Ok, this is all from past experiences w/skylights.
I have installed, I would guess around 30 skylights or more, and the newer one are by far more superior and less chance of leakage and condensation problems.
There are Fixed Skylights and Manual Skylights, Powered Skylights and Solar skylights. In this case the Manual and Solar is what Green Building is about.
The most recent brands I have installed are Velux at the big boxes and Milgard at the local Lumber Yard. Both I find to work just great. Theres so many brands anymore I cannot keep up.
Now skylights can increase energy efficiency up to 12% and reduce your heating costs due to a better natural climate control in your room. This is a big plus to have them installed in homes. Skylights can come w/Roller Shades, Venetian Blinds, Light Block Shade and Cellular Shades. Each for a specific reason. Roller Shades, would be great for bedrooms and familyrooms. Cellular shades for more energy efficiency w/low E glass.
Solar battery powered shades are for the lazy people but not using electricity. Which they are selling more of these days, I have yet to install one, but soon I'm sure. My guess w/all the new construction, at least 80% in my area are putting in skylights.
The most rooms I have installed above, has got to be the bedrooms, then the kitchen, then those little fricken tube ones in the stair case area. HO, just love to lay in they're beds at night, looking at the stars, most will respond later, that they wished they would have installed larger skylights.
To have more natural lighting in the kitchen is great and everybody would agree to this. More natural lighting does something to our body and mind and in return we seem to have a more pleasant day, would you agree or not?
Ok, add on what I missed or debate what I have said.
Who do you think makes the best skylights and why?
Basically 3 ways of mounting skylights are curb mounted, self-flashed and deck mounted. Which do you prefer and why?
Has any one installed skylights on a tiled roof? This is a roof that I have never dealt with, due to our winters and hail storms, we just don't see much of this here. I'm not sure if this forum is ready for a topic such as this, but what the heck, I'll give it a try. Knock yourself out and chat away.