Event Lunch & Learn - Tubular Daylighting Devices

May 18, 2010 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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This course provides an introduction to the increasingly important topic of daylighting, and to tubular daylighting devices (TDDs), which are an effective means of achieving daylighting objectives. We begin with an overview of what daylighting is and its role in sustainable design, review its benefits and challenges, and explain how TDDs fit into traditional daylighting strategies. An overview of developments within the TDD field is followed by an animated graphic that describes and depicts each of a TDD's functional components. In the next section of the course, two key technical parameters of TDD performance, specular reflectance and spectral reflectivity, are explained. The course concludes with an example showing the before and after effects of introducing TDDs into an institutional space, and this example serves to anchor a discussion of some of the design considerations involved in the use of TDDs.

Learning Objectives:

* Define daylighting in qualitative and quantitative terms.
* Describe four important benefits to the occupants of daylight spaces and three significant challenges to the designer of daylit spaces.
* Describe the two traditional approaches to daylighting a building.
* Describe the functional role of each of the four key components of a tubular daylighting device (TDD).
* Describe in qualitative terms the two primary tasks a TDD has to perform with the light it collects, and two technical measures used to specify TDD performance.
* Describe how TDDs help a designer meet three significant challenges of daylighting a space.
* Describe how TDDs help the daylighting designer with creating an area of visual focus in a space and designing the lighting around the windows.
* Explain how TDDs help sustain the link people have with the outside environment.

1 LU / HSW
Lunch will be provided by Ed Flume Company - registration in advance required
$5 for members / $20 for non members
Register below or call 512-452-4332