Daylighting elements and architectural roof glass are striking, desirable building features that historically come at a high cost: leaks, energy loss, thermal discomfort, and condensation issues. Next generation glazing is addressing these issues and developing roof glass elements, hidden daylighting features, and aesthetically-focused window systems designed to be thermal-bridge-free, and suitable for high performance envelope needs. Fenestration of all kinds requires special attention, but is especially important in high performance buildings, where they are fulfilling more occupant needs. Potential for thermal bridging, overheating, cold air convective currents and air or water leaks can dampen or destroy the gains of free daylight and visual comfort. The designer’s challenge is to meet both the aesthetic and performance demands of the building envelope.
This presentation covers methodologies for selecting daylighting solutions, presents case studies of that apply concepts, and lays out design considerations that apply to commercial or residential, flat or pitched roof, curtain wall systems, historic preservation retrofits and more. Proper integration and design decisions result in roof daylighting that addresses energy, light, health, ventilation, comfort, and overall wellness of both occupants and the longevity of the building envelope.
Ben Leer – High Performance Daylighting Specialist: Ben has a varied background combining knowledge from construction, design, earth science, sustainability, and hospitality. He graduated from City College with a Master’s in Sustainability in the Urban Environment with a focus in architecture. He has a passion for creating environmentally friendly building, and is deeply committed to the Passive House movement. Ben is excited to provide his knowledge and unique set of skills to help clients achieve meaningful impact within their projects. He advocates for personalized customer service, on-site training, and hands-on assistance.