School and Educational facilities present some of the greatest opportunities for environmental friendly, energy efficient design and for important health benefits. Backed by his sensitivity toward these issues, Dr. Grayson has received 10 awards for energy and lighting on his work in educational facilities.
By their very nature schools must serve a broad range of ages, functions, and people. Active solar, passive solar, solar lighting (i.e., daylighting), daylight-harvesting, electric lighting, and automatic or manual controls can each have a role to play. Energy-efficiency must be coordinated with physiologically- and psychologically-supportive facilities, but when done well research has shown significant benefits to physiological health, psychological well-being, and academic performance.
Dr. Grayson has had the good fortune (and the good clients) that have enabled him to conduct a variety of different types of experimental studies on schools such as - passive solar controls and daylight harvesting; combined effects of occupants user patterns and technology on energy consumption; and the effects of different types of fluorescent light on visual comfort. Perhaps just as fortunate, I’ve been able to execute many studies (including research studies that formed his doctoral dissertation) with material contributions from utility companies as well as manufacturers of different types of lighting equipment. Lessons learned from these studies produced changes, innovations, and significant savings for my clients - along with environments that served the needs of the facilities.
Good science can and should be used to provide good outcomes. Although awards and publications are not the goal, they can provide clients with the support they may need to help ensure their constituents know and understand the benefits and the value of the design solutions provided. Findings from experimental research conducted at my clients’ schools have been published in publications for and/or presented at conferences to the American Solar Energy Society, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, and the Council of Educational Planners International.