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Introducing the Daylighting Pattern Guide

14 April 2011 | Posted By Jeff Cole 3,079 views No Comment

Looking for new tools to enhance your ability to daylight commercial building spaces? Want increased certainty that your daylighting strategies will perform as designed? Need to streamline the effort required to integrate daylighting into your projects? If you can get to Seattle for a three-hour workshop the morning of April 21st, Advanced Buildings, in partnership with Seattle City Light and AIA Seattle, will introduce you to the capabilities of a new, online, innovative design tool, the Daylighting Pattern GuideClick here to register.

The workshop will explore the interrelationship between sky, site, building aperture and space planning through lecture and hands-on use of the Daylighting Pattern Guide, an interactive tool (have I mentioned this tool is available at no cost?) that combines analysis of 20 real-world built examples and advanced simulation to set the stage for substantial reductions in lighting power consumption and overall building energy use. Each of the example projects was photographed, physically measured and simulated using the Radiance simulation tool.  Sensitivity analysis of key design variables was conducted on each project to demonstrate whether the outcome was optimized and to illustrate the impact of multiple ‘alternate design decisions’ on daylighting performance. Project types include offices, schools, libraries, laboratories, museums, industrial facilities, and recreational facilities across a diverse set of regional climates.

The contribution of key daylight patterns, or variables, including: orientation, glazing layout, area, shading strategies, furniture layout, and ceiling height, to the success or failure of a daylighting design, will be discussed. Workshop attendees will learn to differentiate among good built examples of daylit space, the information generated by design analysis tools, and the ‘rule of thumb’ guidelines that designers commonly apply.

In addition, they will:

  • learn implementation strategies for daylighting design across a range of climates and project typologies;
  • be able to synthesize daylighting design criteria and building space programs to inform building design, orientation, and space layouts that are conducive to high quality daylight design;
  • obtain comparative documentation of common design scenarios as a tool for client/owner education for daylighting design decision-making; and
  • learn about the newly updated ALG Online including the Advanced Lighting Guidelines.

Taught by Christopher Meek from University of Washington, Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg from University of Idaho, and Barb Hamilton, ALG Online, the workshop is eligible for AIA continuing education credits (3 LUs, 3 HSWs, 3 SDs). Attendees will need a laptop with wireless internet connection in order to access the Daylighting Pattern Guide online tool.

Click here to register.

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