5 Key Insights from a Daylighting Expert

By Torrin Greathouse | November 19, 2015

Chip Israel is one of the world’s leading lighting design professionals. With more than 30 years of experience in the field of lighting design, he is also the founder of the Lighting Design Alliance, which has received over 60 national and international design awards. Some of Chip’s high profile work includes the First Interstate World Tower, UCLA Site Lighting Master Plan, the Oakley Technical Center, and three sites for Disney, including the Wilderness Lodge, All Star Resort, and the Disney Institute.

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How to Convince Your Client to Invest in Daylighting Systems

By Jeff Brain | November 16, 2015

Every architect has performed the delicate dance required to convince clients to include certain design features, materials, or mechanical systems into their facility. In many cases, you have to balance the desired project goals with budget limitations. You might also encounter resistance to ideas that seem unconventional to clients who are not active in the design world.

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3 Companies Who Know the Importance of Natural Lighting for Employees

By Torrin Greathouse | November 13, 2015

Despite its well-documented benefits, most companies choose not to integrate natural lighting, relying instead on inefficient artificial lighting methods. Those who have embraced daylighting in their facilities have discovered incredible benefits. These are three leading companies who have leveraged natural light to improve conditions for their employees.

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Why True Integrated Lighting Can't Neglect "Natural" Aspects

By Jeff Brain | November 09, 2015

Integrated lighting design encompasses all aspects of illuminating a building, both inside and out. The goals of integrated lighting include minimizing energy costs, ensuring that spaces are neither over-lit nor under-lit, and employing technology to help seamlessly optimize lighting levels throughout the day.

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What to Expect When You Partner with Commercial Skylight Manufacturers

By Torrin Greathouse | September 25, 2015

As an architect or engineer, cultivating partnerships with the manufacturers of the technology you use in the facilities you design can be extremely beneficial. While skylights have always been an important facet of building design, new technological advances have led to a resurgence in their use. Because of this, many architects and engineers are forming partnerships with commercial skylight manufacturers. Here are a few of the benefits you can expect if you choose to do the same.

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5 Considerations for Daylighting Systems in Retrofit Projects

By Jeff Brain | September 23, 2015

Adding a daylighting system to a building will enhance occupant health and well-being and increase productivity while saving money in lighting and HVAC costs. Daylighting utilizes multiple strategies to produce the best lighting naturally with the least reliance on electricity.

For a new construction project, the architect, engineer, building owner, and lighting designer can work together to address a variety of concerns, including building orientation, window and door placement, glazings, controls, etc. But when the building already exists, and the only means to increase efficiency through building design is with a retrofit, how does one begin to address the multiple concerns of daylighting comprehensively?

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Why Daylighting Is One of the Most Important Green Technology Solutions

By Torrin Greathouse | September 18, 2015

As more and more developers move toward creating sustainable technologies, deciding on the best technology to use in your facility can become a difficult choice. There are green technology solutions for nearly every aspect of design, from smart thermostats to building blinds which automatically adjust to lighting conditions. Daylighting however, carves out a unique place as one of the most important green technology solutions. Here are a few reasons why:

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The International Year of Light & Daylighting

By Jeff Brain | September 09, 2015

Since 1959, the United Nations General Assembly has declared a cause to raise awareness for each year, declaring that year the international year of that goal. On 20 December 2013, the General Assembly declared that 2015 would be known as the International Year of Light and Light Based Technologies (IYL 2015).

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How Daylighting Systems Benefit Human-centered Sustainability Strategy

By Jeff Brain | September 08, 2015

Architectural design requires a combination of building science and creativity, both of which factor into the human benefits of a building. From a building science perspective, architects must consider how the building will be used, and how occupants are likely to behave, in order to determine the best form and function of the structure. At the creative end of the spectrum, architects have the freedom to apply both tried-and-true design principles and innovative modern technologies to deliver a sustainable building that benefits the people that interact with it.

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What Is Biophilia & How Are Daylighting Systems Related?

By Torrin Greathouse | September 03, 2015

One of the newest buzzwords emerging in the sustainability industry is biophilic design. While this term is initially hard to understand, studying biophilia could have resounding effects on the way we think about building design, interior spaces, and daylighting systems.

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