Daylighting Innovations is a sustainable design engineering consultant firm in Lafayette, Colorado. Founded in 2010 as a sustainable design outlet by Zack Rogers. Zack's interest in sustainability and the built environment was instilled at an early age. After finishing his Architectural Engineering degree at the University of Colorado in Boulder with a focus on sustainability in general and lighting design, Zack joined Architectural Energy Corporation (AEC) and their sustainable design assistance (SDA) group in early 2000. While with the SDA group, Zack gained experience with sustainable and energy efficient building design and engineering practices. During this time, Zack developed a daylighting team within the SDA group that while providing sustainable design consulting had a stronger focus on daylighting analysis and design. Zack led this team, growing the group to 4 people, until the summer of 2008.
While working with AEC, Zack helped develop the award winning LightLouver daylighting system and commercialize the product by establishing LightLouver LLC in 2004. Zack provides technical support and development services for this company since its inception and managed the day-to-day business activities from 2004-2007.
While working at AEC, Zack developed the award winning Sensor Placement + Optimization Tool (SPOT) software aimed at bridging the gaps between good daylighting design and intent and the electric lighting and controls design ("Daylight Harvesting"). SPOT continues to be developed with the latest version 4.2 released in June of 2011 and new version under development.
After AEC, Zack joined the sustainably-minded electrical and lighting design firm Integrated Design Associates, Inc (IDeAs - now part of Integral Group) based out of San Jose, CA with the interest of gaining more experience providing design engineering services and integrating daylighting design with electric lighting and control design. For 2 years Zack established and co-managed the Colorado office for IDeAs working on a number of highly sustainable, zero-energy projects throughout California and in Colorado.
Daylighting Innovations, LLC was formed in 2010 to provide innovative daylighting analysis and design services to project teams in a flexible and integrated way. Since its inception, Daylighting Innovations has been involved in commercial daylighting projects around the country and a variety of daylighting research activities. Zack has remained involved in various professional activities over the years including Illumination Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) daylighting committees and Collaborative for High Performance Schools committees.
In January of 2012, Daylighting Innovations, LLC established headquarters in beautiful downtown Lafayette. Along with this move, Zack began teaching as an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder: a graduate level course on Daylighting in the Architectural, Civil and Environmental Engineering department of the Engineering School.