Light-Manipulating Materials: Engaging, Biophilic, & Sustainable

Light-Manipulating Materials: Engaging, Biophilic, & Sustainable

1.5 hour CEU, AIA & IDCEC HSW credit; 1.0 hour GBCI credit


Light-manipulating materials use internal channels to capture, bend, scatter, and redirect light and create visually stunning spaces. Panels and slabs in resin, glass, and terrazzo make an experiential surface for privacy screens or signage, primary or accent lighting, and countertops or flooring—anywhere the interplay of light and shadow is desired for beauty and inspiration. This course describes the different types of light-manipulating materials and substrates, design and installation options, and the contributions of these products to sustainability goals as well as occupant health, well-being, and engagement in a wide range of dynamic, unique applications.

Learning Objectives

  1. Compare and contrast light-filtering, light-emitting, and interactive light-manipulating materials in terms of how they capture, bend, and redirect light from ambient sources with no power needed or with energy-efficient LEDs.
  2. Explain how materials maximize light while reducing glare, extend light deeper into and distribute it within a space, provide privacy without seclusion, and operate as energy-efficient primary or accent lighting.
  3. Discuss the performance and sustainability attributes of resin, glass, and terrazzo substrates as durable, low-emitting materials with preferable life cycle impacts.
  4. Describe how light-manipulating materials incorporate biophilic design to create engaging spaces that can contribute to occupant well-being by reducing stress and enhancing mood, cognitive performance, and emotions.