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Focal Point Releases New AIA-Accredited Course

CHICAGO—With the growing trend toward more human-centric designs in the commercial marketplace, Focal Point is providing the architecture and design community a tool to better understand how technology allows the quality of light to be tailored to human preference.

The AIA-accredited course, Advancing Light Quality for Human Preference and Well-Being, is worth 1.5 Learning Units for Health Safety and Welfare in architecture (LU/HSW). It explores the evolution of light sources and how, over time, gains in light source efficacy have not necessarily translated into gains in light quality. The course also reviews recent studies as they relate to human preference lighting and key metrics used to assess the quality of light sources, including the most recent technical memorandum released by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), TM-30-18.

“The technology available to us today means we can expand beyond the norm for commercial space lighting. For many years, most of the attention has been directed at delivering more lumens per watt,” said Matthew Blakeley, Vice President – Product and Business Development at Focal Point, LLC.

“When it comes to designing interior spaces,” continued Blakeley, “we should be addressing the quality of light as it relates to human preference factors. As the efficacy of LEDs reaches a plateau, the latest research on color preference and new test methods are converging, providing a scientific foundation and the tools to assess light quality, making it an increasingly relevant and timely topic.”

Building certifications, such as the WELL Building Standard, are also contributing to an increased awareness of the importance of balancing human health and well-being with efficiency and sustainability, with a holistic formula that leads to improvements in employee productivity, engagement, and retention.

The accredited course is available through The Continuing Architect (TCA) website or it can be found on the Focal Point website in the Resources section under Continuing Education.

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