A Complete Picture of Daylight

Spaces lit with natural light have been linked with productive, healthy and happy occupants. Daylighting can be difficult without the right tools to help visualize how the sun interacts with a space. Join us to learn about ways to investigate and use daylight effectively in your designs, how occupants use blinds, and whether the levels of natural light in your space minimize electric lighting use and glare.

In this seminar we introduce different methods for looking at daylight, from renderings to IES LM-83 daylighting metrics, which have been adopted by LEED v4 . These techniques can inform and help you create great daylighting in your buildings. We will discuss the strengths, limitations, assumptions and controversy over each technique, including answers to questions such as:

● Why are annual metrics necessary?
● What do the metrics mean in terms of daylight design?
● What qualities of daylighting do the metrics miss?
● How does occupant behavior and the use of blinds affect both the daylighting "score" and experience of daylight?

Participating in this seminar will inform you about how to pursue the LEED daylight credits and how to use new technology to drive daylight beyond LEED. You will learn several principles and concepts of daylight analysis including solar geometry, sky conditions, annual climate data, sampling, material properties, glare and shade controls.

Dr. Daniel Glaser is the Founder and Principal of LightStanza where he leads its R+D efforts, recognized by Innovation Research Grants awarded by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr. Glaser is an active member of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Daylight Metrics Committee, and has published extensively in several top-tier computer, building science and human-centered technology venues. He received a BS in Computer Science from Columbia University, MEng Computer Science from Cornell, and MS Arch and Interdisciplinary PhD from UC Berkeley.

Co-sponsored by: AIA|DC Design + Wellbeing Committee

After attending this course, participants will be able to:
1. Discuss how lighting can change the experience of the building occupant;
2. Effectively use daylight in your designs and anticipate the use of blinds;
3. Compare and contrast the effects of natural vs. artificial light;
4. List the health benefits for building occupants who have access to a lot of natural light.