Do Glass Construction Hold the Secret to Living Longer?
The Internet is abuzz these days with supposed breakthroughs in medicine and natural remedies that could lead to longer life or even reverse ageing. In one sense, there’s nothing new about these fountain-of-youth-style claims. But with all of these over the top claims, you’ll also find a few research-based discoveries that have significantly more merit.
One of these has to do with the role that natural light can play in our own health and wellbeing. Specifically, researchers are finding that people who are exposed to higher concentrations of natural light throughout the day are likely to report higher levels of productivity, contentment and satisfaction. Finding ways to allow more natural light into your life could actually leave you happier and healthier.
The good news about this breakthrough is that natural light is one of the most abundant resources on the planet. Taking advantage of its potential health benefits only requires rethinking how we lay out our homes and offices and perhaps increasing the number of glass windows and doors on the property. Through the use of more glass architecture, it’s relatively easy to create indoor environments that contribute to a happier – and potentially longer – life.
The Benefits of Natural Light
By building living and working spaces with more glass construction, we can effectively increase the amount of natural light that we enjoy on a daily basis. This, in turn, could lead to a range of benefits:
- Productivity: Studies have shown that employees who are exposed to more natural light are likely to be more productive.
- Happiness: Simple as it may seem, there is plenty of research suggesting that exposure to natural light can contribute to a better mood and sense of wellbeing.
- Longevity: There are several different ways to frame this fact; one is by considering the role that sunlight plays in the body’s production of Vitamin D, which builds better bones and can help combat cancer, diabetes and other diseases.
The above are just a few of the benefits that are readily associated with increased exposure to natural light, and there are certainly many others worth considering in addition to those above. But for the remainder of this post, we’re going to take a closer look at precisely how we can increase our exposure to natural light on a daily basis.
Glass Architecture and Its Role in Quality of Life
Many of today’s architects are keenly aware of the benefits of natural light. This is leading to more generous use of glass in modern construction. Expansive glass doors and broader windows are introducing new light into living and working spaces. And given advances in double- and triple-glazing, it’s possible to let more light in without having to make major concessions in terms of heat transfer.
It’s now possible to let in much more light without having a major effect on the temperature. That means creating a happier, healthier living space doesn’t have to translate into higher energy bills. In other words, the fountain of youth may be more affordable than expected.