The Lighting Control Innovation Award was created in 2011 as part of the Illuminating Engineering Society’s Illumination Awards program, which recognizes professionalism, ingenuity and originality in lighting design. LCA is proud to sponsor the Lighting Control Innovation Award, which recognizes projects that exemplify the effective use of lighting controls in nonresidential applications.
This month, we will explore the role that lighting controls play in the sustainable design of the new headquarters of an engineering and lighting design firm. Lighting control design by Eileen Thomas and Brad Nelson, lighting designers for StudioK1, and Ron Zawadzki, lighting designer for tk1sc. Photography by Brad Nelson. Lighting controls by Crestron.
A multidisciplinary engineering and lighting design firm’s new sustainable headquarters integrates state-of-the-art control systems. The project utilizes networked lighting controls with occupancy sensing, daylight harvesting and local control stations that afford flexibility while contributing to a highly efficient, user-controllable lighting system. On-board metering allows the display of energy consumption data and provides user control all via web interface. This added intelligence allowed for simple integration with a building management system which displays an overall energy profile for the space. Occupancy status was leveraged to control HVAC and temperature settings for additional energy savings.
Commissioning became a “ladderless” process which sped project delivery as opposed to more traditional, time consuming methods involving light meters, ladders and handheld power meters.
The central corridor features cylinders, which are supported by a central emergency inverter precluding the need for local test switches in a nearby ceiling, contributing to the clean look of the space.
Working within a budget, controls integration with the AV systems was provided in the larger conferencing and meeting spaces to allow users to configure AV systems, teleconferencing, laptop inputs, lighting and temperature from a simple touch panel. For smaller rooms a local preset control station was used to keep the project within budget.
Every space within the facility has occupancy sensors and relies on a minimalist approach to illumination to drive energy consumption to a minimum.
The open office has multiple control zones of daylight harvesting.
The large divisible break room can be divided into a conference room and a kitchen/dining area, triggering independent control of the lighting, HVAC, and AV systems.
Although every source within the facility is LED, demonstrating to clients and collaborators the efficiency and aesthetic potential of the technology, the project also showcases the advantages of sophisticated control systems to dramatically reduce energy usage.