July/August 2019

Concentration at the Push of a Button

So, for all the talk of color tuning, does it exist? It does, but sometimes you have to go far afield, say Denmark, and the Herstedlund Primary School. There, after the bell rings, fourth-year students take their seats for the first lesson—not so different than schools around the world. However, when teachers in these classrooms flick the switch, a very different experience follows. Light, more like daylight, floods the classroom, creating a more pleasant atmosphere. Thanks to Zumtobel’s Active Lighting system, teachers have a choice of four pre-programmed lighting “moods,” in line with the precepts of human-centric lighting. In this case, dimmable, and color-tunable

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Focus on People, Productivity

At Lightfair, Lutron launched its HXL platform to support human centric lighting, which according to the company, should promote comfort, enable enhanced well-being, and foster engagement. HXL combines four elements: quality light, natural light, connection to the outdoors and adaptive and personalized control. The system’s approach for addressing natural light, of course, is a combination that maximizes daylight with dynamic shading solutions, while also incorporating color tuning via its Ketra line. The company’s office of the future demo, which took visitors through the changing light in the course of a typical work day, was impressive. 

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Noctambule LED Dimmable Pendant Light Tall Cylinders

They’re So Glassy

German industrial designer Konstantin Grcic created his Noctambule fixtures from basic modules of simple glass cylinders. The handblown modules can be combined to create chandeliers, pendants and table lamps, with LED lighting elements hidden away at the connection points.

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A Long Way from Metal Halide

Another outstanding project from this year’s batch of IALD awards was the lighting design for the Scottish Parliament Debating Chamber in Edinburgh. By KSLD | EFLA Lighting Design, the soft light from new bespoke led fixtures lends a healthy glow to parliamentarians. Judges called these fixtures a “technically brilliant solution” as how to light a room that functions effectively as a TV studio and an accessible public space.The first step was eliminating the old metal-halide lights as they were expensive, difficult to maintain and obsolete. New HDTV cameras require upgraded lighting to meet broadcasting standards. With a mere six weeks to develop and install the lighti

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About Face

New 800 Series Spin-Glas duct and equipment insulation is a rigid-board insulation with polypropylene-coated facing that allows it to be wiped down, allowing better cleanability. The facing also meets the highest rating requirements for low-permeable vapor retarders. 

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Three Techs in One

Juno’s new AI Speaker Light with Alexa Built-In combines JBL speakers and Alexa voice-control technology with LED downlighting for truly connected lighting. The 6-in. standard fixture size is designed for both retrofit and new construction. A companion AI downlight without the speaker can be controlled by either the speaker fixture or other Amazon Echo devices. 

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Wall Fashion

Verçade Wall Fashion from Metroflor is comprised of authentic visuals in vinyl composite planks and tiles, and it offers the high-end style of natural stone and hardwood for interior walls at a more budget-friendly price when compared to reclaimed wood or ceramic tile. It provides limitless design possibilities for a wide range of commercial installations. Lightweight, durable and high-performing, it is also easy to clean and maintain with fast installation and little downtime.

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Smooth Solution

SmartSide engineered wood siding has been offered a cedar texture for several years, and now a new smooth texture has been added to the lineup. SmartSide Smooth Trim & Siding is manufactured using the same zinc borate-based process, enabling performance through a range of severe weather conditions. Color options vary by region, and the material can be pre-primed for painting. 

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Solar Appeal

The Snap-Clad 24-gauge panels in Weathered Zinc added to the farmhouse-styled design on this Chicago residence by Evanston, Ill.-based Kipnis Architecture + Planning. Standing-seam metal roofing provided an easy attachment option for rooftop solar panels. The seams allowed for solar panels to be clamped into place without need for roofing penetration.

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Tallest Passive House Building Features Unique Colored Facade

As the tallest passive house building in the world at 26 stories, The House at Cornell Tech, designed by Handel Architects, features an innovative system of prefabricated metal panels. Triple-pane windows, mineral wool insulation and air and vapor barriers were factory-sealed into large, single-story curtainwall assemblies and then hoisted on to the building as fully integrated units. The super-tight insulation, combined with highly efficient heating, cooling and fresh-air circulation systems, reduces energy consumption by 70%, as compared to conventional designs.To really make the design pop, Handel worked with PPG to custom color the façade with Duranar MXL coatings. “We were lo

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