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SCHAUMBURG, ILL.—During the American Architectural Manufacturers Assn. (AAMA) 2016 National Fall Conference, the AAMA Sustainability Steering Committee hosted two speakers who stressed the importance of wellness in buildings the industry assists in creating and renovating. Lauren Wallace (Epsten Group) focused on the WELL Building Standard and the Living Building Challenge, followed by Dr. Elliott Horner (UL), who gave those in attendance information on indoor air quality testing and its merits. “When we think of sustainability, we often think of environmental impact,” said Mark Silverberg (Technoform), chair of the AAMA Sustainability Steering Committee. “But 92 percent of costs are employee-related, instead of maintenance and operation. We can help reduce depression, a leading cost of lost time. Glass and glazing have a major opportunity of making this net positive contribution.” Wallace went over the WELL Building Standard, the first standard to focus solely on the health and wellness of the people in the buildings. “We spend 90 percent of our time indoors, and we have potential to reshape public health and make a positive impact on wellbeing,” said Wallace.
ROCK HILL, S.C.—HyLite LED Lighting announces the new Dual-Mode Duluxe Tube. The HyLite Duluxe LED Tube is compatible with both electronic and magnetic ballasts, making initial installation as simple as changing a lamp. It can also work on 120V to 277V line voltage, so when the ballast fails, there is no need to replace it.
WEST WARWICK, R.I.—Lighting Science announced the release of the Durabulb, a shatter-resistant lamp designed to withstand life’s inevitable bumps and drops without breaking, while still providing the high quality of light expected for all of today’s residential, commercial and industrial applications. The Durabulb artfully blends leading-edge LED design and contemporary styling with rugged, yet lightweight, construction that resists breaking or shattering due to impact, vibration and external stresses. This new lamp also provides even, omni-directional illumination.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The design and construction of healthier buildings is a key business benefit for building owners, developers, managers and investors, according to the results of a new SmartMarket Report released by Dodge Data & Analytics and to which the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a contributing partner. “Our world is confronting massive challenges that affect our physical, mental and social well-being,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, Chief Operating Officer, USGBC. “We know that programs like USGBC’s LEED green building rating system and IWBI’s WELL Building Standard provide key solutions to business leaders who are looking for the best way to create healthier, more sustainable buildings. We will continue to educate and push the market to prioritize human health in the built environment, which has benefits that extend beyond the building itself to the cities, communities and neighborhoods where we live.” The report, “The Drive Toward Healthier Buildings 2016,” shows that the design and construction industry in the United States is poised for wider adoption of building practices that prioritize the physical, mental and social well-being of tenants and occupants.
WEST CALDWELL, N.J.—Aimed at helping customers meet tight project deadlines, MaxLite introduces a Quick Ship Program that provides high quality LED lighting solutions at rapid delivery speed. The MaxLite Quick Ship Program covers a wide array of interior and exterior lighting applications, and includes products such as T8 lamps, downlights, flat panels, highbays, wall packs, flood lights and canopy fixtures. The program is limited to specific SKUs and quantities; for complete guidelines, go to MaxLite.com/Quick-Ship.
WEST CALDWELL, N.J.—MaxLite, a global manufacturer of energy efficient lighting, is encouraging consumers to choose Energy Star certified LED bulbs on Amazon to benefit Habitat for Humanity during the month of October. MaxLite will donate 10 percent of sales from select Energy Star certified products sold on the site throughout the month to Habitat, which helps families gain strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.
MUSKEGON, MICH.—EarthTronics now offers a PAR lamp solution for 277 volt applications. A new high power, 17-watt PAR38 EarthBulb LED floodlight replaces 120 watt incandescent floodlights for more than 85 percent energy savings and is capable of operating on 120 or 277 volt circuits. The floodlight features an advanced cooling system that provides for 25,000 hours of LED life.
FARMINGDALE, N.Y.—LaMar Lighting, manufacturers of highly efficient LED and fluorescent lighting, recently launched a completely redesigned website. Many hours went into developing, testing, and streamlining hundreds of pages of the website, in order to make navigating the site, requesting product and components quotes, and finding resources or information much easier for visitors.
NATIONAL REPORT—Two months ago, Delos announced the expansion of its Stay Well hotel room program into six Marriott hotels in the United States. According to Paul Scialla, Founder and CEO of Delos, the Marriott properties are the first hotel additions to the Stay Well program since October 2012. It was then that Delos landed the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas as a client. (Delos has since launched a Stay Well Meetings program.) Stay Well rooms feature a number of upgrades to enhance the health and quality of a room environment—water purification, vitamin C infused shower, mattress and pillow encasements, etc. Stay Well rooms at the six Marriott hotels will be available for approximately $30 per night above prevailing rates. The notion of packaging together a group of green amenities and features, with the idea of making a guestroom healthier and more eco-friendly, and even deserving of a higher rate, is not a new one. For at least 10 years, PURE Solutions NA has worked with hotels around the world to offer PURE Rooms.
WEST CALDWELL, N.J.—Delivering high-performance optics in a new design, MaxLite presents the LED Parking Garage Square Canopy as long-lasting, energy-efficient lighting for commercial and municipal parking applications.