IMEG Senior Lighting Designer Shanna Olson is a significant contributor to the recently released Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School Buildings – Achieving Zero Energy. The guide empowers owners, contractors, consulting engineers, architects, designers and administrators of K-12 school buildings to cost effectively achieve advanced levels of energy savings.
Olson, LC, MIES, Affiliate IIDA, co-authors the guide’s section on electric lighting, providing design tips, case studies, and technical examples to illustrate that the energy goals are achievable at typical construction budgets. The section also covers LED light sources and controls recommendations for better lighting quality and energy benefits. Other sections of guide are building and site planning, envelope, daylighting, plug loads, kitchens and food service, water heating, HVAC and renewable generation.
Strategies for achieving energy targets are provided throughout the guide and cover how to set measurable goals, hire design teams committed to that goal, use simulation throughout the design and construction process, and maintain awareness about how process decisions affect energy usage.