Research in daylighting focuses on increasing how much natural light we can use in buildings, so as to decrease energy consumption for lighting, heating and cooling, improve comfort and well-being, generate aesthetical value, and provide a connection to the outside.

Current projects, involving students with a variety of backgrounds, range from developing experimental and simulation-based design tools for architects and architecture students so as to more efficiently integrate daylight in a building design process, to the construction of a new kind of instrument for optimizing advanced glazing and shading systems. Another major focus is concentrating on the development of new daylighting metrics, including health aspects, or of new facade or window systems.

Spring 2012

4.430 Daylighting

Instructor: Christoph Reinhart

Provides the tools necessary for an efficient integration of daylighting issues in the overall design of a building.