using daylight instead of artificial light can save some serious energy. One study estimated that if New York City’s commercial real estate were properly daylighted, it could save 340 gigawatt-hours of electricity a year – the equivalent of the energy use of about 16 Empire State Buildings, or the offices in Albany’s downtown business district. The Integrated Design Lab and Building Energy Exchange are centers whose mission is to encourage and educate on sustainable and efficient design and strategies, including daylighting.

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