The mission of the Lighting (Natural Electrical) Center of Expertise in Sustainability (CXS) is to provide guidance on how to better utilize daylighting and lighting strategies and technologies to assist with the design and construction of high performance sustainable and energy efficient buildings. Next to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, lighting is the second largest component of a building's energy consumption. Incorporating efficient lighting and daylighting strategies in our facilities will reduce energy consumption. Daylighting and electrical lighting systems are an important part of the building's energy model and must be examined thoroughly during the design process.
The Lighting CXS also provides technical guidance on how to utilize commercially available lighting (daylighting and electrical lighting) software for developing lighting models and simulations to determine the most efficient lighting strategies in achieving a high performance sustainable building.