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CONTINUING EDUCATION: Daylighting and Comfort with Dynamic Glazing

Jan. 3, 2019

The architecture industry is increasingly focused on designing buildings that enhance occupant comfort and well-being. As a result, a constant consideration in the architectural design process is access to natural daylight and outdoor views, which have been proven to improve occupant productivity – office workers with the best possible view perform 10 to 25 percent better on tests of mental function and memory recall1 – and patients with access to daylight experience shorter hospital stays2

With this in mind, architects need to understand the basics of daylighting in buildings in order to maximize the benefits associated with access to natural daylight and outdoor views while simultaneously accounting for the trade-offs, which include glare and thermal discomfort.

To provide insight into this topic, we’ve developed the following on-demand accredited continuing education webinar to serve as a primer on daylighting design in buildings and how dynamic glazing can enhance the occupant experience.

Topics covered include:

  • Key principles of daylighting design
  • How dynamic glass can effectively address the trade-off between creating sufficient natural daylight illumination, minimizing cooling loads, and achieving occupant visual comfort
  • How effective zoning can provide optimum balance between glare control, daylight admission, light color quality, and energy performance
  • Implications of manual glare-control devices and why automatic response is necessary for delivering the expected daylighting and energy performance in a building
1 Heschong Mahone Group, Inc. (2003). Windows and Offices: A Study of Office Worker Performance and the Indoor Environment – CEC Pier 2003: http://h-m-g.com/projects/daylighting/summaries%20on%20daylighting.htm

2 The Center for Health Design (2006): The Impact of Light on Outcomes in Healthcare Settings: https://www.healthdesign.org/sites/default/files/CHD_Issue_Paper2.pdf.