Daylighting 103: Design guidelines

A primer to integrating daylight in buildings

What you will learn:

  1. Define significance of daylight in buildings.

  2. Enumerate daylight guidelines for overall building design.

  3. List daylight design strategies for fenestration

  4. Understand application in design


It is recommend that a participant takes the first 2 courses - Daylighting 101 and Daylighting 102 before taking this course. It will enhance understanding on this topic. But if haven't done so, its okay. You can get started with the course. You will need to be familiar with daylighting metrics such illuminance, flux, etc.


This course is approved for 1 GBCI Continuation Education (CE) credits. After completing the course you can report your credit towards LEED credential maintenance.

Using daylight in buildings is a key strategy for passive design. Efficient daylighting schemes help achieve comfort by offering optimum illumination, excellent color-rendering; avoiding glare and excessive brightness ratios which has a positive impact on occupant health and well being.

This course will discuss strategies that are necessary to be implemented during conceptual design to integrate the right elements for daylighting. These are simple yet very important elements that need to be decided at the very beginning to steer the design in the right direction. For example, carefully orienting the building for solar access, and controlling the quality and quantity of light as it enters inside a space.

Since most of the light that enters buildings is through windows and skylights, comprehending the set of strategies for effective fenestration design would make one’s job easier at the early design stage. These thumb-rules do not require many calculations but it does impact the overall building form, volume and space planning. This course also enumerates many interesting projects that showcase the successful integration of daylight for enhancing the character of a space.

The entire lecture is structured in 7 modules with highly visual and engaging content. At the end of the course, you will walk away with knowledge that you can apply in your work.

Who is this course for:

If you are associated with the building industry either on the design side or the construction side, this course is relevant for you.

Course Reviews

"This course provides simple guidelines and tools to determine daylighting levels in a space. Looking forward to applying the design strategies discussed in this course in the future projects."

-Srinidhi Nitin

"Great course"

-Christine P Chung

"Very informative and well explained. Overall good session and enriching course"

-Minal Budati

"very interesting."

-Ted Senet