Faculty member selected as 2013-2015 AIA Upjohn Scholar

Faculty member selected as 2013-2015 AIA Upjohn Scholar

Faculty member Kyle Konis' project "Daylighting Design Performance Criteria for Alzheimer Care Facilities, Towards Evidence-based Best Practices for Improved Health" has been selected for an AIA Upjohn Research Initiative grant.

 

The objective of this research is to establish empirical daylighting design requirements and performance criteria for assisted living facilities serving people with Alzheimer disease.  Exposure to sufficient daylight is a potentially effective non-drug treatment option for people with Alzheimer disease.  However, current lighting and daylighting criteria for buildings are focused on visual acuity and electrical lighting energy reduction goals. This research aims to establish preliminary criteria for the timing, intensity, duration and spectrum of daylight exposure to influence specific health and well-being outcomes for residents of Alzheimer care facilities.  In partnership with one of Los Angeles’ largest Alzheimer care providers and faculty in the School of Gerontology, field research will be carried out in multiple facilities to examine and quantify the effects of daylight access on a comprehensive range of Alzheimer health and well-being outcome measures. Results will be used to develop requirements and performance criteria to improve the design, renovation, and operation of assisted living facilities. The applicability of performance criteria on design decision-making will be demonstrated through the development of a parametric design decision support tool used to generate multiple best practice design case studies responsive to unique site, program, and climate constraints. 

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