Lighting Design: Zurich's North American HQ

System Integration between lighting control and solar adaptive shades creates a comfortable and flexible work environment that fosters communication and collaboration while saving time and energy.

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Top Daylighting: A Circadian Health and Wellness Perspective

This course illustrates how top daylighting (daylight penetration through the roof) design strategies produce positive biological responses affecting employee health and well-being. Learners will examine how exposure to “skydome dynamic daylight” throughout the workday provides all biologically relevant criteria for positive circadian system impact. This course will help identify new ways of informing stakeholders of the payback analysis for top daylighting strategies when examined through the filter of employee health.


Lighting Your Architecture: Using Tools of Light and Tools of Shadow

LED lighting systems and technologies have many distinct advantages that make them ideal for most architectural applications. They are also available in holistic product families that offer design cohesion and full-building integration. True “architectural lighting” creates harmony with the space it illuminates. This course explores an approach to lighting design that focuses not just on meeting the specific lighting requirements of a space, but on communicating with your design project.


New Ideas in LED Lighting

This learning unit will discuss the benefits of LED lighting when compared to other traditional bulb types and will provide a general overview of how new technologies allow for greater control of LED fixtures, light quality, and lumens. Architects will also learn how LED fixtures are including new options and benefits specifically intended to create unique and functional interior lighting designs. This learning unit will also explore the next generation of LED fixtures made possible by innovative contemporary designs, improved secondary optics, and wireless technology, and OLEDs. Finally, this learning unit will glimpse into the future, exploring developing technologies such as laser diodes and battery free sensors.


Understanding the Importance of Dark Skies

Excessive and unrestricted light from bollards, columns, and post tops can negatively impact people, animals, and the environment. However, fixtures that are designed to Dark Sky specifications can dramatically reduce the amount of sky glow and light pollution while saving energy and mitigating impact on the environment. This learning unit will explore the concept of Dark Sky and how architects can specify luminaires to help reduce light pollution and encourage a healthier and more responsible approach to lighting.


Calculate the Savings

The Payback calculator will quickly scope out just what you can save based on wattage, hours of operation, number of fixtures and other parameters.

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Using Low Voltage Systems for General Lighting

Low voltage distribution systems (LVDS) can offer an efficient and cost-effective alternative to traditional high voltage systems, but until recently were relegated to path lighting and decorative accents. This course will explain the background context of traditional and low voltage systems, including their common uses and code requirements, and will explore the benefits of combining a LV distribution system with LED lighting for general lighting systems. This learning unit will also address installation, insulation, maintenance, and potential cost savings associated with an LVDS for general lighting and to effectively address emergency lighting requirements.


Municipal Lighting Application Guide

Help keep operating and maintenance budgets in check – get a better understanding of how upgrading lighting in streets, public buildings, walkways, parking structures and common areas will help.

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Measuring Circadian Light in Buildings: Findings and Actions

Lighting design for office buildings has focused largely on providing sufficient illumination for visual performance, minimal glare, good color rendering and energy efficiency. Little attention has been given to understanding how light affects the non-visual systems, including circadian regulation that affects sleep and mood. This course will discuss basic information about the importance of light and dark for entertaining circadian rhythms will be discussed. Findings from the field evaluation will also be presented with some “lessons learned” on how to maximize daylight and electric lighting in a space to increase circadian stimulation.


The Science of Circadian Lighting

Expert panelists define circadian lighting and provide insight as to how it impacts the human body. Referencing the WELL Building Standard®, an evidence-based performance standard for measuring and certifying building features that impact occupant health and wellness, learn how to design for circadian lighting in different environments. What does a circadian smart space look like? Are there tradeoffs? Panelists will present examples of technologies that help accomplish these metrics, and show images of completed projects that have implemented circadian-smart designs.