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A New Encyclopedia Article on Skylights

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A skylight is a double-edged sword. While skylights can reduce the need for artificial lighting during the day, they increase a home's heating load during the winter and cooling load during the summer. The net result: higher energy bills.

GBA’s library of articles and blogs continues to expand. The newest article to be added to the ever-deeper GBA Encyclopedia covers skylights.

The article pulls together a great deal of information on skylights, including:

  • A list of manufacturers of triple-glazed skylights
  • The scoop on electrochromic glass
  • Using curbs to adjust the skylight installation angle
  • Glazing options: glass, plastic, or Aerogel?
  • The advantages and disadvantages of tubular skylights
  • An assessment of the benefits of skylights (daylighting and ventilation) as well as their drawbacks (increased heat loss in winter and heat gain in summer).

Click here to see the new article on skylights.

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While some of the articles in the Encyclopedia — for example, the article on Windows — are available to all readers, others (including the new article on Skylights) are available only to GBA Pro members.

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