Daylight Design- Beyond the Curtain Wall

Full price: $134.00
Member: $100.00


Course outline
Course structure and materials
Length of course
CPD hours
Learning outcome
Competency standards

Course outline

Area limits on external façade glazing and skylights in Section J of the BCA are making it increasingly difficult for architects to bring natural light into their buildings. With these limitations on glazed area, designers need to better understand daylighting principles in order to tap into the multiple benefits of natural light.

Related EDG note: ‘NCC Section J and Commercial Building Facade Design – 2016 update’ by Michael Shaw.

AACA Competency: Design


Michael Shaw: Manager ESD, Connor Pincus Group

Michael Shaw is ESD Manager in the Melbourne-based building services consultancy Connor Pincus Group. Educated in both engineering and architecture, he has significant experience in the application of environmental rating systems. His analysis of the draft BCA2010 Section J glazing requirements informed the Australian Institute of Architects’ response to the public consultation process.

Course structure and materials

  • Audio-visual Flash presentation
  • Formal assessment

    Length of course

    2 hours

    Continuing professional development hours


    2 formal Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points.

    Learning outcome

    After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Learn how to develop Section J compliant building designs informed by principles of effective daylighting
  • Explain to your clients the documented benefits of natural daylight in spaces
  • Apply the physics of visible light and design principles for glare-free and heat-free natural light ingress
  • Recall project case studies of notable daylight buildings and advanced daylighting technologies

    National Competency Standards in Architecture



    Full Price $134.00
    Member $100.00
    Practice Membership / A+ $91.00
    Graduate Member $91.00
    SONA Member (student) $51.00

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