Heschong received her Master of Architecture at MIT in 1978; her thesis was the basis of a book of classic essays, Thermal Delight in Architecture. She spent the next 15 years specializing in passive solar design before founding the Heschong Mahone Group in 1993, based in Sacramento. She has since been focusing on daylight, a design element that can improve the health of occupants and the environment. She worked with Laurence Berkeley Laboratories to develop another book – Residential Windows: A Guide to New Technologies and Energy Performance (VW Norton) – and has co-authored the Advanced Lighting Guidelines, the CHPS Best Practices Manual, and the Skylighting Guidelines, three web-based publications. Heschong has led ten studies that have established the energy and human benefits of daylighting, including the landmark 1999 study showing a link between test scores and daylight in classrooms. Heschong serves on the Board of Directors of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America and as chair of the Daylighting Metrics committee.
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