SLATERPAULL attends USGBC Colorado’s annual Rocky Mountain Green building conference

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Ara Massey, LEED AP BD+C
Sustainable Design Manager

Designing with Daylight Walking Tour, presented by Cameron Scripture, LEED AP BD+C, Viracon and Jill Dalglish, Dalglish Daylighting, LLC:  This session covered the fundamentals of daylighting strategies from light sources to the lighting efficacy of daylight vs. electric light.  4 buildings were toured: 1800 Larimer, 1900 16th Street, the DaVita Headquarters and the Metro State Student Success Building.  The successful ambient light resulting from use of Low-E Insulating Silk-screened glass (40% subdued grey color #2) in the lobby of 1900 16th Street was impressive as compared to the lobby of the DaVita Headquarters where although the lobby is beautifully daylit, they are having to install blinds to mitigate glare.  Also interesting was the perspective of looking out from within 1800 Larimer as I have always wondered how the patchwork glazing looks from the building occupant’s perspective.

LEED Daylight Credit Innovations, presented by Daniel Glaser, LEED AP BD+C, Light Foundry: Some of the notable proposed changes to the LEED v4 Daylighting credit that Daniel covered are revisions to the daylight modeling parameters: under v2009 a clear sky and open blinds were assumed vs. the variable sky conditions and blinds closed at openings with direct sunlight to be used when modeling under v4.  LEED v4 Daylighting credit also emphasizes Spatial Daylight Autonomy and Annual Sunlight Exposure scores. 

Integrated Design: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, presented by Don Saal, Architectural Energy Corporation, Tasha Halevi, Architectural Energy Corporation and Dana Villeneuve, Architectural Energy Corporation:  The biggest takeaway from this session on lessons learned during Integrated Project Delivery was based on “Ego Management”.  One successful charette exercise noted was to brainstorm about the stereotypes of each of the IPD team members thus acknowledging the stereotypes exist in the hopes of moving past them as a team.  Another exercise was to have the team line up by where they fall on the spectrum of a left brain/right brain assessment so that team members can better understand how to communicate with one another.