Lighting Systems

Lighting systems require particular attention both because of their energy consumption and their effect on the spaces for work and life of the community. The cost of lighting, representing about a third of the total energy used in the structure, can be kept under control by combining efficient lamps and fixtures, automatic lighting controls and dimming systems. Daylighting, controlled to avoid glare and excessive heat gains, should be encorporated as much as possible, as it provides free energy and links the interior environment to the outside in a way that contributes to the spirit of the building. The colors surrounding the work spaces should also be considered a part of the lighting system, as they can affect the ability of students and faculties to focus.