There's nothing like seeing for believing. Demonstration sites, tours and case studies are some of the ways that the Collaborative helps people see the principles of cool daylighting in action.
Experience daylit buildings by taking these on-line tours. In order to view them, you need to have the free Flash plug-in installed on your computer (visit the Macromedia download page and follow the instructions).
The biggest barrier to daylighting (or anything new) is fear of the unknown. Buildings cost too much to be experimental. The purpose of demonstration sites is to display simple, repeatable models of success. The sites represent a "catalog" of effective, straightforward solutions that may be selected and copied for common daylighting applications. These sites are the cornerstones of the "why-do" and "how-to" activities of the Daylighting Collaborative.
As the sites progress, photographs, design information, and product information will be used to create case studies. In addition, information on visiting the sites will be provided.
Site Locations:Several of the demonstration sites listed below are linked to separate documents containing exterior and/or interior photographs.
- Affiliated Engineers, Madison, WI: Commercial Office (rooms)
- Alliant Energy, Madison, WI: Commercial Office Building (PDF, 221K)
- Andersen Windows, Menomonie, WI: Commercial Office, Industrial Production (PDF, 210K)
- Appleton School District, Appleton, WI: Schools (classrooms) (PDF, 386K)
- Department of Administration, Madison, WI: Commercial Office (rooms)
- Encapsulated Seed Company (ENCAP), Green Bay, WI: Commercial Office Building (PDF, 118K)
- Hoffman Corporation, Appleton, WI: Commercial Office Building (PDF, 219K)
- Milwaukee Public School District, Milwaukee, WI: Schools (classrooms—under construction) (PDF, 228K)
- UW-La Crosse, La Crosse, WI: Commercial Office Building (under construction)
- John J. Flynn Elementary School, Eau Claire, WI: School Building (under construction)
The Daylighting Collaborative is actively seeking sites for commercial offices and classrooms, both for retrofit and new construction. If you have a suggestion for a potential demonstration room site, please contact Abby Vogen at 608.238.8276 x122 or email@example.com.
Please use the following general criteria:
- Site must be a school or office building located in Wisconsin.
- Site must be owned/used by someone who will allow outsiders to visit at predetermined times. We prefer building owners who would be excited about showcasing sustainable design and daylighting at their site. (For instance, maybe a school board would want to do a few demonstration classrooms to see how daylighting might work on the next school they build in their district.)
- Owner/user must be willing to cost share a modest part of the design, materials and installation. Owner/user will probably be responsible for installation costs, including permitting, insurance and labor.
- Site must have a good appearance and be in good general repair.
Specific criteria exist for office and school buildings (PDF, 104K).
ProfilesThese one-page overviews present photographs, statistics, and sustainable design characteristics for a variety of buildings:
- Athena Building, Madison, WI (PDF, 127K)
- Chilton High School, Chilton, WI (PDF, 127K)
- Oscar J. Boldt Construction, Stevens Point, WI (PDF, 109K)
- Schlitz-Audubon Nature Center, Milwaukee, WI (PDF, 126K)
- Thrivent Financial Bank, Appleton, WI (PDF, 167K)
- TomoTherapy Building, Madison, WI (PDF, 134K)
- 8020 Financial Centre, Madison, WI (PDF, 124K)