“Let the sun shine in” used to be a pretty big no-no for grocery stores. Strong, glaring sun increases air conditioning loads, shortens product life and causes discomfort for both customers and employees. In addition, it can blind bar-code readers, rendering them inoperable during certain parts of the day. In recent decades, the trend was toward cutting down the amount of light admitted to retail buildings. But the result — the virtually windowless “black box” retail building — turned out ...
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