American Society of Interior Designers, Washington, D.C.
MaterialsJames Benya and Deborah Burnett, principals and partners of Benya Burnett Consultancy, created a lighting design to ensure circadian-optimized lighting and daylighting, critical luminaire placement, and annual lighting schedules and sequences. To maximize points in WELL and LEED, a Lutron Quantum Total Light Management System was selected to automatically adjust shades and light to provide appropriate spectra, light intensities and exposures throughout the year while saving as much energy as possible. The Quantum system also provides data to help analyze building energy use and provide proof points to support certifications.
Working with Lutron field service engineers to set up and program control protocols, the ASID headquarters met stringent requirements of WELL and LEED certification with the Lutron system contributing points in three WELL and three LEED categories.
“The Lutron Quantum system was uniquely able to provide all the lighting control capability we needed for this landmark project—automated, solar-responsive daylight and shade control, astronomic time clock, manual overrides, precise control of several types of electric light sources, compliance with the energy code and the data needed to prove LEED and WELL certification requirements,” Benya explains.
Burnett adds: “With our Lutron field service team, we were able to program all the wellness protocols and transitions, as well as provide everyday functions like personal task light dimming. Even better, the programming automatically adjusts light intensities and durations for seasonal solar angles, changing weather conditions, available daylight and occupancy.”
In addition to the Quantum Total Light Management System, Lutron’s Sivoia QS shades with Hyperion solar-adaptive shading software were utilized in the project.
Window Shading and Lighting Controls Systems’ Manufacturer: Lutron Electronics
ASID’s headquarters is the world’s first project to achieve Platinum level certification for the WELL v1 Building Standard and LEED ID+C rating system. ASID leadership was committed to making the headquarters a showcase for progressive design and prioritized the goal of achieving Platinum certification from the International WELL Building Institute, New York, and the U.S. Green Building Council, Washington.
“At ASID, we take tremendous pride in being a champion for good design and demonstrating that design impacts lives,” notes ASID CEO Randy Fiser. “The automatic shades and lighting control system enhanced the efficiency of the space while improving the comfort and productivity of the employees. Our shared vision would not have come to fruition without commitment from our construction partners and consultants and complete buy-in from ASID staff.”
ASID leadership intends for the new space to be a dynamic “living laboratory” for the design community, offering an opportunity to engage in pre- and ongoing post-occupancy research.
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