What is the NLITED project?
New Level of Integrated TEchniques for Daylighting education (NLITED) is an educational project that aims to improve le knowledge on daylighting of both students and professional of the building sector.
The European Union funds the NLITED project through a strategic partnership of the Erasmus+ programme. Four universities from different European countries carrying out its implementation.
• University of Niccolò Cusano – Italy
• Danmarks Tekniske Universitet – Denmark
• Politechnika Gdańska – Poland
• Lunds Universitet – Sweden
There is also a network of associated partners in all four countries involved.
What is Erasmus+?
From 2014, Erasmus+ does not only provide mobility opportunities for students. By combining seven previous programmes, it has opportunities for a wide variety of individuals (students, staff, trainees, teachers, volunteers, youth and workers) and organisations.
There are several funding opportunities within Erasmus+
- Key Action 1: Learning mobility of individuals
- Key Action 2: Innovation and good practices
- Key Action 3: Support for policy reform
- Jean Monnet
The NLITED project is covered by Key Action 2, which aims to develop the education, training and youth sectors through various activities, including strategic partnerships.
Strategic Partnerships are transnational projects designed to develop and share innovative practices and promote cooperation, peer learning, and exchanges of experiences in the fields of education, training, and youth.
Daylighting is a multidisciplinary field in building industry with undeniable benefits for occupants’ health and energy saving. The lack of daylight has severe health and psychological consequences, while excessive exposure to artificial light has a potentially harmful role in circadian rhythm. For these reasons, proper integration of daylight and concerning electric light is sensitised by the newly approved EU standards on daylight (CEN/TC 169 “Light and Lighting” scope).
However, as several studies have shown, there is a large knowledge gap for students and construction professionals. In particular, DAYKE research is analysing precisely the shortcomings of the European education system in this area.
As a result, there is a tendency to use design strategies with low awareness of environmental effects (e.g. overheating, energy-intensive buildings, human distress, etc.).
What is DAYKE research?
DAYKE (Daylighitng Knowledge in Europe) is a scientific research that aims to analyses the level of knowledge on daylighitng subjects across Europe. There is a mutual exchange of data and information between the scientific research DAYKE and the educational project NLITED.
The DAYKE project involves universities from nine European countries: Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
For more information on DAYKE project: link
What is the NLITED training proposal?
NLITED offers an educational package based on modular teaching (eModules) through an online platform and an intensive study programme (ISP) in the form of a summer school. The ePlatform will contain theoretical knowledge, while the summer school will be used for in-depth applied training.
The educational path is personalised and tailored to the needs of each participant. In other words, the eModules are all independent of each other, because they aim to fill the individual knowledge gaps.
Topics will range from the history of daylight in architecture to daylighting design, from environmental comfort aspects (visual and thermal) to non-visual components of light, from parametric simulation systems of indoor lighting conditions to energy saving calculations, from the design of the transparent building envelope to components for the transport of indoor natural light.