Avondzon, a 160-bed residential care center in Erpe-Mere, Belgium, has installed Halio smart-tinting glass. Developed and manufactured by Kinestral Technologies Inc., Halio was used for 132 skylights to create a “glass roof” that delivers maximum daylight without sacrificing the comfort of residents and staff.
“Avondzon is the first health care facility to install Halio,” says Benoît Domercq, general manager of Halio International S.A., a joint venture company formed by Kinestral and AGC Inc. “Because daylight is so critical to our well-being, Halio can provide significant benefits for health care centers.”
Light was a key consideration in the design of Avondzon’s new wing. Research has shown that seniors need three to five times more light than younger people because a lack of light stimuli can disrupt their biological clocks. Maximum exposure to daylight during the day can help older adults sleep better at night.
Avondzon also had other reasons for maximizing daylight.
“Light can play a decisive role in preventing falls. Residents feel better, are more cheerful and fall less. These positive behavioral effects can lead to them taking less medication, such as sleeping pills,” explains Katrien Thysebaerdt, general manager at Avondzon.
Other benefits of natural light include mental stimulation and less eye strain. Additionally, having full control of daylight makes residents more confident with their mobility, allowing them to comfortably participate in daily activities, which reduces the staff workload.
Halio smart-tinting glass looks like conventional glass in its clear state until it tints to neutral cool gray shades to block solar heat gain and eliminate glare.