About The Daylighting Organization

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Our Approach

We’ve learned a lot from past programs. Based on their successes and failures, we’ve developed some useful approaches to make daylighting practical and successful.

Do not reward first cost increases—emphasize no cost to low cost repeatable models of success. Construction in the U.S. is extremely sensitive to first cost. Our emphasis is on no-cost to extremely low-cost options. We want to create a new mainstream construction standard. This first level of success may not harness every possible benefit of daylighting, but it is the perfect first step.

Avoid high profile/one-of-a-kind projects—address “typical” or mainstream construction. The Collaborative will not focus on large one-of-a-kind projects such as airports and malls. These projects can generally afford added design expertise if they seriously desire daylighting. In the initial phase of the program, we will only address projects that are representative of mainstream building projects.

Break the current dependency on daylighting experts.

Through education and training, every designer will be taught to incorporate daylighting into every design. They will be taught basic daylighting design concepts for mainstream buildings, eliminating the need to hire a daylighting consultant.

Why-do and how-to information

The Collaborative seeks to provide both the “why do” and the “how to.” While we must continue to educate on the “why do” of daylighting and other environmentally responsible design practices, it is imperative to teach the “how to.” This component has been lacking in other daylighting programs.

Teach in steps—minimize risk and complexity

Our goal is to make the first step relatively easy. We will focus on getting building owners and designers started and reaching a first level of success. However, this first step will anticipate state-of-the-art design.

Invite feedback

While daylighting is a mature technology, it is not totally embedded in mainstream construction. To honor the diffusion process, we must permit daylighting to grow and evolve as it is integrated into the wider concerns of advanced building technologies appropriate for the 21st century. The Collaborative sees communication and feedback from practitioners as an integral component of daylighting success, which will allow for continuing research.

Focus on the unique benefits and abilities of mature daylighting—not just utility bill reductions

The Collaborative will emphasize the human, environmental and economic performance benefits of daylighting. These other benefits suggest that there is every reason to use daylighting.