Wednesday February 8th, 2017
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Light and Health Seminar: Evidence-Based Design

The Patricia DiMaggio Fund, in conjunction with the New York City Section of the IES, is proud to announce a yearlong discussion and series of presentations on Light and Health.  This four-part series will consist of discussions of research in the emerging field of light and health from a variety of viewpoints, medical, scientific, and experiential. The goal of the series is to increase our understanding of the ways light in the built environment contributes to our health and well-being.

Part One: Evidence Based Design
As humans, we’re biologically programmed to experience bright days and dark nights—but in the built environment, our light exposure has dramatically changed, leading to reduced light exposure during daytime hours and too much exposure at night. This session will discuss the basics of the circadian system as well as the design process, looking beyond fixture selection and stressing the need to understand how occupants use space, the influence of the interaction of light within the environment and electric lighting solutions. Tools and workflows will be shared that will empower designers to illustrate for their clients and colleagues the impact on design of utilizing the circadian system as a lighting resource. Lessons learned will also be shared through case studies that touch on occupant patterns, fixture choice, controls strategies and commissioning challenges.

About the Speaker:
ZGF Architects Sustainable Designer, Ed Clark LEED AP BD+C develops buildings and district-scaled sustainable strategies and is at the cutting-edge in the application of circadian lighting research in healthcare and workplace environments. His expertise is being leveraged to develop conventions of circadian lighting design for the U.S. General Services Administration; and the application of circadian lighting design in healthcare environments nationwide as seen most recently at Swedish Medical Center-Ballard, Behavioral Health Unit and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Pediatric Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit. Ed is among a group of ZGF architects and designers that has collaborated with academics and researchers to advance circadian lighting design and its application. He was instrumental to the creation of Lark Spectral Lighting, a circadian lighting design tool created by the University of Washington and ZGF Architects. Ed has spoken about circadian lighting design innovation and tools at conferences that include Lightfair, Living Future, AIBC, AIA National, CaGBC Building Lasting Change and healthcare’s PDC Summit.

This event is organized by IESNYC. For more information including registration, visit their event page here.


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