Natural Lighting 101: What Every Sustainability Expert Should Know

By Jeff Brain | February 11, 2016

In order to provide a valuable service to their clients, sustainability experts must be able to advise on topics as diverse as supply chain management, sustainable strategy, corporate responsibility, zoning, tax incentives, and alternative energy products, all while knowing how to address clients’ needs and sell them on the best ideas. What measures a sustainability expert’s success is how much value he or she adds to their client’s business in the present as well as in the future.

Read More »

6 Examples of Daylighting Systems that Improve Building Design

By Jeff Brain | January 05, 2016

Daylighting improves building design by actively and organically enhancing the interior light quality while simultaneously relieving HVAC systems and promoting a healthy environment. It reduces glare and maintains a stable interior temperature, and both workers and consumers alike respond positively to the effects of natural daylight on their overall wellbeing. Typically, effective daylighting design utilizes a number of systems which work together to supply abundant and healthy light.

Read More »

3 Examples Of Office Lighting That Let Employees See the Sun

By Jeff Brain | December 22, 2015

When upgrading outdated and inefficient office lighting, there are many benefits to be gained, including reduced lighting and HVAC costs and a boost in employee productivity. While many building owners opt to replace their old lights with new LED bulbs, studies show that the best lighting methods are those which use no bulbs or electricity and let your employees see the sun.

Read More »

What Office Lighting Says About Your Brand

By Torrin Greathouse | December 15, 2015

There is a ton of information available on the internet about the business benefits you can obtain if you integrate natural or sustainable office lighting into your building. There is far less discussion, however, on how lighting can improve your  brand image as a whole. Below are a few key ways in which the lighting your office uses can affect how people view your brand.

Read More »

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.

Read More »

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.

Read More »

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.

Read More »

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.

Read More »

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.

Read More »

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?

Read More »