Category: Daylighting

Daylighting Performance Metrics Explained

ARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING recently published an article about annual daylighting performance metrics–Spatial Daylight Autonomy and Annual Sunlight Exposure–adopted by the IES. These metrics enable designers to quantify and evaluate the success…

daylightARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING recently published an article about annual daylighting performance metrics–Spatial Daylight Autonomy and Annual Sunlight Exposure–adopted by the IES.

These metrics enable designers to quantify and evaluate the success of daylighted spaces.

Check it out here.

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Study Attempts to Link Office Worker Daylight Exposure and Sleep

My lighting column in the March issue of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR covers a new University of Illinois study that attempted to link daylight exposure to quality and duration of sleep among…

sunny officeMy lighting column in the March issue of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR covers a new University of Illinois study that attempted to link daylight exposure to quality and duration of sleep among office workers:

“Recently, a multidisciplinary team at the University of Illinois, Urbana-­Champaign, set out to determine the effect of daylight on the quality and duration of sleep, as well as the resulting quality of life, of office workers. The results suggest workers in windowed spaces tend to sleep better and longer than those without windows, while showing a greater tendency toward physical activity, possibly due to greater vitality.
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Daylighting and Codes

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and the Illuminating Engineering Society are offering a new series of online courses, DAYLIGHTING & CODES, designed to explore the…

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and the Illuminating Engineering Society are offering a new series of online courses, DAYLIGHTING & CODES, designed to explore the benefits of daylighting in the energy codes of various states and cities.

The first of the series will be a 5-hour course taking place between February 25 and March 11 covering the building codes of New York State and New York City. The course will consist of three sessions: two 60–minute live webinars on Feb. 25 and Mar. 11 with a 90-minute selfguided session to be taken in between. Continuing Education credit is available for architects and engineers.

Click here to learn more and register.

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Study Concludes Workers in Windowless Offices Lose 46 Minutes of Sleep Each Night

Research by an interdisciplinary team at the University of Illinois found that office workers in windowed spaces scored better on common self-report health and sleep surveys, averaging 46 minutes of…

daylightResearch by an interdisciplinary team at the University of Illinois found that office workers in windowed spaces scored better on common self-report health and sleep surveys, averaging 46 minutes of sleep per night (measured by sleep monitor) compared to workers without windows.

More evidence that appropriately designed lighting may be preventive medicine? Maybe so, though it begs the question of how well they isolated light as a factor as opposed to human factors such as income, job security, etc.

The study concludes: “We suggest that architectural design of office environments should place more emphasis on sufficient daylight exposure of the workers in order to promote office workers’ health and well-being.”

Click here to read the report.

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IES Publishes Recommended Practice for Daylighting Buildings

The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) recently published Recommended Practice for Daylighting Buildings (RP-5-13). This Recommended Practice module includes the most up-to-date data on the many benefits of daylighting, including energy…

daylightingThe Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) recently published Recommended Practice for Daylighting Buildings (RP-5-13).

This Recommended Practice module includes the most up-to-date data on the many benefits of daylighting, including energy savings of 40-50% or more.

It also offers information and expertise on daylight delivery methods, glazing systems, shading techniques, control strategies and daylight performance simulation tools.

Click here to learn more.

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Product Monday: LightFlex Prismatic Daylighting System by Sunoptics

Sunoptics’ LightFlex system is a high performance prismatic daylighting solution for suspended-ceiling applications. The LightFlex toplighting system uses the Sunoptics Signature Series prismatic skylight, which allows the system to efficiently…

Sunoptics’ LightFlex system is a high performance prismatic daylighting solution for suspended-ceiling applications. The LightFlex toplighting system uses the Sunoptics Signature Series prismatic skylight, which allows the system to efficiently capture low-angle sunlight and optimize light distribution. A patent-pending optic sphere drives light down through the skylight’s light well, maximizing the system’s light penetration. The LightFlex daylighting system is available in 21” tubular as well as 2’ x 4’ and 4’ x 4’ configurations to fit a variety of fixture options for plenum ceiling applications. The larger unit options allow for fewer penetrations in the roof. The tubular device includes adjustable elbows to bypass interior ceiling obstructions in retrofit applications. The system comes standard with a conventional insulated square roof curb, which uses roofing industry-preferred flashing methods.

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December 6 IES Webinar: Why Daylight and View are (Mostly) Good for Us

Daylight and View are (Mostly) Good for Us: Why? Live Webcast with Jennifer Veitch Thursday, December 6, 2012 1:00PM EST / 10:00AM PST Duration: 60 minutes This one-hour webcast will…

Daylight and View are (Mostly) Good for Us: Why?

Live Webcast with Jennifer Veitch
Thursday, December 6, 2012
1:00PM EST / 10:00AM PST
Duration: 60 minutes

This one-hour webcast will feature Jennifer Veitch, Ph.D, a Senior Research Officer at the National Research Council of Canada. Jennifer is well known to those of us in the Lighting Industry and in this webcast she will give us insight into her recently published research regarding the physiological and psychological effects of Windows, Daylight and View. This review will touch on all aspects of lighting effects on occupant health and well-being from both visual performance through non-visual processes and effects. Lying in bed, late at night, reading this invite in the pale blue light of your Tablet? You need to attend this webcast! Please join us for this exciting and informative webcast.

This OSRAM Solutions Webcast will qualify for Continuing Education Credit including 1.0 IES CEU, 1.0 NCQLP LEU and 1.0 AIA HSW credit.

The Webcast will be recorded lest you are unable to attend. A follow-up email with a link to the recording, PDF copy of the presentation will be distributed to all who register for the webcast. Kindly allow a few business days for the follow-up email to be distributed after the webcast.

Click here to register now.

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IES Podcast Series on Daylighting

Great podcast series about daylight, produced by the Illuminating Engineering Society. Part 1: Why Daylight? Part 2: Daylighting with Windows Part 3: Daylighting with Skylights Part 4: Controlling the Sun…

Great podcast series about daylight, produced by the Illuminating Engineering Society.

Part 1: Why Daylight?

Part 2: Daylighting with Windows

Part 3: Daylighting with Skylights

Part 4: Controlling the Sun

Part 5: Daylighting and View

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Solatube International Announces 2011 Design Competition Winners

Solatube International Inc., a manufacturer of tubular daylighting devices, recently announced the winners of the 2011 Solatube ICE Awards for Inspired and Creative Excellence in the use of Solatube products…

Solatube International Inc., a manufacturer of tubular daylighting devices, recently announced the winners of the 2011 Solatube ICE Awards for Inspired and Creative Excellence in the use of Solatube products in daylighting design. The international contest recognizes residential, commercial and student work in locations ranging from homes and manufacturing facilities, to schools and retail stores.

Solatube Daylighting Systems harvest daylight at the rooftop and transfer it via a highly reflective tube (which bends up to 90 degrees and can be up to 70 feet or more long) into interior spaces, where it is distributed uniformly using a diffuser or decorative ceiling fixture.

The winners are:

Algae to Omega – Solatube Daylighting Systems run through the ceiling and over giant tanks to promote the growth of algae with daylight

El Monte Sagrado Living Resort and Spa Design; Architect: David Sargert – A huge citrine crystal hangs suspended from the opening of a Solatube product, creating an inspired lighting effect

Focus Lighting Inc. Architectural Design – Multi-story use and Solatube Daylighting Systems incorporated into their offices

National Great Rivers Research and Education Center Lewis and Clark Community College; Architect: AAIC – Green roofs with Solatube Daylighting Systems incorporated creatively into them

Red Hawk Elementary School; Architect: RB+B Architects, Inc. – Slits cut into the Solatube tubing, creating a raindrop effect with daylight on the walls

Miami Science Museum – Innovative display that provides sunlight for fish and educational experience using daylight for visitors

Downing University Center, Western Kentucky University; Architects: Mackey Mitchell Associates, Ross Tarrant Architects – Conceptual rendering featuring numerous Solatube Daylighting Systems flooding a building interior with daylight

Solatube also announced the call for entries for the 2012 Solatube ICE Awards. The deadline for entries is Sept. 1, 2012. Click here to learn more.

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