Adequate daylighting is a key aspect of good building design. Quantity as well as quality of daylight has an impact on the visual comfort of the space. A good design will ensure a balance between both. Before diving into the design strategies, it is important to understanding the fundamentals which is a bit of a technical subject..
This course is the great primer on daylighting. It covers technical terms in the most simple, clear and interesting manner. Examples given in the course correlate with the real world. So the next time you look at daylight, you shall be able to describe it using technical terms with ease.
The course comprises of 5 lectures with 40 minutes of video content and a quiz to be taken at the end of the course. There are simple and interesting exercises within the lectures that help you understand the concepts effectively. It will take you about 50 minutes to complete the course.
At the end of this course, you will have complete clarity of the technical terms required to understand key concepts of daylighting and use technical language with confidence. You will able to understand design strategies with much ease after completing this course.
The beauty about daylight is that it can measured and can be predicted with reasonable accuracy. Basic measurable quantities help us understand the light levels that are required for various activities.
Quality is equally important as is quantity. Quality of light has an impact on the visual comfort of space. Since these cannot be measured, it is subjective and depends on an individual's perception. For eg., if a space is too bright or too dark can be a subjective perception. The goal of good daylighting is to have uniform distributed light as much as possible. However, it is always important to have the context in mind. A dramatic effect of light and shade could be desired in a courtyard or can create an interesting pattern on a facade. Thus, the context is to be considered.
Unlike the terms you have learnt so far which is applicable to "light" in general, Daylight Factor relates specifically to daylight. It can be a subjective as well as a measurable quantity.
This is short self paced presentation that summarizes the key points covered through the course.
You have reached the end of the course. Please take this short quiz of 10 questions to assess your understanding. On successful completion of this quiz, you are also eligible to earn 0.5CE hours from GBCI if you are a LEED GA or AP.
Passionate about creating a sustainable built environment, Deepa brings international work experience along with interdisciplinary educational background. She graduated with a Master of Building Science from the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Institute of Environmental Design, India. Deepa is a Registered Architect with the Indian Council of Architecture, a LEED Accredited Professional and a member of the Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE).
Over six years, Deepa has worked on number of projects in the US and India with a focus on bridging the gap between building design and technology. At EDS Pvt Ltd, she works on projects dealing with daylight assessment, building energy simulations, technical analysis for performance based design, conducting professional training programs, developing instructional content and facilitating green building certifications. Deepa has been instrumental in launching the EDS CPD (Continuous Professional Development) initiative. She is also the lead faculty for many professional courses and plays an active role in developing instructional content and assessment materials.