I don’t envy architects today. The combination of new technology and continuous overall building system innovations, makes it difficult to stay on top of things. Indeed, it’s hard enough to master the delivery of buildings and spaces that provide both energy efficiency and occupant comfort, and add new tech to the mix. This, of course, is the challenge, in that many owners and clients are excited about big buzz words in the industry, particularly those associated with lighting: IOT, POE, LiFi, color tuning and human-centric lighting, etc.
On top of all this, the promise of LED has finally come to fruition, in not just energy-efficient and longer-lasting fixtures, but slim, even sculptural, luminaires, that in some cases, are works of art, and certainly can become the focal point of a given space. I have to look no further than one of the winners in this year’s International Assn. of Lighting Designers annual awards, and Scotland’s parliament. Already a beautiful wood-clad space, the chamber really comes alive now that utilitarian high-bay metal-halide fixtures have been replaced by aethereal things of beauty. You’ll find that project as well as few other solutions that caught our eye below.
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An 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.
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.
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.
Lights on, curiosity, go! At the Herstedlund School in Denmark, “active light” accompanies teachers and students throughout the day. Its users say it promotes concentration, increases efficiency and boosts relaxation, creating moods that complement the desired situation.
While Azon does not make windows, the company does offer turnkey technology for the manufacture of polyurethane polymer thermal barrier aluminum fenestration. Using thermal barriers to improve energy savings in the window assembly helps manufacturers meet strict energy codes and standards worldwide, ranging from monumental architectural to residential aluminum window classes. The newest ultra-performance Azo-Core high-density foam thermal barrier by Azon contains the best combination of energy efficiency and the highest shear strength of all thermal barriers used in the most demanding climates and conditions.
Extend the life of aged roofs with Garland’s LiquiTec fluid-applied waterproofing system built to form a virtually impenetrable surface over modified bitumen, metal and single-ply systems for years of added waterproofing protection. This two-component, 100% solids, aliphatic polyurea coating contains zero VOCs, is extremely low odor, and cures quickly to form a highly durable, impact and UV resistant membrane. LiquiTec can also be used as a repair material for maintenance applications and is easily applied by brush, roller and squeegee.
“JHP Architecture had identified a color range they wanted and had initially considered another coil provider,” Graham said. “We presented the new Weathered Steel finish that Petersen offered, the team approved the color from the mock-up we did.”
New Weathered Steel finish is made from a 70% PVDF Kynar formula manufactured by Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings. The two-coat finish replicates the multi-tone appearance that steel acquires after exposure to the environment.
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With Guardian UltraClear low-iron glass, the difference is clear. An innovative process reduces iron oxide content—achieving stunningly clear glass that transmits abundant light. In standard glass, iron content creates a greenish tint at the surface, along the edge and in views on the other side. UltraClear glass offers beautifully transparent results, no matter the glass size or thickness.
UltraClear glass can maximize light, defy boundaries and render colors with impressive fidelity. The possibilities are endless. Combine with Guardian SunGuard low-E coatings for high-performance in commercial façades, or get the green out for interior applications.
The all-new LED downlight collection from Williams provides a tailored solution for sleek and modern architectural lighting. With 2, 4, 6 and 8-inch apertures available in round, square, fixed, adjustable and shallow plenum styles, the downlights help create ambiance in every environment. Featuring a variety of trims and beam angles, each LED downlight guarantees flawless illumination. The innovative TrimLock reflection retention system ensures the trim remains flush with ceiling plane. Engineered with demanding environments in mind, Williams downlights are IP65 rated, CCEA Chicago Plenum approved and Energy Star certified, with industry-leading efficacies as high as 120 lumens/watts.
When you source a high-impact resistance door from VT, you can be confident it’s built to the highest of standards. Palladium Doors are constructed to withstand the most demanding environments including; healthcare, educational, hospitality, and other high-traffic facilities while maintaining an attractive decor. Available in more styles and finishes so you can find the perfect match for your facility. More durable. More Beautiful. There’s more to a VT door.