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Published on July 1st, 2007 | by Sean Daily

GTR: Cool Techniques for Daylighting with Solatube

Sean Daily, Green Living Ideas’ Editor-In-Chief, discusses the topic of cool and innovative methods for daylighting your green home with Cynthia Sener, Marketing Director at Solatube.

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4 Responses to GTR: Cool Techniques for Daylighting with Solatube

  1. Roger LeBrun says:

    Ms. Sener made a false claim:
    “We don’t have any heat gain…” while referring to the Solatube products. All fenestration products have solar heat gain. shows that at least 33% of the solar heat energy hitting a Solatube certified product is transferred to the building interior. Please place a disclaimer on this podcast, or withdraw it as soon as possible!

  2. George S. says:


    I have Solatube Daylighting Systems in my home in Lafayette,Ca and I can tell you that there is no heat gain or none of any significance. I am not sure what your agenda is but these are fantastic products that changed the entire look of my home. I looked at skylights but you cant beat the price of these nifty products. .

  3. John Izzo says:

    Visit our Solatube Showroom in Pleasanton,CA. The heat gain on these products is neglible. Solatube is an Energy Star rated product and was one of the few products that qualified for Federal Tax Credits through 2010 due to the ratings on Solar Heat Gain Coefficien and U Factor.
    We encourage any interested in these products to ask for references and /or visit our showroom.
    We have all sizes installed with various Decorative Fixtures. The showroom is open Monday through Saturday 10 am to 5pm.

  4. I just installed two of these tubes in my home and I could not be happier. I have not seen any evidence of heat gain. If you look at the before and after pictures on my, blog you will be able to see the noticeable difference (, but neither room feels warmer. The only caveat to the podcast, is that for the novice and maybe not so handy individual, it took more than 2 hours per tube to install. It actually took us about 4 hours for each tube, but still worth the effort.

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