4.430
Daylighting and Solar Gain Control

Prerequisites: 
4.401/4.461 or equivalent

Note: lecture room changed from 3-133 to 1-277 as of 2/23/2015

The primary focus of this 9 or 12 credit course is the study of natural and electric lighting in an architectural context. The course promotes the integration of occupant comfort, energy efficiency and daylight availability throughout the design process and places an emphasis upon the role light can play in shaping architecture. Students will learn a series of design techniques from rules of thumb and simulations to high dynamic range photography and physical model building. Throughout the course students will work in groups and apply these techniques to a semester-long course project.
Learning objectives and/or Pedagogical objectives (including basic course structure)
At the end of this course students will be able to …
- formulate their own definition of what constitutes ‘good ‘ lighting,
- conduct a series of daylighting design techniques from rules of thumb and simulation to high dynamic range photography and physical model building,
- develop a comprehensive lighting strategy for their projects.

Completion requirements
Evaluation criteria and grading (basis for a grade)
Participation in class.
Homework assignments.
Course project

Undergraduates are welcome.

Readings

Daylighting Handbook Volume I by C. Reinhart

(other texts provided by the instructor)