The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck

Lunch & Learn on Tunable White Light and Early Design Energy Modeling

Event Date: 
Friday, February 24, 2017 - 11:30am to 1:30pm
Event Type: 
Lunch & Learn
Event Location: 
FSU/GRCC Applied Technology Center, 151 Fountain Street, Room 234, Grand Rapids, MI 49503


The 11:30 am session is going to be presented by Joe Szivan of West Michigan Lighting.  The topic will be Understanding Tunable White Light.  It is well known that overlaying the projection of one color of light with the projection of a different color of light will result in the creation of a third color on the reflected surface. And the use of computer networks to control lighting is nothing new, either. What is new is the continued reduction in cost of LED-based luminaires and the development of better, more affordable, user interfaces and controls, making a number of different approaches to white color tuning possible.  Both sessions will offer HSW credits.  

The 12:30 pm session is on early design modeling which will be presented by Jim Dirkes from the Building Performance Team.    Just Like You Might Not Think -Why Early Design Modeling Saves Money Now and Later

Planning a new facility is time-consuming and costly in its own right. Constructing the facility is even more costly. Operating it is yet more costly than construction. Balancing capital expense and operating expense is a crucial, but largely ignored task. Because it’s ignored, ROI is often “measured” by gut checks or extremely limited analysis.

Architects and engineers succeed when they get function and aesthetics right, but until recently have not been able to meaningfully compare the key metrics of construction cost against operating cost. That is changing - a lot.

The capabilities, speed and flexibility of modeling software are increasing in ways that make modeling dramatically more powerful and cost effective. Energy modeling is “marrying” cost analysis and optimization algorithms, becoming a fast and eminently practical tool to inform decisions very early in the design process. It’s a strategy that can transform design practice, cost effectiveness and energy / operating performance success. Both presentations will be submitted for AIA HSW credit for each presentation.  

Lunch will be provided. This lunch and learn is free to all current AIAGR members and students. Non-AIAGR members must pay $15 by check (make checks out to AIA Grand Rapids and send to AIA Grand Rapids, Attention: Deborah Dik, 10238 10 Mile Road, NE, Rockford, MI 49341) or by credit card at Eventbrite.

If you sign up and cannot attend for any reason, please email Deborah Dik at or call 616-340-6200 so we can cancel your lunch.