Research Project Summary Information
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute-LRC
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's (RPI) Lighting Research Center (LRC) has significant experience in providing education and training to architects and lighting decision makers concerning lighting, daylighting, and the integration of daylighting and electric lighting systems. The LRC has both a master's of science degree and a doctoral program in lighting. It also has direct contact with a number of groups of lighting and building design professionals, including facilities managers, contractors, architects, engineers, and utility personnel. The LRC developed the Daylighting Controls Practicum training module under the Capturing the Daylight Dividends Program (NYSERDA Agreement 6771) and trained six regional training teams that delivered the practicum throughout the U.S. LRC faculty and staff have offered daylighting seminars as part of the daylighting institute offered at the LightFair International annual U.S. conferences, and at professional meetings, including the American Institute of Architects New York State and of Vermont. The LRC maintains a dedicated Web site for daylighting (www.daylightdividends.org) and has begun a study to understand the compatibility issues between dimming ballasts and lamps, funded by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, ballast and lamp manufacturers, and the U.S. Department of Energy. The LRC also recently updated the national Lighting Product Information Program's Specifier Report on photosensors.
The work called for the development and presentation of six two-day seminars on daylighting for architects, engineers, and other building decision makers in New York State. The goals of the seminar were to provide hands-on, interactive training in daylighting design; electric lighting controls specification, installation, and commissioning; and economic analysis of daylighting.
The training was expected to provide architects with knowledge about daylighting opportunities in buildings, and help them incorporate daylight harvesting into their building designs while feeling confident of saving energy and increasing the aesthetic quality of the building design.
The LRC designed, developed, and presented six two-day seminars on daylighting for architects, engineers, and other building decision makers in New York State. The LRC also presented two two-day daylighting seminars in Connecticut, and one in Vermont. The seminars provided hands-on, interactive training in daylighting design; electric lighting controls specification, installation, and commissioning; and economic analysis of daylighting. The first day of the training program focused on the design and analysis of effective daylighting in buildings. The second day focused on design, installation, and commissioning of electric lighting control systems to reap the energy-saving benefits of daylight. Architects and lighting decision makers were invited to attend one or both days, depending on their need for training in both daylighting design and electric lighting control integration. Over 200 architects and engineers were trained. The daylighting training increased architects’ knowledge of daylighting opportunities in buildings, and helped them incorporate daylight harvesting into their buildings while feeling confident of saving energy and increasing the aesthetic quality of the building design. The architects and engineers who attended the training gave the trainers very high marks and thought the training was both relevant and valuable to their work.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute-LRC
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Troy, NY 12180
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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R&D - Buildings Research