To conserve energy and use it as efficiently as possible, the Palm Desert Health Sciences Building was designed to take advantage of indirect, diffused natural daylight to all occupied spaces while keeping out desert sun and heat. The size and shape of windows, overhangs and vertical fins, and tubular skylights all contribute to this feature.
Electrical lighting is provided by energy efficient flourescent lamps. Ceiling mounted photo sensors dim electric lights when natural daylight is adequate. The building's lighting system consumes 20 percent fewer watts per square foot than a baseline code-compliant building.