Daylighting Academy

Brought to you by Draper, Inc. and Phifer Incorporated

The Daylighting Academy focuses on challenges, benefits, and solutions being utilized in bringing natural light into commercial applications. It explores environmental and aesthetic benefits and technological advances, as well as the inherent opportunities—particularly occupant comfort and energy savings—in incorporating daylighting and shading strategies into modern building design. As innovative design solutions become increasingly critical in creating cost-effective, sustainable, modern structures, the use of natural light and automated shading systems are seeing a rise in popularity in order to meet the visual and performance goals of a wide variety of projects.

Upon successful completion of the academy, participants will earn 8 AIA LU (6 AIA LU/HSW + 2 AIA LU) and a digital badge from Architectural Record recognizing and validating their accomplishment. Each course within the academy is accompanied by a quiz. Complete and pass each quiz to receive your credits, certificate of completion, and digital badge

Daylighting and an Integrated Design Approach
This course will look at the following daylighting topics: Integrated Approach, Daylight Feasibility...
Glazing Selection and Shading Strategy for Optimizing Daylight in Architectural Design
This course will look at the following daylighting topics: Glazing Selection, Shading Strategy
Mechanical and Lighting Coordination for Daylight Solutions
This course will look at the following daylighting topics: Mechanical Coordination, Lighting Coordin...
Reflections on Daylight
Design teams capture the unique qualities of sunlight employing innovative solutions that fulfill su...

Academy Resources

Editorial Resources

Berkeley Lab building scientists show there’s savings to be wrung even from modern office buildings.

Christina Nunez

Innovative lighting and shading solutions are applicable to virtually all commercial buildings.

Daylighting the New York Times Headquarters Building: Final Report: Commissioning Daylighting Systems and Estimation of Demand Response

Lee, ES, Hughes, GD, Clear, RD, Fernandes, LL, Kil

This source book gives a comprehensive overview of innovative daylighting systems, the performance parameters by which they are judged, and an evaluation of their energy savings potential and user acceptance. 

International Energy Agency (IEA) Solar Heating an

A guide to essential window design issues, technologies, and applications for designers, specifiers, and builders.

John Carmody, Stephen Selkowitz, Eleanor S. Lee, D

The Facade Design Tool lets you choose the design conditions of a window and rank and compare the performance data in terms of annual energy, peak demand, carbon, daylight illuminance, glare, and thermal comfort.

Websites, guidelines, and organizations

This web site provides critical information and performance data on the energy efficiency, interior environment, and technical considerations that influence window design decisions.

Draper, Inc. Resources

Motorized shades lead to sustainable solutions

An overview of the benefits of designing a space with ample views and daylight, the challenges this presents, and how motorized shading can help solve these issues.

The Levi and Catharine Coffin State Historic Site in Fountain City, Indiana, had a sunlight problem.

This beautiful facade features unique angles and breaks in the glass. The problem was finding any solar shading that would work.