Corporate offices use Eaton’s lighting and controls solutions to up their environmental game.
THREE Consultoría Medioambiental, Monterrey, Mexico, is an environmental consulting company specializing in green construction with a mission to transform the Mexican construction industry through the design, construction, and rehabilitation of ecological, economic, and socially sustainable buildings. In building a new 2,680-sq.-ft. corporate office, management wanted to lead by example. The sole goal for the new facility was to obtain Platinum V.4 LEED certification.
The company’s lighting goals included having proper light levels and uniformity that met Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES), New York, standards for all spaces, while not exceeding LEED power density limits. The energy-efficient solutions also needed to be glare free and incorporate a controls solution. To avoid light trespass, no uplighting was specified in any exterior locations.
Looking for a manufacturer with a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) accredited test labs, THREE administrators wanted to be sure that the published technical and photometric information was verifiable from the chosen manufacturer. The NVLAP provides third-party accreditation to testing and calibration laboratories in response to legislative action or requests from government agencies or private-sector organizations.
Steps were taken to minimize waste and to reuse materials when possible. The unique construction of the offices consists of shipping containers that had reached the end of their useful life, and the building’s location was based on reducing transportation needs. In addition, the building orientation was set considering wind currents to better ventilate spaces. The building is equipped with a rainwater collection system, and air conditioning condensate is directed to water-closet water tanks. THREE also uses green waste to generate compost, and the building produces all the energy it consumes–and more–through solar panels.
Working with lighting designer and distributor Aether Ingeniería, also of Monterrey, who provided the design and technical expertise, Eaton’s Lighting Division, Peachtree City, GA, energy-efficient LED lighting and controls solutions were chosen for the product’s quality, aesthetics, timely delivery, and performance.
Solutions for the office area and boardroom include the Corelite Divide LED suspended luminaire that uses WaveStream LED technology, incorporating AccuAim optics, allowing maximum energy savings while achieving the desired light levels and glare-free illumination. The Greengate photodiode sensor automatically controls light output illumination in monitored areas to maintain a constant light level regardless of the amount of natural light present. Additionally, interior LED solutions include Halo surface-mounted downlights, track fixtures, and Sure-Lites emergency lighting. For exterior lighting, Lumark Crosstour wall-pack products illuminate the perimeter and parking lot area.
“Aesthetics played an important part in the selection process,” said Lourdes Salinas, director, THREE Consultoría Medioambiental. “The Corelite Divide luminaire is very nice, and the modern look is matched with the efficacy and the photometrics that allowed us to meet LEED criteria.”
The building is the first in Latin America and the second worldwide to obtain Platinum V.4 LEED Certification.
Receiving accolades for their sustainable results, Monterrey’s mayor sent a representative to the company’s inauguration day, and its many visitors have complimented the firm’s efforts. The company has placed plaques throughout the office to tell visitors about the environmental impact of each sustainability strategy in the building.
“Our employees are proud of what we have accomplished, and we commonly have questions from visitors as they can’t understand the high lighting levels with so few luminaires; we always explain that’s the gain of high technology combined with aesthetics from the Divide luminaires,” said Salinas.