Individual Structured or Non-Structured Learning Webinar Series

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Individual Structured Learning



Technical Guide to Designing with Daylight From Above

This presentation will focus on core principles to daylighting in buildings and how to best achieve the desired quantity and quality of light in a given design. Daylight models and case studies will be used to observe how light enters a building from above and explore techniques of designing openings, ceilings, and overall spaces to optimize for daylight. We will explore sun path diagrams, measurements of daylight from above vs. from vertical openings, and factors that affect daylight entering a building. Design strategies will be presented that pertain to the density of openings, scale, and light shaft design and how they were used to achieve a certain quality of daylight. Product considerations will give understanding to glazing properties and compliance for codes and standards. In this presentation, we will:

  • Define the elements of daylight and daylight modelling
  • Set measurable parameters for achieving comfortable daylight levels in a given space
  • Distinguish how different design strategies achieve different effects of light
  • Analyze glazing properties that relate to requirements for thermal, structural and water-tightness

    Tuesday, June 2, 2020
    2:00 PM EST/11:00 AM PST

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Designing for People with Daylight & Fresh Air

Winston Churchill famously said, “We shape our buildings; thereafter, they shape us.” In this presentation, we will explore how our buildings change us and the meaning of good design as it relates to the human experience. As more buildings are being designed primarily for energy conservation rather than thoughtful design, we will evaluate the effects of poor design on human health and flourishment, as well as the benefits of good design as it relates to daylight and fresh air on the human mind, body, and overall wellbeing. This presentation will include content relating to research and case studies that link the benefits of a healthy indoor environment to a person’s mental capacity, physical functioning, and emotional wellness. Case studies will present various examples of residential, commercial, institutional, public, and community buildings and explore their site conditions, design concepts, and their creative use of daylight to enhance the experience of their spaces. In this presentation, we will:

  • Explain the unique qualities and benefits of daylight vs. artificial light
  • Analyze the use of daylighting strategies in precedents of various building types
  • Describe the connection between daylit environments to health and comfort
  • Design human-centric buildings that emphasize the wellbeing of people that use the space

    Tuesday, June 9, 2020
    2:00 PM EST/11:00 AM PST
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Individual Non-Structured Learning


Commercial Applications - Product, Building Science, and Standard  & Codes

Our vision at VELUX is to see to the design of healthier and better buildings with daylight and fresh air through the roof. We will review our commercial product line, which includes domes, sun tunnels, and our VELUX Modular Skylight system and discuss their appropriate application through realized projects. This presentation will focus on the technical aspects of skylights and their specific product considerations, including thermal performance, solar heat gain, and visual transmittance. The various elements and properties of a glazing unit will be described and their relation to standards and code compliance important for performance or prescriptive specification paths. There will be considerations for the building envelope, primarily the roof in regard to air and water-tightness. In this presentation, we will:

  • Review the various options for commercial product and application
  • Analyze the elements and properties of a glazing unit that affect thermal efficiency, solar heat gain, and visual transmittance
  • Design and provide solutions for light shafts and roof openings to prevent leaks and condensation
  • Determine what/how products will meet thermal and structural performance requirements for current and future projects

    Tuesday, June 16, 2020
    2:00 PM EST/11:00 AM PST
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 Residential Applications – Product, Best Practices, & Interior Design

This presentation will touch on the importance of daylight and fresh air as key elements of the design of living spaces and focus on the product solutions that will allow this vision to come to life. Our residential product line will be presented via realized projects, as well as their appropriate applications and best practices for installation. We will describe the fixed and venting options of our deck mount and curb mount skylights, and touch on roof windows, flat roof skylights, and sun tunnels. Construction, installation, and interior design strategies will be discussed in relevance to best practices. In this presentation, we will:

  • Describe the various options for residential skylights and upgrades
  • Analyze the unique aspects and differences of skylights, roof windows, flat roof skylights, and sun tunnels
  • Define best practices for construction and installation of various product selection
  • Determine the most appropriate skylight option for current and future residential and commercial projects

    Tuesday, June 23, 2020
    2:00 PM EST/11:00 AM PST
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