Monthly Archives: February 2013

The 2030 Challenge

Buildings are the major source of global demand for energy and materials that produce by-product greenhouse gases (GHG). Slowing the growth rate of GHG emissions and then reversing it is the key to addressing climate change and keeping global average temperature below 2°C above pre-industrial levels.

To accomplish this, Architecture 2030 issued The 2030 Challenge asking the global architecture and building community to adopt the following targets:

• All new buildings, developments and major renovations shall be designed to meet a fossil fuel, GHG-emitting, energy consumption performance standard of 60% below the regional (or country) average/median for that building type.

• At a minimum, an equal amount of existing building area shall be renovated annually to meet a fossil fuel, GHG-emitting, energy consumption performance standard of 60% of the regional (or country) average for that building type.

• The fossil fuel reduction standard for all new buildings and major renovations shall be increased to 70% in 2015, 80% in 2020, 90% in 2025, and Carbon-neutral in 2030 (using no fossil fuel GHG emitting energy to operate).

These targets may be accomplished by implementing innovative sustainable design strategies, generating on-site renewable power and/or purchasing (20% maximum) renewable energy.

Source: Architecture 2030

Varying Approaches to LED Retrofit Lamps Show No Limit

LED-based retrofit lamps remain the most popular topic in the solid-state lighting (SSL) industry, despite the fact that a form factor such as the A-lamp does little to support the inherent advantages of LED sources. Still, the huge number of retrofit-lamp sockets installed around the globe make the retrofit lamp important to both lamp manufacturers and users looking to proliferate SSL technology and save energy. And while the basic size and type of socket may be fixed, manufacturers are taking vastly different approaches to try and win in what could be a short-lived market.

Many of the lamp-design topics we will discuss here could be examined relative to many different types of retrofit lamps. The potential list includes LED-based tubes designed for linear fluorescent sockets and directional and reflector products such as PAR, MR, and BR lamps. In this article, however, we will focus on omnidirectional A-lamps that are the most prevalent lamp in use.

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Written by: Maury Wright

Source: LEDs Magazine

Part car, part projector: Illuminating Audi’s futuristic lighting technologies

While most of the automotive technology we cover resides inside a car, there is a whole host of tech on the forward and aft of the cabin that most of us spend a considerable amount of time staring at, and very little time appreciating. We’re referring of course to lighting technology, and in this space, no company has applied technology more liberally than Audi.

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Written by: Nick Jaynes

Source: Digital Trends

‘Most energy-efficient’ light bulb shines on Kickstarter

An eye-catching invention that produces as much light as a 100-watt incandescent bulb using just an eighth of the power has become a crowdfunding star for three University of Toronto graduates.

The Nanolight, billed as “the world’s most energy-efficient light bulb” has raised $133,022 on the U.S. crowdfunding site Kickstarter and generated pre-orders for more than 3,000 bulbs since the project started seeking backers on Jan. 7.

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Written by: CBS News

Source: CBS News

AWA Project Update: Holland Tunnel Goes Green

It was announced last week that the fluorescent lamps in Holland Tunnel will be replaced with LED lamps. 32,000 Running Feet (6.4 Miles) of new linear LED lamps will be installed and the project will be finished in Fall 2013. The new LED lighting will help to achieve $250,000 a year in energy savings and significant savings in maintenance costs. In addition, it will bring the interior tunnel illumination level up to IESNA RP-22 requirements. The project started in 2009, went through numerous challenges, and is now coming to a successful completion.

AWA’s Scope:
AWA worked in close collaboration with the client and On-Board Engineering on this project. For this project, AWA was responsible for:
• Developing design and performance specifications for LED fixtures
• Providing a detailed LED technology and material review for tunnel and infrastructure lighting
• Analyzing LED systems for retrofitting current fluorescent system
• Evaluating submittals from manufacturers and provide recommendations to client
• Analyzing and evaluating prototype of fixtures to ensure conformance to specifications

AWA reviewed and evaluated eleven manufacturers that could provide linear IP-66 rated LED fixtures for this application. The design specifications were developed for usefulness for the next 15 years. The fixtures are future proofed for easy access/replacements of lamps over this period.
This project will be installed over the next several months to be finished by Fall 2013.

Project Team:
Client: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
LED Lighting Consultant: AWA Lighting Designers, Inc.
Electrical Engineer: On-Board Engineering Corp.

AWA Lighting Designers:
Headquartered in New York City, AWA is an international architectural lighting design firm founded by Abhay Wadhwa. We design and implement lighting solutions for infrastructural, commercial, civic and cultural projects. We pride ourselves on our adept application of creative and technical methods, as we embrace diverse influences, ideas and design paradigms. The result is lighting design that remains ever-aware of the people who will commute, live, work, communicate and interact in the buildings and structures we light.
The architects, engineers and building professionals we partner with have come to expect technologically savvy, fresh solutions with high design content from us. In part, this is because our teams are led by trained architects and engineers, but also because our team is committed to understanding the clients’ vision and helping it come to reality.

On-Board Engineering Corporation:
On-Board Engineering Corporation is a privately held Professionally Licensed Full Service provider of engineering, architecture, design, procurement, construction management and design-build services.
Flexible Service has been the hallmark of On-Board since the company’s inception in 1976, with a focus on customer satisfaction. On-Board conducts operations through its Corporate Headquarters located in East Windsor, New Jersey along with regional offices in Delaware, and North Carolina.

For additional press coverage on this project, please also visit the following links:
Port Authority Press Release
CBS News
Jersey Journal
Wikipedia: Holland Tunnel

UC Davis lighting experts push for national quality standard for LEDs

It is not enough to be energy efficient; LED lighting also must be consistently high quality and reliable to win over consumers.

That message, from the California Lighting Technology Center at the University of California, Davis, helped prompt the California Energy Commission to include quality criteria for LED replacement lamps in its first-in-the-nation energy efficiency directive on Dec. 12, 2012.

Now, the CLTC is urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program to create similar criteria for LEDs on a national scale

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Source: UC Davis

Written by: UC Davis

AWA is Now an Approved AIA Continuing Education System Provider

AWA is proud to announce that we have been approved as a Continuing Education System (CES) Provider by the AIA (American Institute of Architects). We are currently offering two courses listed below. Another three courses will be added in April. Each course can be of 60 minutes duration (1 CES Learning Unit) or 90 minutes duration (1.5 CES Learning Units).
Courses are as follows:

1. Trends in the Lighting Industry: What Will 2020 bring?
Course #: AWATRENDS01
Course Description:
Changes in lighting technologies have sprouted new design paradigms in the lighting industry that must be addressed in order to stay relevant. This course will examine the technologies that currently impact lighting trends. Future implications of these lighting trends for the architecture and design industry will be discussed.
Learning Objectives- At the end of this course, participants will:
1. Understand the current state of the lighting industry.
2. Understand the paradigm shift in lighting that 2020 will bring.
3. Become familiar with built examples that utilize some of these technologies currently.
4. Apply trends in current and future lighting technologies to projects.

2. The Unspoken Relationship Between Light and Health
Course #: AWAHEALTH01
Course Description:
Light triggers critical physiological and psychological responses within human beings- the level and quality of light within the built environment has real implications on our health and wellness. As we become more aware of light’s implications on our health, and as technology affords us a greater range of options, we have a larger repertoire with which to impact a positive benefit on our health.
Learning Objectives- At the end of this course, participants will:
1. Become familiar with the current research on light and health.
2. Understand the impact of electric light on the human body
3. Understand the therapeutical properties of color in light.
4. Implement knowledge of the physiological and the psychological effects of light to architectural projects.

AWA Upcoming CES Courses (April 2013):
3. The Impact of Culture and Climate on Lighting Design Solutions
4. LED Lighting Systems for Infrastructural Projects
5. Light Masterplanning: Illumination Strategies for Large Scale Urban Developments

Please contact us at For more information regarding course availabilities and scheduling.