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Besides saving energy, natural daylight is beneficial to our health and productivity. We consider as “green” products that enable us to bring daylight into a building, including specialized commercial skylights, fiber-optic daylighting systems, lightshelves, and tubular skylights.

Besides saving energy, natural daylight is beneficial to our health and productivity. We consider as “green” products that enable us to bring daylight into a building, including specialized commercial skylights, fiber-optic daylighting systems, lightshelves, and tubular skylights.

  • SageGlass Electronically Tintable Glazing
  • SageGlass Electronically Tintable Glazing
  • SAGE Electrochromics, Inc.
  • SageGlass Electronically Tintable Glazing
    SAGE Electrochromics, Inc.
    SAGE Electrochromics manufactures SageGlass, an electronically tintable exterior glazing that blocks solar heat gain while providing glare control and preserving views. SageGlass incorporates durable thin-film ceramic coatings and uses 0.28 W/ft2 to switch the glass from clear to tinted state and 0.1 W/ft2 to maintain a darkened state. Used with typical clear glass to fabricate an insulated unit, the tinting reduces the visible transmittance (Tvis) from 60% to 1%, while reducing the solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) from 0.41 to 0.09. The company's triple-pane (Tvis 52% vs. 3%; SHGC 0.38 vs. 0.06), argon-filled and krypton-filled glazings have center-of-glass winter U-factors as low as 0.14 (R-7.1) and 0.12 (R-8.3), respectively. SageGlass can also come with a technology called LightZone, which enables one pane of glass to be tinted to different levels in three sections. SAGE is partnering with window, skylight, and curtainwall manufacturers to produce commercial and residential products that can help save energy while improving occupant comfort and control.
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  • Draper Solar Control Products
  • Draper Solar Control Products
  • Draper, Inc.
  • Draper Solar Control Products
    Draper, Inc.
    Draper offers a number of solar shading products made primarily for commercial interior or exterior use, including venetian blinds, louvers, and roller shades. Omega Venetian Blinds are available in widths up to 16' 1" and drops of 32' 1", in manual (for interiors) or motorized versions. The FlexLouver Rack Arm System is available in widths and drops up to 20' and can open and close by hand crank or motor. The FlexShade Zip System roller shade system is available in widths and drops up to 16.5'. These shades insert inside side rails so they can withstand winds up to 90 mph. The s_enn Shading System exterior shade panel consists of stainless steel rods (it can also be rolled up like a roller shade) and the s_onro Daylight Shutter System roller shade uses aluminum fins and can open from the bottom up to provide privacy and daylighting.
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  • FlexWave Light Shelf
  • FlexWave Light Shelf
  • Draper, Inc.
  • FlexWave Light Shelf
    Draper, Inc.
    Draper’s FlexWave Light Shelf is installed on windows to reflect natural light up onto ceilings, reducing glare and the need for artificial lighting. The curved, surface of FlexWave Light Shelf reflects low-angle light far into the building. They install quickly as individual units or as part of a longer continuous run, according to the company, and no tools are needed to rotate them down for cleaning.
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  • SunBeamer 100
  • SunBeamer 100
  • SunCentral Inc.
  • SunBeamer 100
    SunCentral Inc.
    SunCentral’s SunBeamer 100 tracks the sun throughout the day and uses lenses to direct sunlight into building interiors. The SunBeamer can be used in skylights or tubular skylights or in combination with the company’s SunLuminaire, SunShade, and SunSpandrel products. Using this system, sunlight is directed down the exterior of the building where reflectors in the company’s SunShade reflect and concentrate the light, focusing it into the SunSpandrel and into the building. The light then travels along the SunLuminaire, that has a reflective interior that can provide daylighting up to 50 feet into the building interior. The luminaires also contain sensors and LEDs that automatically adjust interior light levels based on available sunlight.
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  • Somfy Systems Automatic Controls
  • Somfy Systems Automatic Controls
  • Somfy Systems Inc.
  • Somfy Systems Automatic Controls
    Somfy Systems Inc.
    Somfy Systems manufactures a number of different systems to motorize window coverings and help regulate solar exposure. Their products can be applied to retractable awnings, rolling shutters, exterior screens, and interior shades. The systems are programmable and remote controllable, and can also be controlled via an Internet-based interface. Research suggests that motorized and automated window coverings significantly improve the energy performance of adjustable window coverings, in both homes and commercial buildings.
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  • Soraa Vivid Galium Nitride LEDs
  • Soraa Vivid Galium Nitride LEDs
  • Soraa
  • Soraa Vivid Galium Nitride LEDs
    Soraa
    Soraa Vivid MR-16 LED luminaires are ideal for use where light quality is critical, such as art galleries or retail displays. Unlike other LEDs that use gallium nitride (GaN) crystals grown on a sapphire or silicon carbide base, Soraa uses GaN grown on a GaN base so the crystals have far fewer imperfections. Though less efficacious than some LEDs, Soraa MR-16s produce higher intensity, “full spectrum” light that rivals halogen bulbs, while operating at lower temperatures. They are available in 14-, 25-, and 36-degree beam angles.
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  • Okalux Insulating Glass Panels
  • Okalux Insulating Glass Panels
  • Schott North America, Inc.
  • Okalux Insulating Glass Panels
    Schott North America, Inc.
    Okalux light-diffusing glass uses hollow capillary fibers hermetically sealed between sheets of laminated float glass. Distributed in the U.S. by Schott North America, this unique translucent glass prevents glare and shadows yet allows light to shine through while still providing U-factors as low as 0.9 for the company’s Okalux-P glazing (expect higher U-factors for the whole glazing unit). Okalux can be customized to maximize solar heat gain, sound attenuation, and UV protection for use in façades, glass roofs, partitions, and other applications.
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  • Raico Passive House Curtainwall
  • Raico Passive House Curtainwall
  • Peak Building Products
  • Raico Passive House Curtainwall
    Peak Building Products
    Raico Passive House Curtainwall systems, distributed in the United States by Peak Building Products, can be timber-, steel-, or aluminum-framed. Certified by the German Passivhaus Institut, these curtainwall systems can achieve overall U-factors as low as 0.125 (R-8), including thermal bridging across framing members. System widths range from 2"–3.8" (50–96 mm). Double- or triple-glazing, with widths ranging from 1.25"–2" (32–52 mm), are available. Glazing panes can be made as large as 5' x 10' (1500 x 3000 mm).
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  • Schneider Electric Lighting Controls
  • Schneider Electric Lighting Controls
  • Schneider Electric
  • Schneider Electric Lighting Controls
    Schneider Electric
    Schneider Electric provides residential and commercial lighting control systems, including occupancy sensors, dimmers, controls, touch screens, relay panels, and more. Its Powerlink system is used for industrial, commercial, or large-scale residential use. The Measurement and Verification Panelboards (MVP) monitor energy consumption and demand from circuits through the complete lighting system, review data, measure occupancy and use patterns, generate reports, and trigger alarm notifications. The company also offers complete C-Bus residential systems that incorporate light and occupancy sensors, daylighting controls, and dimming along with touchscreens and keypads. This system can also integrate HVAC, media, irrigation, and security systems.
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  • Simplicity Digital Dimming System
  • Simplicity Digital Dimming System
  • Hunt Dimming
  • Simplicity Digital Dimming System
    Hunt Dimming
    Hunt Dimming offers full dimming systems, LED controllers, and wallbox dimmers for commercial applications. The company’s Simplicity series is a modular digital dimming system that includes a factory-programmed dimming panel and customizable LCD touchscreen controls, providing control for LED drivers and lamps and as well as daylighting. Hunt also offers basic analog dimmers and a large selection of wallbox dimmers.
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  • Philips Lighting Controls
  • Philips Lighting Controls
  • Philips Lighting Company
  • Philips Lighting Controls
    Philips Lighting Company
    Philips offers integrated building automation and lighting control, wireless controls, sensors, dimmers, and components for office, hospitality, restaurant, healthcare and other commercial and residential applications. Products include the Dynalite office lighting and controls; OccuSwitch Wireless devices that integrate with standard wiring; Lyteswitch low-voltage controls; Intellisite occupancy sensors; MultiSet Pro networking system; and more.
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  • PLC Multipoint Lighting Conthttp://www.buildinggreen.com/katma/rols
  • PLC Multipoint Lighting Conthttp://www.buildinggreen.com/katma/rols
  • PLC Multipoint, Inc.
  • PLC Multipoint Lighting Conthttp://www.buildinggreen.com/katma/rols
    PLC Multipoint, Inc.
    PLC Multipoint has been producing sensors and lighting control systems for over 20 years, with four divisions emphasizing indoor and outdoor commercial, sensors, roadway and transportation, and industrial applications. The company’s PLCBuildings division focuses on controls for daylighting and occupancy sensing in offices, schools, garages, and other commercial building applications. Along with products the company also provides engineering, site evaluation, and training.
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  • Pow-R-Command Lighting and Daylighting Control
  • Pow-R-Command Lighting and Daylighting Control
  • Eaton Corp.
  • Pow-R-Command Lighting and Daylighting Control
    Eaton Corp.
    Eaton offers a wide range of lighting control products including the Pow-R-Command systems. These units are available in different configurations depending on size and application, from a Pow-R-Command 25 that is wired at the factory and doesn’t require field programming, to the Pow-R-Command 2000 that can be accessed via the Internet to program and control lighting in large facilities such as convention centers, schools, and office buildings. The company also offers Pow-R-Command Smart SunLight, an active daylighting system for commercial and educational applications using skylights that incorporate GPS-controlled directional mirrors to track the sun and provide maximum daylighting.
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  • Glidden Ultra-Hide, LifeMaster, and Diamond 450
  • Glidden Ultra-Hide, LifeMaster, and Diamond 450
  • Akzo Nobel Decorative Paints
  • Glidden Ultra-Hide, LifeMaster, and Diamond 450
    Akzo Nobel Decorative Paints
    Glidden's Ultra-Hide, LifeMaster, and Diamond 450 “No-VOC” interior latex paints are intended for professional use. UltraHide provides a uniform finish at a lower price point; LifeMaster acrylic is for use in commercial, institutional, and educational buildings; and Diamond 450 is formulated with greater durability for high-traffic applications. Glidden offers its LumiTec colorants that the company claims are bright enough to allow for 20% less artificial lighting. These paints all meet MPI’s X-Green performance standards.
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  • Guardian 275 and Clima-Tite Skylights
  • Guardian 275 and Clima-Tite Skylights
  • Major Industries
  • Guardian 275 and Clima-Tite Skylights
    Major Industries
    Major Industries offers skylights with fiberglass glazing instead of glass. Guardian 275 skylights are fiberglass sheet panels framed in aluminum, and Clima-Tite skylights have pultruded fiberglass frames. According to the company, the Guardian skylights achieve U-factors as low as 0.13 and SHGC as low as 0.05, though NFRC tested combinations only achieve SHGC as low as 0.06 and range in U-factor from 0.22–0.40, thanks in part to an optional thermal break. According to the company, the Clima-Tite skylights achieve U-factors ranging from 0.14–0.50 and SHGC ranging from 0.06–0.49. Six fiberglass sheet colors are available, including white, blue, and red.
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