Daylight, engaging the architect
Perth, 2nd April 2010
For once I am not away when it comes to public holidays. Somehow I am always working somewhere else when a country has its public holidays, I am sure some of you can relate to this…anyhow this weekend in many “western” countries is the Good Friday and Easter Holiday long weekend, with most businesses closed till Monday. For a change I am around and look forward to spend some time with my kids. For those of you, who enjoy the Easter break, enjoy your time with your family and friends.
I have spoken about day-lighting before as it is fast becoming an integral part of our lighting design thinking. However it is an area that is as much linked to lighting design as it is linked to architecture. So the integration of daylight in a design requires a far higher degree of engagement with the architect. Not only to understand the day light impact obviously but also the reversed situation at night as with increased levels of daylight intake comes an increased potential for light pollution. The way light comes into the building pretty much offers the same route back for (artificial) lighting to leave the building. For buildings chasing compliance with a LEED classification that is a big challenge. How do you maximise day light-in versus minimize artificial light-out?
Architectural building elements, such as windows, skylights, glass blocks, light shelves and reflectors, light pipes, fiber optic embedded concrete, etc, offer great opportunities to transfer light deeper into the building, but what is the impact at night?
As always in life there is positive and negative, in and out, yin and yang. We cannot just look at how to solve the daylight intake without consideration for the effects on our environment through potential artificial lighting waste.
Where daylight is pretty much directed by the architect, the artificial lighting at night is directed by us, so we need to engage, now more then ever…