For my Assignment 5 I will primarily be focusing on light.  I wanted to research more about utilizing natural light and what the best way to do it is.  I found lots of great information on daylighting and designs.

Kruse Elementary, Colorado

Here is an Kruse Elementary School in Colorado.  The natural lighting, though good in though, is actually quite distracting, especially during the hours it is primarily used.  The lighting is too open and unable to be controlled.  Instead, it provides a large glare that does not let you appreciate the light.

Here, is Fort Collins High School, also in Colorado.  The room uses a taped paper and glazing to provide shade from harsh lighting that illuminates the room at a comfortable level.

Fort Collins High School, Colorado

(Source: Architectural Energy Corp, http://www.energydesignresources.com/media/1702/EDR_DesignBriefs_daylightmetrics.pdf)

Here are some cool simulations on how daylighting works: http://www.ecoadvisor.com/html/ecoDaylighting.htm#

For more information:

http://www.energydesignresources.com/technology/daylighting-design.aspx

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