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Laboratories Best Practices: Daylighting in Laboratories

Steven G. Liescheidt, P.E., CCS, CCPR

Course Outline

This one hour online course discusses the benefits of daylighting in laboratories from multiple perspectives including energy savings and facility operations impacts.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will:

Intended Audience

This course is intended for electrical and mechanical engineers.

Benefit for Attendee

Attendee of this course will be able to better understand how the use of natural light can be integrated into laboratory facility designs effectively in a manner that provides multiple benefits to the laboratory occupants and owner who pays for utility bills related to lighting electrical demand.

Course Introduction

A successful daylighting strategy must be well integrated with the building’s external image, site, and form as well as its mechanical and electrical systems. Therefore, it is important to set a goal for daylighting early in an integrated design process. This course discusses daylighting from multiple perspectives.

Course Content

This course is primarily based on Laboratories For The 21st Century: Best Practices – Daylighting In Laboratories, DOE/GO-102003-1766, October 2003:

Laboratories Best Practices: Daylighting in Laboratories

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Course Summary

Daylighting saves energy, enhances productivity, and reduces costs associated with electric lighting. Daylighting should be considered during the design phase of every new laboratory building. The best time to address it is during the goal-setting process, when defined, measurable goals can be specified.

Related Links

For additional technical information related to this subject, please visit the following websites:

United States Green Building Council –
US Department of Energy –
National Renewable Energy Laboratory –


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.