SunProject® & Potential LEED® points

Shade and Light Controls for Sustainable Design

Today's innovative buildings are designed to be sustainable, flexible and energy efficient. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a rating system that the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) administers to provide a national standard for green buildings. LEED offers scientific performance criteria and a point system for the LEED project certification. Many businesses have programs to ensure all their facilities are LEED compliant, through new construction and renovation programs. SunProject™ offers leading edge product solutions for integrated control of shading and lighting systems to optimize the thermal and natural light conditions.

Efficient shading and lighting controls may contribute to obtaining up to 30 or more points in the LEED 2009 for New Construction and Major Renovations (LEED 2009) categories. To be certified for LEED, a minimum of 40 points is required.

SunProject™ can contribute towards attaining important LEED certification points in numerous categories.

LEED Credits

Sustainable Sites

Window treatments can assist buildings meet the sustainable sites requirement of LEED by minimizing light trespass from the building to reduce sky glow, also referred to as light pollution. Reducing glare through shading also improves night-time visibility and reduces the impact of development on the nocturnal environment.

Energy & Atmosphere

By integrating shading and lighting controls, lighting and HVAC electricity can be conserved in the range of 40 to 50 percent. This course of action can typically secure two LEED points. Integration can also be expanded incrementally with other energy-saving strategies which can help maximize the points in this category.

lndoor Environmental Quality

LEED also evaluates a project's internal environment for both energy efficiency and occupant comfort. Some of the criteria include the use of daylight to illuminate interiors as much as possible and supplementation of natural light with integrated, high-performance ballasts, fixtures and controls. Shading controls should be introduced to reduce direct glare from both natural and man-made light —particularly where there are highly reflective surfaces or where computer monitors are employed.

When provisions are made for occupant comfort by deploying high level HVAC, lighting and shading controls, productivity and well being are optimized.

lnnovation & Design Process

SunProject™ can provide design teams and projects the opportunity to be awarded points for exceptional performance above the requirements set by the LEED Rating System and/or innovative performance in Green Building categories not specifically addressed by LEED. The use of exterior dynamic shading strategies and the modeling of their energy performance are opportunities for points in this category.

SunProject™ and Potential LEED Rating System Points

Performance Summary - LEED 2009

Canada Green Building Council (CAGBC) - LEED 2009

United States Green Building Council (USGBC) - LEED 2009

SunProject™ in National Green Building Standard (NAHB)