Technical Assistance


The Integrated Design Lab (IDL) transfers the findings of its research through guidance and technical assistance to leading building industry partners. As consultants to project teams across North America, the IDL provides guidance through its advanced modeling and monitoring capabilities in building energy use, integrated design thinking, integrated lighting, daylighting, heating, passive systems, ventilating and air conditioning systems. These advanced design and engineering skills are transferred to its building industry partners through the delivery of radically more sustainable buildings and communities.

The IDL has formed a strategic alliances with the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, utility partners, and leading design teams to realize the world’s highest performing buildings. Our expertise lies in identifying design opportunities and providing realization of the most ambitious project goals. This includes goal setting, energy strategy development, daylighting design guidance/simulation and whole building energy modeling. Our team works with design and ownership teams on new construction and deep renovation projects with an emphasis on commercial, education, and healthcare facilities.

Projects where the IDL had a substantial role in technical assistance design have won numerous national and regional awards including: six national AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top 10 Awards since 2005, and in the last year an AIA National COTE award, four Seattle Chapter AIA awards and three AIA Northwest and Pacific Regional Awards.

If you are interested in talking to us about our Technical Consulting Capabilities, please contact Christopher Meek or Heather Burpee.

New Construction & Deep Renovations

Our team’s approach is to guide design and ownership teams in performance-based decision making that results in the development of high performance integrated energy design. The process involves energy goal setting, development of strategies to achieve those goals, energy modeling to provide quantitative calculation of energy performance, cost estimating to document first cost impacts of energy strategies, and analysis of the cost-effectiveness of the high performance design strategies. Working with design and ownership teams, incentives for energy performance can be captured from the utility companies, making high performance design solutions even more cost effective.

To deliver energy design guidance and technical assistance that bridges the disciplinary silos of architecture and engineering practice, the UW IDL has developed a strategic relationship with SOLARC Engineering and Energy + Architectural Consulting.

Through this partnership we offer:

  • Energy Efficiency Opportunities Design Review
  • Integrated Energy Concept Design Assistance
  • Comprehensive Integrated Energy Design Assistance and Project Leadership
  • Post-occupancy Measurement and Verification Activities
  • Analysis and Maximization of Utility and Other Incentive Programs

The UWIDL/SOLARC team has extensive experience assisting design teams in developing high performing buildings. The IDL/SOLARC team are nationally recognized experts in energy performance and apply their prior and experience and knowledge to future projects. The IDL/SOLARC team is an experienced leader in the area of Integrated Design, an approach that gives the potential to deliver high performance, often independent of project capital cost. Our experience in the Puget Sound includes connections with the electric and gas utilities that are often external partners for incentive programs.

If you are interested in talking to us about our Technical Consulting Capabilities, please contact Christopher Meek or Heather Burpee.

Daylighting and Lighting

The Integrated Design Lab provides daylighting, shading, and integrated lighting design assistance and research at all phases of the project delivery process from conceptual design through post-occupancy evaluation and retrofits. We have experience on a broad range of building types including commercial, institutional, educational and industrial projects. We have extensive expertise in conceptualization and development of daylighting design in buildings, and have experience helping design teams meet the most aspirational experiential goals and most demanding energy targets in buildings.

Our capabilities include simulation and analysis of both instantaneous and annual daylighting performance and electric lighting and controls integration as well as with the design and simulation of dynamic shading and glare control systems. The lab maintains an extensive library of glazing and material samples, light redirecting technology, window coverings, and solar control products.

Below is a list of daylighting design assistance services provided by the Lab:

  • Climate Analysis
  • Programming for daylighting and glare control
  • Daylighting concept development
  • Building massing and orientation analysis
  • Exterior shading analysis
  • Interior planning and organization
  • Digital and physical modeling and testing
  • Interior daylight simulations
  • Electric lighting integration
  • Project accreditation and certification

The IDL’s daylighting design assistance can be delivered as a stand alone service to a project team or be seamlessly integrated into the broader suite of IDL services. Examples of the IDL’s daylighting projects can be seen here.

If you are interested in talking to us about our Technical Consulting Capabilities, please contact Christopher Meek.

Our Daylighting Facilities

The Daylighting Lab conducts theoretical and applied design research using advanced techniques in physical and digital simulation. Our facility includes a tilting earth heliodon, mirror-box overcast sky simulator, along with an array of digital simulation tools, photometric measuring equipment, data acquisition systems and tools for specialized photography. The heliodon and mirror-box simulator are available to design and engineering professionals as well as UW students as design decision-making resources.

We believe that daylight should be the primary source of illumination in all commercial and institutional buildings today. Buildings illuminated with daylight can provide healthier and higher-quality indoor environments for building occupants while meeting the demands of a low carbon future. Daylight-illuminated buildings have been shown to increase individual productivity and human comfort, promote healing, and provide the mental and visual stimulation necessary for the proper regulation of human brain chemistry.

Since its inception, the Lab has provided design assistance and project-based research on hundreds of major building projects across North America and internationally, including numerous  including five AIA National Top Ten Green Projects Award winners.

The lab’s work has been funded by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, the New Buildings Institute, the National Science Foundation, and partner design & ownership teams.

Existing Buildings

We partner with SOLARC Engineering and Energy+Architectural Consulting to provide energy monitoring and auditing of existing buildings with an aim to provide owners with actionable plans for deepening the energy performance of their facilities. This includes energy and systems metering, sub-metering, weather data analytics, and operations and maintenance (O&M) evaluation and recommendations. Additionally, we offer services for energy coaching to assist owners and their teams in kick-starting energy conservation recommendations and persisting in energy savings over time.

If you are interested in talking to us about our Technical Consulting Capabilities, please contact Heather Burpee.

Industry Collaborators

Selected Project Experience