Join DOE for webinar on lighting in K-12 schools

Published on: 
30 Oct 2018
Alysson Blackwelder

After you place your vote on Election Day, be sure to join the U.S. Department of Energy as it continues its Better Buildings webinar series with "Bright Idea: Lighting Toolkit for K-12 School Districts."

Bright Idea: Lighting Toolkit for K–12 School Districts webinar

When: Tues., November 6, 3–4 p.m. ET
Registration: Sign up for the webinar

On Tues., November 6, this webinar will host presenters Robert McDonald and Tracy Beeson, both with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Together, they will examine a new comprehensive lighting toolkit for K–12 schools, and will share how to use this guidance to improve the function of multiple types of school buildings. The webinar will also review the latest lighting technologies and strategies to help optimize classrooms for student performance and proficiency.

LEED helps schools and students perform better.

LEED recognizes the unique needs of K–12 schools in the design, construction and operation stages. Through tailored adaptations of the Building Design and Construction (BD+C) and Operations and Maintenance (O+M) rating systems, LEED tackles several critical components of school buildings. Issues like children’s health, community connectivity, acoustic performance and quality views are all addressed to enhance learning environments for better student performance, while also increasing a school’s sustainability and resilience.

LEED also offers additional points for the incorporation of high-quality interior lighting, which can be achieved through one of two options. To earn this credit, a project can provide individual lighting controls that enable individual occupants to incrementally adjust lighting in their spaces. Alternatively, a project can adopt a choice of specified strategies for enhanced lighting quality. These can include approaches such as using light sources with a CRI of 80 or higher, using direct-only overhead lighting for 25 percent or less of the total connected lighting load for occupied spaces.

Check out all the specific credits for schools in the LEED credit library.

Greenbuild offers opportunities to learn more.

Have you registered for Greenbuild Chicago yet? This year, the conference offers a lineup of education sessions, panel discussions and other opportunities to learn the benefits of green schools. See the guide to Greenbuild for K–12 professionals for a preview of what to explore.

Join the DOE webinar on lighting in schools