The size and design of modern (office) buildings means that the natural light which everyone craves is far away. Veronica Garcia Hansen, a PhD student from the Queensland University of...

The size and design of modern (office) buildings means that the natural light which everyone craves is far away.  Veronica Garcia Hansen, a PhD student from the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, has a solution: “light pipe technology” which uses sunlight for the illumination of high or middle-rise deep plan buildings.

The unique solar collectors already have patent protection and a leading Malaysian architect has incorporated the pipes into her latest designs. 

“Nearly 20% of the power consumed by commercial buildings comes from electrical lighting,” she says.  "The only practical way to naturally illuminate spaces at distances over 10 metres is by piping light in."

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