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Creating sustainable architecture spaces are important in driving our collective action towards reducing energy consumption.
They also contribute to setting a benchmark in architecture best practice and drive professional and social expectations regarding energy use, in turn, making sustainability a norm rather than the exception.
Lighting plays a significant part in building the sustainability credentials of common spaces. Today there are several standard offerings in the lighting sector to manage energy efficiency such as dimming and motion sensors.
Advanced glazing technologies also enable linkages with natural daylight to ensure a consistent light level and a balance between artificial and natural daylight. New developments have Environment or Sustainability Managers, who are aware of energy efficiency measures, and work towards attaining performance targets and promoting best practice.
A good example, regionally, of efficient application of sustainable architecture is Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the world’s tallest building, which is intelligently glazed and has a sustainability focused building management system.
While the value of energy efficiency is not always reflected in the capital expenditure, architects and end-users are increasingly conscious of the tangible benefits seen over the long run.
This is reflected in the lighting sector, where the focus now is on aesthetic yet efficient lighting. Irrespective of the size or scale of buildings, sustainability features can be integrated, especially in the design stage.
Today, there is also greater emphasis on retrofitting older buildings with energy efficient solutions – an opportunity where customers can evaluate the value addition brought by sustainable lighting.
Across the world, architects and designers are increasingly focused on sustainable projects. They realize the value that lighting brings into the equation, and we can see tangible action in promoting sustainable lighting solutions in the region.