How can Lighting Create Sustainable Spaces?
George Bou Mitri
General Manager for GE Lighting,
Middle East, Africa & Turkey
Creating sustainable architecture spaces will drive our collective action towards reducing energy consumption. These spaces also contribute to setting a benchmark in architecture best practice and drive professional and social expectations regarding energy use. This makes sustainability the norm – rather than the exception.
Lighting plays a significant role in building the sustainability credentials of common spaces. Today, there are many standard offerings in the lighting sector to manage energy efficiency. A few popular examples include dimming and motion sensors. A few less common examples include advanced glazing technologies that enable linkages with natural daylight to ensure a consistent light level and balance between artificial and natural daylight. New developments have Environmental or Sustainability Managers, professionals who are aware of energy efficiency measures and work towards attaining performance targets and promoting best practice.
We can find a great example of sustainable architecture in our own backyard – at the Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building. This marvel is intelligently glazed and has a sustainability focused building management system.
While the value of energy efficiency is not always reflected in the capital expenditure, architects and end-users are increasingly conscious of the tangible benefits seen over the long run.
This is reflected in the lighting sector, where the focus now is on aesthetic yet efficient lighting. Irrespective of the size or scale of buildings, sustainability features can be integrated, especially in the design stage. Today, there is also greater emphasis on retrofitting older buildings with energy efficient solutions – an opportunity where customers can evaluate the value addition brought by sustainable lighting.
Around the world, architects and designers are increasingly focused on sustainable projects. They realize the value that lighting brings to the equation, and we can see tangible action in promoting sustainable lighting solutions in the region.