PGE - Lighting Design and Software for Indoor Calculations - Basic

Friday, February 17, 2012 - 9:00am to 4:30pm
Also Offered February 10 (Friday, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm) San Francisco--PEC
Description THIS IS THE FIRST CLASS IN A SERIES OF THREE. Once you have completed the BASIC class, you may attend the INTERMEDIATE class (held on February 24th) and also the ADVANCED class (held on March 2nd). Lighting designer Steve Mesh will start with a review of certain fundamental aspects of indoor lighting. Attendees will then use "Visual" software to verify light levels for simple space types. We will explore IES-recommended light levels and uniformity through in-class exercises. We will start from scratch and learn how to create simple interior spaces. We will then import photometric data from fixtures into the program and learn how to locate fixtures in the computer model of the room. This course is designed to be a basic introduction to lighting software for those with no prior CAD or lighting software experience. You will learn how to use computer software to make better lighting choices and to save energy. Attendees will be expected to bring in their own laptops with the software pre-loaded. The instructor will e-mail attendees prior to the class with instructions for downloading and installing the Visual software used in the class. The software can be downloaded and used for free -- on a trial basis -- for up to 30 days after initial use. Information will be provided about obtaining a license number (usually for free) for continued use of the software. Visual is only designed to run on PCs, but may be run on a Mac in a Windows partition. It is also necessary to bring a mouse to the class.
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Instructor(s) Steven Mesh
Steven Mesh, LC, IESNA, is the Senior Lighting Coordinator at the Pacific Energy Center in San Francisco. He has been a lighting designer and educator for the past 30 years. He attended Parsons School of Design, which had the first Masters of Lighting Design program in the country, studying under Jim Nuckolls (of Nuckolls Fund fame). He then worked as a lighting designer, originally with Jim Nuckolls and later running his own firm. He has designed the lighting for a wide variety of projects, including commercial, institutional, museum, retail, historical, residential, exteriors, and special-use spaces. He has completed projects not only in the New York City metropolitan area but nationally and internationally as well. Some of his more noteworthy projects include a NYC townhouse for Mick Jagger, relighting of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in South Boston, renovation of an historic building on the site of a Vanderbilt mansion, and an office building in Singapore.

Steve is an LC (Lighting Certified by the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions). He has been a corporate member of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD, and is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA). Before moving to San Francisco, he was the Northeast Regional Vice President for IESNA. He serves on the Energy Management committee of the IESNA, which, jointly with the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), updates national energy codes (ASHRAE 90.1). He has also been a member of the IESNA Quality of the Visual Environment committee, which helps to establish light level recommendations. Additionally, he is an EPA Green Lights "Surveyor Ally" and an AIA Registered Provider.

He has been on the faculty of several New York City area design schools and has been a guest instructor of lighting at Penn State University. He was a Contributing Editor of Building Operating Management magazine and has written several articles about lighting. He won an IALD award for lighting the Palm House at Dowling College and an Electric Power Research Institute award for Brower Commons at Rutgers University. Steve has given workshops at LightFair entitled "Energy Saving Lighting," "Interpreting Photometrics," "Understanding Indoor Photometric Reports," and "Wiring and Programming Lighting Controls." He was a speaker at Lux Pacifica in New Delhi, India. Steve is also a private pilot.

Resources EDR Design Briefs: Efficient Lighting Systems
PG&E Resource: Large Business Energy Management Solutions and Incentives: Solutions designed for your industry segment.
PG&E Resource: Small and Medium Business Energy Management Solutions and Incentives
PG&E Third Party Incentive: High Performance Office Lighting by Sylvania Lighting Services
Cost No fee for this program
Credits AIA: 0 (HSW)

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