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Summer Solstice Daylighting Workshop

A training by Christoph Reinhart of MIT
Monday, Jun 20, 2016 10:00 am to Tuesday, Jun 21, 2016 5:00 pm

Building Energy Exchange

About the Event

Join Christoph Reinhart of Massachusetts Institute of Technology for a hands-on 2 day workshop on the use of daylight simulations in an architectural context. 

The course will stress the integration of daylight with other sustainable design concerns such as solar gain control, electric lighting energy use, and occupant comfort and will demonstrate how these concerns can collectively act as form-givers for architecture. Course participants will acquire a range of daylighting design analysis techniques ranging from rules of thumb to advanced computer simulations and high dynamic range photography for glare analysis.

Simulation exercises include:

  • Point in time visualizations and glare analysis in Radiance
  • Daylight Factor and point-in-time illuminance distributions for LEED 2009
  • Radiation maps for PV system sizing and passive solar design
  • Climate-based annual daylight calculations with dynamic shading and electric lighting controls
  • Spatial Daylight Autonomy calculations for LEED v4 compliance
  • Annual Daylight Glare Probability calculations
  • Integrated lighting/energy simulations
The focus audience are designers and sustainability consultants interested in learning the basic theory underlying daylight simulations as well as how to integrate such simulations within their work.

The course format are formal instructions, in-class discussions, software tutorials and exercises. Participants will also be given the opportunity to calibrate their personal digital cameras to take HDR images and learn several ways of how to quantitatively evaluate these images. Participants are expected to bring a newer Windows laptop with Rhinoceros 3D and DIVA 4.0 already installed on it. DIVA is based on the state-of-the-art simulation programs Radiance, Daysim, Evalglare, and EnergyPlus. The physical assumptions underlying these programs will be discussed in detail. Bringing a digital camera is optional.

A copy of the new Daylighting Handbook – Vol. I , written by the instructor, will also be provided.

This is a two-day training
  • June 20 - 10 am to 5 pm
  • June 21 -  9 am to 4 pm
  • (optional) June 21 - 7 to 9 am
Basic familiarity with Rhinoceros 3D software is preferred but not required. 


Christoph Reinhart is a building scientist and architectural educator working in the field of sustainable building design and environmental modeling. At MIT, he is leading the Sustainable Design Lab, an inter-disciplinary group with a grounding in architecture that develops design workflows, planning tools, and metrics to evaluate the environmental performance of buildings and neighborhoods. Christoph’s work has been recognized with various awards among them the ARUP Best Paper Prize at Building Simulation 2009 and the 2010 Leon Gaster Price from the Society of Light and Lighting.

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Building Energy Exchange reserves the right to cancel the workshop until June 15, 2016.

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