Basics of Daylighting in a Green Environment
The use of natural sunlight, known as daylighting, to illuminate a building can save energy, reduce operating costs, create visual appeal, and enhance occupant health and productivity. The U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) rating system encourages the use of daylighting to achieve high performance buildings. This course provides an introduction to the use of daylighting in commercial spaces. The course objective is to show why daylighting should be considered, the basic guidelines of using daylighting and some words of caution when using certain daylighting techniques.
Basics of Daylighting in a Green Environment
Class Provider Provider Number Course Number Course Fees
Bristolite Daylighting Systems B40107427 40101970 FREE


AIA Accredited Credit(s) Earned Passing Grade
General LU 80% Unlimited Retesting

Course Overview

The use of natural sunlight, known as daylighting, to illuminate a building can save energy, reduce operating costs, create visual appeal, and enhance occupant health and productivity. The U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) rating system encourages the use of daylighting to achieve high performance buildings. This course provides an introduction to the use of daylighting in commercial spaces. The course objective is to show why daylighting should be considered, the basic guidelines of using daylighting and some words of caution when using certain daylighting techniques.

SUGGESTED TIME

Lesson 1: Why Daylighting? 6 mins
Lesson 2: Some Basics of Daylighting 12 mins
Lesson 3: Top Lighting 10 mins
Lesson 4: Sidelighting 12 mins
Lesson 5: Daylight Harvesting 10 mins
Test Your Knowledge 10 mins
Total Time 60 mins

Learning Objectives

  1. You will have an appreciation for daylighting design strategies and how to avoid common problems.
  2. You will understand the importance of the integration of daylighting and energy efficient lighting products and controls.
  3. You will have access to additional educational and design materials, including free daylighting design software.

Course Preparation

  1. Understand basic lighting design principles, solar orientation, and building energy use.
  2. Be familiar with the lighting and illuminance needs of building occupants.
  3. Review the LEED™ New Construction guidelines for daylighting (Indoor Environmental Quality credit 8.1 and 8.2.).

Content Contributor

Richard Heinisch, FIES, LC, LEED A.P.
Richard has spent nearly thirty years of his career designing optical systems, for both commercial and government projects, and writing lighting related software.

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