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With the 2050 Energy Challenge in mind, many institutions are embracing strict policies on energy consumption in order to be at the vangaurd of sustainable practice. The California State Educational System is one such organization, specifying a 25% below code requirements for University buildings. This project specifically involves a retrofit of Cruess Hall, a former shop and storage space on the campus of UC Davis.
Our first task was establishing a baseline from which we can understand the conditions of existing light quality. The project is in design development stage, so after a baseline is established design suggestions can be made to improve daylighting based on DIVA analysis. One such design option is presented here in contrast to the existing condition both as an informant of design but also of new methods for achieving greater efficiency and user comfort.
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