Q: What should you consider when you want to implement a centralized lighting control system across multiple buildings?
A: First and foremost they are going to have to consider what kind of work or collaboration is going on with the folks that are using that facility. The overall work environment. MSpace works specifically in the meeting room and conference room environment, what we like to call the interconnective design environment. Think about what kind of work is going on in there. Is it simple meetings or is it more intensive with audio calls, presentation, or videoconferencing or telepresence calls? So that is a strong consideration for us and something we talk to our clients about. We build lighting around that.
Secondly is energy consumption. That’s big. We just moved into a new facility and when we built out our whole facility about four months ago, lighting considerations and how we managed that lighting was important. Also, the control of that lighting. Can we use timer that can be controlled electronically or through our network to turn lights on or off for power management, for example?
Third is for effect and impact. I’ll give you an example. We use lighting in our lobby and main entrance that comes on at seven in the morning and stays on until six at night. The reason that we do that is because they are key features of what we do and what we sell, so we want them well illuminated. So if customers come by we always have our best presentation foot forward. So we’re meeting the criteria in two ways. Effect and impact and energy consumption.
Q: What are some benefits of implementing a campus-wide lighting control system?
In today’s world being Energy Star-compliant or green is not only popular but also a must have. We had the Minnesota Twins and the Red Sox playing at Target Field the other night and the field is a LEED facility. Looking at a huge stadium and what it takes to be LEED certified is impressive. Everything from managing rainwater and reusing it through cistern systems to water the grass and clean the facility to obviously the lighting. And the lighting [is designed] not just for power consumption for energy requirements but also for impact. I mentioned those two things for our facility or any [building] campus.
Q: If a facility could implement lighting control and automation in just a few rooms, which rooms would benefit the most and why?
The lobby and conference rooms are two important areas. As is any public space that you are working in. My architect, Guy Davidson from DLR Group here in Minneapolis, is really in tune