The Boston Section has an active calendar that includes various educational courses as well as multiple opportunities to network and socialize with industry peers.
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August 31 – September 4, 2020
The Illuminating Engineering Society’s Annual Conference (August 24 – 28, 2020 and August 31 – September 4, 2020) provides a range of educational programming on the art, design, science, and research of lighting relevant to lighting professionals, educators, and related design disciplines. The 2020 Annual Conference has been moved to a virtual setting due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As always, professional education is paramount, with a broad selection of CEU credits available through participation at the conference.
IES’s priority is the health and safety of the lighting community, including our members, staff, supporters, vendors and volunteers. As the COVID-19 pandemic continued to unfold, it became clear that in the face of an unprecedented situation, we needed to make tough choices. While it took longer than expected to reach a resolution, we believe that this was handled with the precision necessary to preserve the well-being of the Society while creating an opportunity for success both in the present and future.
DATES: August 24th – August 28th and August 31st – September 4th
TIMES: Official times to be determined, but there will be two blocks of sessions each day.
IES MEMBER REGISTRATION: $249*
NON-MEMBER REGISTRATION: $349
* There will be reduced rates for Emerging Professionals (EPs) and Student members, but we encourage you to wait on registering for the conference until we announce the benefits of the EP Program for this year.
The virtual Annual Conference will have sessions that will be held August 24th – August 28th and August 31st – September 4th. By providing a schedule that offers content across these two weeks, registrants will be able to attend all sessions and not have to choose between different tracks.
Despite the disruption we are facing, the IES is excited to bring you the opportunity to participate in the Annual Conference without having to leave your workspace. We will leverage our technology to disseminate valuable, relevant and timely content. We hope that you find this virtual Annual Conference insightful, beneficial, and of the quality that you have come to expect from the IES.
More information, such as agenda, speakers, and more will be made available shortly.
Please note, if you previously registered for the 2020 Annual Conference, your payment has been refunded. Those that have booked their rooms at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, the hotel will cancel your room reservation on your behalf.
Please join the IES Boston and Rhode Island Section for a presentation by Shahrzad Abtahi and Caitlin Toczko on specifying light fixtures for WELL projects. As members of the lighting community, we keep hearing about the WELL standard. There has been an explosion of interest in the idea of buildings as health intervention tools. This new standard focusing on human health crossed the 205 million square feet threshold for registered and certified projects in 39 countries around the world and it is becoming a popular trend in the building industry.
One chapter of the WELL standard is dedicated to lighting. It provides guidelines for minimizing disturbance to human body’s circadian system, increasing productivity and providing appropriate visual acuity. The new version of WELL (i.e., V2) provides more flexibility and options for lighting designer to illuminate a “WELL lit” space.
WELL defines new standards for visual comfort and it adapts new metrics for circadian rhythm lighting. Achieving these goals would only be possible by specifying pertinent products for each application. Although these guidelines are fairly straightforward, and it’s been about 1 year since the release of V2, it seems that gathering all required data is not easily feasible for lighting designers. Despite the high demand, many lighting manufactures don’t provide all the required information that lighting designers need for specifying right fixtures for WELL projects.
This seminar gives an overview of the lighting requirements in WELL standard and will focus on key factors that lighting designers need to consider before specifying lighting fixtures. It provides practical recommendations and strategies for both lighting designers and manufacturers who are interested in WELL or are working on a project pursuing WELL certification.
Shahrzad Abtahi is the director of lighting design at Lightcraft and she is the head of Lighting Group at Boston’s office. She was one of the first lighting designers to earn WELL accreditation and teaches lighting and design courses at Suffolk University and Boston Architectural College. She is a frequent speaker at multiple lighting and architectural conferences throughout the country. In march 2018, Shahrzad was named as one of North America’s top 40 under 40 lighting designers under 40 by lighting magazine.
Caitlin Toczko is a senior lighting designer and project manager with Lightcraft. Her work includes ambitious WELL and LEED projects for Yale, UConn, Fairfield University, Mathworks, WorkBar and Delos. Caitlin holds an M.S. in Architectural Sciences with a Concentration in Lighting from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is an associate member of the International Association of Lighting Designers and a professional member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.
The IES Street & Area Lighting Conference is the only conference of its kind dedicated to improving the outdoor lighting business of electric utilities and energy service companies. We continue to provide an open forum for end-users facing the same questions regarding relevant products for specific application, lighting controls, benchmarks from other users in the lighting community, and milestones reached by municipalities, utilities and DOT’s. We strive to maintain a small community feel, creating a great opportunity to network with industry peers through seminars with speaker Q+A, breakout sessions to discuss issues in-depth, an exhibit hall and many networking events with speakers and peers in a comfortable and open atmosphere.
Despite the disruption we are facing, the IES is excited to bring you the opportunity to participate in the SALC without having to leave your workspace. We will leverage our technology to disseminate valuable, relevant and timely content. We hope you find this virtual conference insightful, beneficial, and of the quality that you have come to expect from the IES.
DATES: October 26 – October 28, 2020
IES MEMBER REGISTRATION: $299*
NON-MEMBER REGISTRATION: $399
* There will be reduced rates for Emerging Professionals (EPs) and Student members
During this COVID-19 Pandemic, facility owners and managers have sought solutions for making their buildings safe for occupants. Germicidal ultraviolet lighting (GUV) has been understood as an effective disinfectant since the 1930s, and recent research has confirmed that the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19 is effectively made inactive with UV-C light. The biggest issue is how best to harness GUV light to fight this pandemic and the spread of the virus. What is the role of GUV light to protect human health in buildings?
A panel of experts will present the benefits and challenges of GUV lighting from the perspective of scientific research, real-world applications and GUV lighting manufacturer. This presentation will answer critical questions regarding GUV lighting including: What are the best applications of GUV in buildings? How is GUV light disinfection effectiveness measured? What is the most effective GUV spectral range for fighting COVID-19? Should lighting designers implement GUV lighting into their designs? What are the right specification requirements for GUV lighting?
Lighting Research Center
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Steve Di Giacomo, PE, CEM, BCxP, GBE
Commissioning, Energy & UVGI Dosing Engineer at EMA
Energy Management Associates, Inc.
Manager, Training and Curriculum Development
Lighting Solution Center
Edward Bartholomew, IALD, LC, LEED AP
Announcements: (5 minutes)
Alexandra Gadawski, IES Boston Section President
Intro: (10 minutes)
Panelist One: (15 minutes)
Panelist Two(15 minutes)
Steve Di Giacomo
Panelist Three (15 minutes)
Q&A (15 to 30 minutes)
This session is approved for 1 LU AIA/HSW with the following learning objectives:
- 1. Understand the role of Germicidal ultraviolet lighting as a disinfectant.
- 2. Review the issues around harnessing GUV to limit the spread of Covid-19.
- 3. Learn the appropriate applications of GUV and understand how disinfection effectiveness is measured.
- 4. Discuss which GUV spectral range is appropriate for limiting the spread of Covid-19 and the specification requirements.
A link to sign up for the credit will be provided during the Q&A portion of the session.
 C.S. Heilingloh et al. / American Journal of Infection Control 00 (2020) 1-3
When it comes to the lighting design process, even seasoned professionals may not always be aware of all those involved outside of their own industry. From architects and engineers to manufacturers, distributors, product reps, and contractors—lighting design involves the expertise of numerous professionals across all fields. Ensuring successful lighting design means ensuring that all players involved are aware of what others are contributing at what stage of the process. “Demystifying” the roles, value, and expectations of all involved opens the door for more effective communication and specifications—critical to the delivery of a successful project that is consistent with the original design intentions. This workshop aims to equip both emerging and seasoned professionals with a better understanding of the process, greater confidence in their interactions with others involved, and a clear path to improving the specifications they provide.