December Class at the Pacific Energy Center

LightStanza was invited back to the Pacific Energy Center this winter for two days of exploration and training! 

LightStanza’s Founder and Principal Daniel Glaser and Product Lead Sydney Nelson presented a two-day class at the Pacific Energy Center this October. These sessions broke barriers and empowered designers, architects, engineers, and more in the realm of robust and complex daylighting as industry standards and methods continue to evolve. 

Day One: Contemporary Ways to Design with Daylight

December 13, 2016 
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM PST 

The Contemporary Ways to Design with Daylight class introduced attendees to the value and uses for modern daylight simulation tools, and put them into context with historic methods to teach when, where, and how to use available daylight metrics. Along with daylight design’s effect on energy savings and occupant health, the class discussed the new LEED v4 metrics and how to achieve a good score along with overall high quality daylight design. Gensler’s Ken Hall presented a case study on using a daylighting tool to design a commercial building, and SerraLux’s Chris Hergenrother discussed how they use simulation tools for product R+D. Speakers answered questions such as: 
1. What can you do with daylighting simulation & analysis software that traditional methods can’t provide? 
2. How are standards changing for daylighting and does this mean for analysis tools? 
3. What are the best practices for daylight modeling? 
4. How much energy savings does daylighting bring today? 

Day Two: LightStanza Training Workshop

December 14, 2016 
Part One: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST 
Part Two: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM PST 

Day Two covered a range of analysis methods using the web-based LightStanza software. The 2-part (basic and advanced) day-long workshop taught attendees how to iterate with point-in-time and annual analysis as well as LEED v4 output using both simple and advanced 3D geometry. Those who attended the class learned the strengths and limitations of web-based daylight analysis, how to work with materiality, how blinds can be effectively modeled, and more. This training was meant to empower users of all backgrounds in order to make quality daylighting accessible for everyone. There were be two case studies using LightStanza, the first by Derek Felschow of Point Energy Innovations during the morning session and the second by Tim Metcalfe of Wasco Skylights during the afternoon session. 

Morning Agenda (9:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST) – Beginners Class: 
1. Introductions and overview of LightStanza Morning Workshop 
2. Overview of iterative designs with LightStanza (conceptual) 
3. LightStanza from start to finish – run through a simple project 
4. LightStanza Case Study: Point Energy Innovations 
5. Understanding LightStanza’s major workflows (more in-depth) 
a. Key Times 
b. Annual Metrics 
c. LEED 
6. SketchUp and LightStanza 
7. Class Exercise using a pre-made SU model (introduction and then open time for attendees to work through) 
8. Understanding results/simulation analysis – what to do with all the data! 
9. Summary/wrap-up/Q&A 

Afternoon Agenda (1:00 PM – 4:00 PM PST) – Advanced Class: 
1. Introductions and overview of LightStanza Afternoon Workshop 
2. LightStanza from start to finish – run through a more advanced project 
3. Understanding LightStanza’s advanced features 
4. LightStanza and converting Rhino/Revit models 
5. LightStanza Case Study: SerraLux 
6. Class Exercise using your own model (introduction and then open time for attendees to work through) 
7. Understanding results/simulation analysis – what to do with all the data! 
8. Summary/wrap-up/Q&A