Daylighting Design Performance Metrics to Enhance Health and Well-being

Scientific knowledge linking daylight access with human health is being translated into new performance metrics and design guidance that have the potential to transform design practices for workplace, learning, and healthcare environments.


As the relationship between design and health becomes ever more prominent, today's architects are focusing more on the proper use of daylight. This session will highlight how daylight not only enhances aesthetics and efficiency, but also improves human well-being.

Upon completion, you'll be equipped to:

  • Describe the main parameters of light and explain their effect on the human circadian system
  • Use specialized techniques to design high-performance indoor environments with thoughtfully controlled daylight exposure
  • Identify real-world examples of effective use of daylight for circadian entrainment and "biologically dark" spaces
  • Illuminate your knowledge of utilizing light in design through this insightful session.

Learning objectives

Attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the main parameters of light (spectrum, intensity, timing and duration) and explain the effect each has on the human circadian system.
  • Discover new simulation-based and field-based techniques to design and verify the performance of indoor environments where the spectrum, timing, intensity, and duration of daylight exposure are thoughtfully controlled to effectively stimulate the circadian system and maintain circadian entrainment.
  • Describe the known health risks of "biologically dark" indoor environments. Biologically dark environments are spaces that may be sufficient for the performance of the human visual system but insufficient for maintaining circadian entrainment. These spaces are common in many institutional building types.
  • Identify real project case studies of effective use of daylight for circadian entrainment and also identify case study examples of "biologically dark" spaces, where the design fails to deliver sufficient lighting for effective circadian entrainment.
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 $40  non-member
 $25  member
1.00 LU
  • HSW
  • GBCI
  • RIBA


  • Kyle Konis

    Kyle Konis

    Ph.D., AIA

    Assistant Professor, USC

    Kyle Konis, PhD., AIA, is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at USC, and a licensed architect...

Course details

Contents: Video, quiz, evaluation

Expiration: One year after purchase

Duration: 1:00

Passing Score: 80% on quiz