Posted by Sarah Cocos on July 20, 2021

How to Solve Two Common New Home Challenges with Skylights


All new home builds are different, and all new home builds come with their own set of challenges. But recent home building and residential living trends mean some challenges are becoming more common across more jobs. And believe it or not, skylights can help with some of these challenges. Here's how:


Challenge #1: The Demand for More Living Space

There are two main components that have led to the demand for more living space in recent years: 1) generational living has become more common, and 2) lot lines have become tighter. Natural light can help create the illusion of a larger floorplan, so incorporating more daylight while building up instead of out can help combat these challenges.

The Solution: A Skylit Room in the Roof

Slight changes in truss layouts can net much-needed space on a building's top floor without adding much to its footprint. There may be an incremental cost at new construction, but you'll create a bigger value by increasing square footage and sales value. Throw in a skylight that can help contribute to the home's energy efficiency, and adding a room in the roof is a cost-effective and profitable way to solve the demand for more living space.


Challenge #2: Increased Energy Code Demands

Over the years, building codes have led to tighter homes that ultimately create more energy-efficient buildings. Unfortunately, tighter homes can experience air and moisture issues as well. Because it's harder for fresh air to enter the home and for stale air to escape to the outside, dust and particles get trapped. This can also lead to mold and mildew build-up, leading to even worse indoor air quality.

The Solution: VELUX "Fresh Air" Skylights

A venting skylight, paired with a climate control and operation system like VELUX ACTIVE with NETATMO, is the perfect solution for automated indoor air quality improvement. VELUX "Fresh Air" Skylights are available in solar-powered, electric, and manual options that open easily to allow warm, stale air out and fresh, clean air in. And VELUX Solar Powered "Fresh Air" Skylights (VSS/VCS) can help you maximize profits while providing homeowners with fresh air, energy savings, and installation savings in the form of a federal solar tax credit.