Daylighting analysis of Cannon Design

Energy engineer Scott Schuetter, PE, LEED AP BD+C, provided daylighting analysis for the new Cannon Design office in Chicago, Illinois, as part of the ComEd and Nicor Gas New Construction Service. He wrote a piece for ComEd's newsletter, excerpted here.

Daylighting is the practice of using natural light to illuminate building spaces. Rather than relying solely on electric lighting during the day, daylighting brings indirect natural light into the building and reduces electricity costs.

Cannon Design is a worldwide architectural and engineering firm that places sustainability at the heart of their practice, both for their clients and for themselves. When they decided to move their Chicago office to the 11th floor of an existing building on Michigan Avenue, Cannon Design wanted to incorporate this sustainable vision into the design of their own space.

Specifically, Cannon's lighting design strategy incorporated the following, according to Raisa Shigol, LC, Senior Lighting Designer with Cannon Design:

  • support the sustainable design and energy efficiency goals of the project
  • utilize natural daylight to supplement electric lighting
  • enhance visual quality while minimizing lighting energy use
  • lower ambient light levels coupled with individual task lights
photo courtesy: Cannon Design