This talk provides an overview of the current research projects at LIPID and the necessity for performance-integrated design in today’s urge for energy-efficient, human-responsive living spaces. Within the overall framework of promoting linkages between the engineering and design fields, new approaches in research and education that are being developed to better integrate building performance considerations in the architectural design process are discussed, with a strategic focus on daylighting. LIPID’s research areas range from new façade technologies to interactive visualization methods or climate-based performance metrics with a common overarching goal of promoting energy-efficiency and human comfort and health within buildings. Ongoing projects include new calculation methods, evaluation tools, instruments and metrics that aim to support this integration effort in the course as well as the lab environments.