102 Introduction to Daylighting Design

led by Chris Meek, Director UW Integrated Design Lab

We know that designing for daylight in our buildings makes occupants happier and more productive, improves retail sales, increases student testing scores and retention – all while offering the potential for significant energy savings when paired with daylight harvesting electric lighting systems.

This class will introduce students to daylighting basics including initial siting and orientation, effective glazing, shading and louvering systems, and simple rules of thumb to maximize available visible daylight within the built environment while minimizing potential solar heat gain. 

Learning Goals:

At the end of the class, participants will:

  • Understand the basic motion of the sun relative to site positions and season.
  • Understand how to orient buildings to maximize daylight effectiveness
  • Understand basic mitigation and redirect systems to employ when siting may not be perfect.
  • Be able to articulate the primary benefits of using daylight in our buildings.
  • Understand the relationship between daylight and effective daylight harvesting electric lighting control systems.

Locations & Times:

  • SEATTLE Wed, Jan 30 | 3-5pm @ Lighting Design Lab
  • EVERETT TBD (1/21 - 2/1) @ SnoPUD’s Everett Training Center
  • TACOMA TBD (1/21 - 2/1) @ Tacoma Power Auditorium 


1. Choose a class date and location.

Wednesday, January 30
Class location:
2915 4th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98134
Seattle, Washington