen below with light.
    Glazing Vision’s Flushglaze Fixed Walk-On Rooflight frees up a roof to be used as a terrace, while flooding the kitchen below with light. Credit: Mulroy Architects
  • Adding a bespoke rooflight helps circulate air and prevent overheating in a traditional orangery in north London.
    Adding a bespoke rooflight helps circulate air and prevent overheating in a traditional orangery in north London.
  • A three-wall boxed rooflight provides elegant access to the roof terrace of a modern townhouse.
    A three-wall boxed rooflight provides elegant access to the roof terrace of a modern townhouse.
  • A bespoke sliding rooflight allows the dining room of this Knightsbridge penthouse suite to completely open up to the outside.
    A bespoke sliding rooflight allows the dining room of this Knightsbridge penthouse suite to completely open up to the outside.
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Let in light; prevent overheating

Rooflights can play an integral role in preventing overheating and circulating fresh air.

Chris Dyson Architects specified a full-width Glazing Vision Dual Sliding Over Fixed Rooflight with sliding elements to help moderate temperatures in a traditional orangery and extension at a north London residence (see picture 2, above).

The rooflight was manufactured in a bespoke bronze finish and was precision-engineered in eight sections. The sliding sections are electronically controlled to provide a quiet and efficient operation, with a manual override for safety.

While insulated walls and energy-efficient double-glazing keep the orangery warm in winter, in summer ventilation and comfort are controlled by opening up the bespoke rooflight and the doors.

For more on how to use rooflights to transform your projects, read the full article here. Request a CPD here.

To download Glazing Vision's suite of technical whitepapers go to glazingvision.co.uk/whitepapers-and-guides

For more information and technical support, visit glazingvision.co.uk 

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