Lighting Controls and Building Standards: WELL, LEED, BREEAM
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Benefits of achieving building standards
Savings and efficiency
A central consideration in standards like LEED and BREEAM is the environmental performance of your building. By aiming to achieve such building standards you are, in practice, improving the sustainability of your space through more efficient processes and technologies.
With net zero targets on the horizon and ever-increasing pressures from stakeholders, building standards provide you with a realiable framework for achieving energy efficient spaces and thereby saving money.
Wellbeing at the forefront
Building standards (such as the WELL Building Standard) put people in focus and place a significant emphasis on health and wellbeing by looking at indoor environmental quality from a variety of different perspectives. Concepts include, but are not limited to: lighting, air, thermal comfort, ergonomics, water, sound, materials, and features like access to nature.
Even if certification is not desired, building standards offer an excellent framework for evaluating your building’s performance and assessing its impact on the people in your space.
In order to achieve building standards, the use of smart technologies is often a prerequisite. In the context of lighting, for example, requirements for circadian design, daylight simulation and occupant control are made much more attainable through the use of intelligent control systems.
Such smart building technologies are, in many cases, also designed to last throughout the lifetime of the building, allowing you to upgrade or adapt your space to any future changes.
…and there’s more!
Standardisation allows everyone in the building to benefit from clearer practices, processes and technologies; saving time and money.
Attract people to your office with a marketable accreditation and create a space you can be proud of.
Personalisation and individual needs are a core consideration of building standards, allowing everyone to work with maximum comfort.
Start with intelligent lighting controls!
Cloud-based services like Helvar Insights allow you to remotely access valuable data from your system. Full visibility of space usage allows you to constantly optimise and experiment.
Use existing walls and infrastructure to install your control system. Moreover, wireless controls requires minimal wiring, resulting in faster installation time and fewer materials used.
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WELL Building Standard™ and Lighting
The WELL Building Standard™ is a leading global rating system focused on the ways in which buildings, and everything in them, can improve comfort and enhance health and wellbeing— setting a benchmark for optimal building performance.
The WELL V2 Standard features 11 concepts of measurement, both preconditions and optimisations. Concepts consist of several features, each containing parts. Spaces are awarded points based on the number of optimisation features attained, with successful certifications awarded to entrants who meet the criteria for Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum.
LEED Certification and Lighting
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a certification system which was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. It is designed to assess the performance of buildings against benchmarks, with the aim of encouraging sustainable building design by applying a recognised standard.
The scoring criteria includes assessments across categories such as innovative design and technical solutions, energy consumption and emissions, materials, water consumption and more. The standard is designed to minimise a buildings carbon footprint, but also helps to decrease long term costs by reducing energy consumption and optimising space usage.