Historic Home Benefits from Natural Light

A house from the 1800’s, renovated with VELUX Skylights to be environmentally responsible and historically appropriate.

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In Bethlehem, Pennsylvania this c.1802 house has been altered very little since it was built, and has never had dormers, as many did from the same time period in this part of eastern Pennsylvania.

The choice to install VELUX skylights was inspired by a desire to be environmentally responsible and historically appropriate when renovating the third floor of the house into an office. The architect, Artefact, Inc., used the low profile of the VELUX GPL S06 Roof Window skylights to allow the roof of the house to remain flat and uninterrupted by projections, just as it had been for over 200 years.

During the winter the skylights encourage significant solar heat gain. Even without heat, the space never dipped below 57 degrees on the coldest nights (approximately 5 degrees F) during the winter of 2005. During the summer, solar heat gain is reduced by the solar screens on the outside of the skylights. Opening the skylights in the summer creates a chimney effect, drawing air through the house and pulling cooler air in on the lower levels.

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Skylights that Pay for Themselves

New VELUX Energy Performance Model Skylights Combine
Energy Efficiency with Cost Savings for Homeowners

Homeowners can maximize energy efficiency and take advantage of a 30 percent federal tax credit with the new VELUX Energy Performance Model skylight featuring automated energy performance.

Launching at the 2017 International Builders’ Shown in Orlando, Florida, the Energy Performance Model combines and Energy Star-certified VELUX fixed skylight with a factory-installed, double-pleated, solar-powered, blackout blind and a preprogrammed Intelligent Touch Remote Control in one box.

“When closed, the double pleated blind boots the overall energy performance of the Energy Star-certified skylight by 40 percent,” said Ross Vandermark, national product manager for VELUX. “And the blinds are fully automated when the room is not in use, closing during the warm summer days and cold winter nights to block light and insulate.”

With a 30 percent federal tax credit, homeowners will receive an average of $730 in federal tax credit eligibility.

“The federal tax credit makes this product very affordable for homeowners looking to make a big impact on their home decor as well as their utility bills,” Vandermark said.

VELUX is an Energy Star partner and has been recognized as a Partner of the Year. For more information, visit www.whyskylights.com or naturalightsolar.com.