Research Project Information

Research Project Summary Information

NYS Daylighting Collaborative(ST6294-1)

Energy Center of Wisconsin


The Daylighting Collaborative was formed in 1998 by the Energy Center of Wisconsin, utilities in Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Chapter of AIA, the Lighting Research Center (LRC), NY, and public interest groups, to promote daylighting in schools and offices. The Collaborative focuses on using Cool Daylighting, a technique to save energy by reducing both lighting and cooling needs. The Daylighting Collaborative uses market transformation activities, information, and special training to encourage building owners, public officials, and the general public to adopt Cool Daylighting™ without the need for financial rebates or other financial incentives.

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Project Description

The project conducted activities promoting daylighting in schools in New York, including training, offering technical assistance to schools considering Cool Daylighting™ designs, and establishing demonstration sites showcasing Cool Daylighting™ designs in New York; conducted an external review of the Cool Daylighting™ Program by experts in the field; and completed a literature review of existing daylighting worker productivity research.


Lighting, space heating, and cooling, account for about three-fourths of total commercial energy use, and schools account for the largest commercial buildings. While New York's energy use is low on a per capita basis, New York schools harbor vast opportunities for energy efficiency improvements. The commercial sector (including schools) consumes 620 TBtu annually, accounting for 21% of the commercial sectors' total end-use consumption. Cool Daylighting designs will allow schools to reduce lighting, space heating and cooling energy use, reduce the size of HVAC equipment, and bring more daylight into classrooms.

Project Results

The project was not successful in attracting the interest of New York schools to implement the Cool Daylighting™ designs.


Energy Center of Wisconsin
455 Science Drive, Suite 200
Madison, WI 53711

Principle Investigator

Abby Vogen

Universities Involved


Project Type:

Information Dissemination

Technologies Types:

Building Systems

NYSERDA Contact Information

Marsha Walton


R&D - Buildings Research

Contract Details

Start Date: 1/11/2010
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: ST6294-1

Last Updated: 2/8/2011 1