Rooftop Skylight Replacement Considerations

March 2, 2022
Rooftop Skylight Replacement Considerations

Design professionals tasked with replacing rooftop skylights on commercial or institutional buildings have the opportunity to enhance the building appearance, upgrade energy conservation performance, and improve building occupant experience while remedying water penetration, air infiltration, and condensation problems common to aged systems. Achieving these objectives is viable, but the replacement design process is multifaceted. Project teams can benefit from establishing a holistic design agenda based on identifying expectations and constraints at the outset of the project.

The design development for skylight replacement should include code requirements, architectural considerations, building enclosure performance, and constraints imposed by the existing building conditions and anticipated construction logistics. Before design begins, it is prudent to first establish why the skylight is designated for replacement.

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