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The Daylight Institute

Tools and Techniques for Sustainable Daylighting

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is offering the Daylight Institute, a series of two-day seminars on daylighting design and daylighting control specification. The seminars are geared toward architects, engineers, and other professionals who are interested in designing sustainable daylighted buildings and in successfully incorporating daylight harvesting control systems into their building and lighting designs.

The seminars will include interactive lectures, demonstrations, case study reviews, and practical sessions that will involve participants in the process of daylighting design and analysis. Participants will also receive valuable tools that they can use to assist them in daylighting design, economic analysis, and the selection and specification of daylight harvesting control systems.

Each session of the Daylight Institute is designed to include two, one-day sessions. Each session is from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Day one – Sustainable Daylighted Building Design

Day one of the seminar is designed to provide information to architects, engineers, and other building design professionals who are interested in learning the latest information on to design well-daylighted buildings. Day-one information will help architects to:
  • Effectively design and evaluate options to improve daylight access and penetration in buildings; understand the impact of building site, building configuration, window and skylight configuration, materials, and glazing type on daylight penetration;
  • Design effective sun control systems to minimize glare and heat gain in daylighted spaces;
  • Understand the economic impacts of various daylighting options and the costs and benefits of each; analyze the impact of various daylighting options on building costs, energy use, and indoor environmental quality;
  • Objectively quantify the financial and human benefits of daylighting for building owners and developers; effectively communicate the value of daylighting to building owners, developers, and other decision-makers.

Day two – Design and Specification of Daylight Harvesting Control Systems

Day two of the seminar is designed to provide information to engineers, architects, lighting designers, and other building professionals who are interested in the selection, specification, commissioning, and use of systems to control electric lighting in response to daylight. Day-two information will help building professionals to:
  • Understand the issues involved in the successful integration of daylighting and electric lighting control systems;
  • Design effective daylighting control systems for a variety of space types that will save energy, reduce peak electric demand, and provide positive benefits to building occupants and owners;
  • Specify and select daylighting control products that will meet the objective of the daylighting design;
  • Commission a daylighting control system so that it will operate effectively.

Registration / Session Dates and Locations

Attendees can register for either day one or day two of the seminars, or they can register to attend both days. The cost of the sessions is $100 per day and will include continental breakfast and lunch each day as well as all course materials and manuals. To reserve your place at the Daylight Institute, fill out the registration form and include payment for each day of the seminar you plan to attend. Sessions are limited to 30 participants, so please register early to reserve your place in the Daylight Institute.

Participants will earn 6 AIA Health, Safety, Welfare Learning Units (LUs/HSW) per day of the Daylight Institute.

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The LRC will hold the two-day Daylight Institute at the following locations. To start your registration, first determine the location you wish to attend. Then determine whether you wish to participate in day one, day two or both.

Date Location Register
    Day one Day two Both days
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About the instructors

The following LRC faculty and staff have developed the curriculum for the Daylight Institute and will teach various sections of the Daylight Institute.

Andrew Bierman, MS, LC
Professor Bierman is a senior research scientist at the LRC and an expert in photometry, lighting measurement, and lighting controls. He is currently conducting research in the areas of lighting controls, measurement of lighting efficiency, and the development of improved photosensor technology. Professor Bierman is an expert in the area of lighting control technology and daylighting control systems integration, installation, and commissioning. He has provided technical assistance, education, and consultation on the design of daylighting control systems and technologies to building designers, manufacturers, and control system developers.

Daniel Frering, LC
Daniel Frering is the director of grants development and educational programs for the LRC where he directs the Outreach and Graduate Education Programs including teaching, and course and curriculum development. Mr. Frering holds a graduate degree in education and has also studied lighting as part of the Master of Science in Lighting program at the LRC. He has received his “Lighting Certification” (LC) from the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP). He also currently serves as a member of the Council of NCQLP. Mr. Frering teaches courses and seminars in lighting technology, daylighting, control systems, lighting applications, and economic analysis. His current research includes the evaluation of daylighting technologies, photovoltaic outdoor lighting systems, and energy-efficient lighting for commercial buildings.

Russell P. Leslie, AIA, FIES, LC
Professor Leslie is the associate director of the LRC. He is a practicing architect licensed in Vermont and New York and has been project architect for more than one-hundred architectural projects and planning studies. He teaches courses in lighting, daylighting, environmental systems, design, construction systems, and research and has served as Director of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. Professor Leslie is the author of The Lighting Pattern Book for Homes, The Outdoor Lighting Pattern Book, and more than 50 papers, articles, and reports on daylight, lighting, architecture, and energy. Professor Leslie was also coauthor of Daylighting – A Resource Book, which was the first comprehensive compilation of daylighting resources to help architects focus on daylighting in the conceptual stages of building design.

Professor Leslie has taught courses in daylighting within the School of Architecture at Rensselaer for the past 25 years. He was one of the founding members of the Daylighting Network of North America in the 1980’s and has provided consultation and technical assistance to architects and engineers throughout the Northeast since that time.

Leora Radetsky, LC
With an extensive background in photometry, daylighting, and lighting software, Leora brings over ten years of experience to the LRC. She serves as a test committee member for the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP) and is Vice-chair of the IESNA Roadway Lighting Measurements & Calculations subcommittee. Since joining the LRC, Leora's invaluable expertise and technical guidance are evident on several research and design projects.


These Daylight Institute seminars have been made possible through funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

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