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Lutron opens New York lighting center and showroom

The Pennsylvania-based Lutron Electronics has opened a new showroom in the D&D Building on Third Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. The lighting and shading company, long known for their commitment to good design and the latest technology, now has a space where designers can experience the company’s products. It is possible to test their entire line, including the technologically advanced Ketra line and what they call “human-centric lighting.” Architects will also appreciate the Ivalo line of fixtures that are perhaps the best designed of any American product on the market. The space is located on the third floor of the D&D building at 979 Third Avenue, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and welcomes walk-in clients.
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Specsheet > The smartest smart-building systems

NEST CAM IQ indoor Nest This indoor security camera has a 6-core processor that has the ability to do things like tell a person from a thing. It can recognize faces and has HDR with invisible infrared LEDs that evenly illuminate an entire whole room. Security alerts are sent to your phone in real time. STILLPURE Franke The newest offering in Franke's line of sustainable products, StillPure is a complete under-sink filtration system. It improves the odor and color of water by removing toxins, parasites, cysts, and bacteria. StillPure comes with the Franke Filtration App and syncs with a Bluetooth monitor that easily attaches to the filtration system.
 
 
TXPERT DIGITAL TRANSFORMER ABB The new TXpert transformer has fully-integrated sensing technology that allows the user to get information from both the transformer and grid to run predictive inference analytics. To address safety concerns, ABB ensured the data from the transformer is accessed via a built-in wi-fi router protected by encryption.
VIVE Lutron A scalable wireless lighting control solution for new and existing commercial buildings, Lutron Vive with Vue software allows users to adjust and program system settings on their smartphone devices. It also automatically finds nearby devices—making set-up and management more efficient.
CLIMATE CONTROL ZONING SYSTEM II Uponor The Uponor Climate Control Zoning System II works with underfloor heating installations and provides temperature control for each individual room. The thermostats communicate with the base unit by radio link and the new system has a 25 percent faster reaction time and up to 20 percent greater energy savings for radiant floor heating systems.
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Specsheet >The newest (and smartest) building technologies on the market

Monitor and adjust smart-building systems from virtually anywhere, thanks to a host of technologies that turn your phone into a mini control center. AUGUST SMART LOCK August Home The Smart Lock's Auto-Unlock feature allows for keyless entry when the owner returns home—so one never has to worry about keys or security. Alerts give users real-time updates about any interaction with the lock or entry. Users can also set the system to Away Mode, which lets the lock know the user has “left the neighborhood.” VIVE Lutron A scalable wireless lighting control solution for new and existing commercial buildings, Lutron Vive with Vue software allows users to adjust and program system settings on their smartphone devices. It also automatically finds nearby devices, making set up and management more efficient. DIAMOND CONTROLS SOLUTION Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Controls building management system can be accessed at any time from any location, making monitoring the facility much more efficient for staff and building managers. Reports, analyses, and real-time information about how 
the building’s systems react to user behavior are easily accessible. Displayable trends include building and space occupancy, carbon dioxide levels, energy generation, energy usage, and humidity levels. Representations can be displayed in 3-D graphics. KONE CARE KONE KONE Care allows businesses and building managers to request and customize elevator technology systems based on their buildings' needs. As part of KONE Care, KONE has also launched 24/7 Connected Services, which uses the IBM Watson Internet of Things platform, enabling data from elevator sensors to be displayed, monitored, and analyzed in real time. DELTA LEAK DETECTOR Delta Designed with a one-touch button, this battery-powered leak detector wirelessly syncs to smartphones, tablets, and wi-fi. The unit’s conductor ring detects moisture dripping over or gathering under the device and sends alerts to the user’s smartphone or tablet. ONEPREVENT OneEvent OneEvent’s new monitoring system, OnePrevent, has a predictive analytics engine embedded inside a series of sensing devices to flag potential building hazards. It can detect whether stoves are on or off, sense if there is moisture coming from a leaky pipe, and alert the user via an app for smartphones and tablets.
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Product>Beauty and Brains: Lighting that checks all the boxes

These lighting fixtures are the best of both worlds—not only do they enhance the look of any environment, they also can be controlled with little to no effort. Circle of Light Flos A ceiling recessed aluminum ring of LED spotlights creates a luminous glow in open spaces. The Circle of light is offered in three diameters—300 millimeters, 600 millimeters, and 900 millimeters, which all offer a temperature of 2,700/3,000 kilowatts, 185/268 total lumen, and a CRI of 90/80. Adorne Beyond Beige Legrand One of the latest interior design trends has been a return to soft, neutral palettes. Legrand has expanded the color options for their wall plates to include six new earth tones that are available in 1- to 6-gang sizes, which support up to 12 functions. Wink Modular Lighting Instruments Designed by Couvreur.Devos, the name is a cheeky nod to the often-comical ways in which a wink can be interpreted. The semirecessed fixture offers a symmetrical or asymmetrical lighting effect, with a wall-wash option. It is available in white or a black-grained finish. Decora Digital Controls Leviton Equipped with Bluetooth technology, the digital controls can be paired with an app to dim lights as well as program-timed events that can automatically adjust for sunrise and sunset times as well as daylight saving time. There is no need for a hub, gateway, or internet connection as all functions can be controlled with the use of a smartphone, tablet, or optional remote. Parco Bollard Hess America With its sleek curved design, Parco provides uniform illumination for pathways up to 10 feet wide. The bollard satisfies IES-recommended light levels and uniformity requirements for use in urban and commercial settings as well as LEED lighting zones. Ivalo Aliante Sconce Lutron Inspired by nautical elements, the minimalist fixture is available in 4- and 5-foot options that can be used in both interior and exterior spaces. It is now available in a 3,000 kilowatt color temperature, which allows for a whiter light, in addition to the 2,700 kilowatt and 3,500 kilowatt options.
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Product> Smart Thinking: Integrative Smart Building Products

Make both residential and commercial buildings energy and time efficient with these top-notch smart lighting, security, and all-in-one products. Piper NV Piper Keep an eye on your home or office at all times with the Piper NV, a versatile smart security system with 180 degree day-night vision, a two-way audio system, a HD panoramic camera, customizable alerts, and three security modes—home, away, and vacation. Piper NV comes in Raven Black or Polar White. DC-600E Integration Controller Mitsubishi Electric This multiuse controller allows the user to design, program, install, train, and follow-up on an integration process all with one device. With this controller, the user can manage heating, cooling, carbon monoxide, lighting, and water, all while saving energy and lowering costs. Daylight Dimmer Solatube New to the SkyVault Series, the switch-controlled, 29-inch-wide Daylight Dimmer distributes even amounts of natural light throughout commercial spaces. Outfitted with Solatube’s patented butterfly baffle, the dimmer reduces flares during both opening and closing. It’s compatible with any of the Solatube SkyVault products. Palladiom QS Lutron This wireless lighting and shading keypad is designed for hospitality environments. The keypad is equipped with adjustable and customizable backlit engraved text that can be brightened or dimmed as needed. The keypad comes in both rectangular and square shapes, and it’s available in ten architectural matte plastic finishes, 11 architectural metals, and a white glass finish. OS 2.8 Control4 Managing home security, entertainment, lighting, and HVAC systems from your smart phone is easier than ever with the new and improved OS 2.8 for Control4 devices. The OS 2.8 allows users to lock and unlock doors, open and close gates and garage doors, stream music, and access project data via the new dealer tools. MATCH D1MP AND MATCH D2MP Luxul Manage light settings and monitor energy consumption with these two metered smart switches. MATCH D1MP works with LED driver dimmers with phase dimming, while MATCH D2MP is compatible with LED driver dimmers with 0-10V dimming. Both switches feature a 120V/240V power supply and are operated via tablet or smartphone.
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Product> My Tech: Insightful Apps for Engineers and Architects

So much to know, and so little time.... Here's a pocketful of design and construction apps that will put you in control of the facts on concrete calcs and lighting schemes to entry systems and steel data. Penetron App Penetron For Android and iOS mobile devices, this app offers numerous advantages for on-site work. It features instant access to product data sheets (for application instructions) and a solutions guide for a vast number of technical issues. Additional functions include a product overview, a technology summary, a QR scanner for Penetron codes, and a calculator to estimate product quantities needed for a job. You've Arrived Ellison Bronze This tablet app allows users to easily explore the scope of Ellison Bronze balanced entry systems. Tap-to-zoom photography and text, video playback, and interactive features give an inside view of the mechanics, intricate door assemblies, and design possibilities available from the manufacturer. VisionREZ 2015 for Revit ITW The latest version of this program allows builders to collaborate with the supply chain, convey accurate design intent to all vendors and trade partners, generate precise quantity takeoffs, and create construction docs directly from a live model. New features include a User Definable Content Ribbon Insertion Tool, an Automated Residential Roof Solver, and Editor and Roof Trim Insertions tools. Energi Advisor Lutron With just basic information (such as the number of fixtures and controls, and space dimensions), this app performs a lighting audit, and produces project proposals, bills of material, and projected Return on Investment. The app is automatically updated, ensuring the the retrofit solution created uses the latest Lutron product information and energy calculations, ensuring more accurate proposals featuring wireless Lutron light controls. I.D. Wood Double Dog Studios I.D. Wood allows a user to quickly browse more than 200 wood samples visually, by species name, or by common name for quick identification. Other searchable categories include application, durability, and sustainable status. Steel Shapes The Mobile Engineer Now with the latest AISC v14.1 library, this app gathers together decades of steel shapes—more than 18,000 entries, modern and historic—in a fast, easy-to-use format. Every structural shape property contained in the AISC database is illustrated, accompanied by geometrical and mechanical properties, design and detailing values, and more. Conversion between metric and imperial units is made with the tap of a button.
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Product> Climate, Controlled: Top Heating & Cooling Products

These innovative, resource-conscious building products keep structures—and their occupants—comfortable while maximizing energy efficiency. ProSol TF+ Schüco This high-efficiency, thin-film photovoltaic module produces up to 30 percent more electrical output than conventional thin-film products, due to its tandem cell structure. High-Mass Radiant Heating/Cooling System Uponor In this hydronic radiant system, warm or cool water flows through cross-linked polyethylene tubing; flexible, it needs fewer connections and is approved for continuous hot-water recirculation. IceBank Thermal Energy Storage CALMAC Ice-cooled air produced with this thermal energy system shifts a building's cooling needs to off-peak hours. Comfy Building Robotics Web- and mobile-based software lets office workers warm or cool their specific locations, while fine-tuning the building's energy use and optimizing HVAC efficiency. VRF Zoning Systems Mitsubishi Electric Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning systems operate efficiently at partial-load conditions, helping to optimize energy savings and lower costs. Quantum Vue Lutron This mobile-friendly software lets facility managers monitor, analyze, and program all energy usage in a building, and ties all lighting and shade controls together.
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Product> Trade Secrets: Architects Share Their Product Picks

From Andre Kikoski to Leo Marmol to David Mullman, top architects spill the beans on their favorite products—glazing, surfaces, and finish materials. Lasvit Liquidkristal A molded-glass sheet suitable for interior and exterior applications, the relief pattern is continuous between panels. “In Sophie’s restaurant at Saks Fifth Avenue in Chicago, we installed a wall of digitally-engineered Liquidkristal by Lasvit. The optical effects of cascading ripples of glass create playful reflections, painterly distortions, and elegant abstract patterns that are beautiful in their subtlety and striking in their boldness.” —Andre Kikoski, Andre Kikoski Architect, New York City lutron_1of2 Lutron Dorma Digitally controlled commercial lighting-control and monitoring system. Compatible with dimming ballasts. “Lutron and its EcoSystem node allows for multiple lighting atmospheres that enable us to create unique spatial environments, while saving our clients money on their electrical bills.” —Ricardo Alvarez-Diaz, Alvarez-Diaz & Villalon Architecture and Interior Design, Miami/San Juan duravit_HappyD2_2of2 Duravit Happy D.2 Offered in pedestal, console, and surface-mounted models; with or without tap platform. “We love the simplicity and rounded corners of the Happy D.2 sink from Duravit. It has enough presence to stand on its own as a wall-mounted unit, but can sit happily atop an elegant modern vanity as well. It’s our go-to sink!” —Susan Doban, Doban Architecture, New York City health_ceramics_1of2 Heath Ceramics Sun Valley Bronze Seven in-stock collections of field, trim, and dimensional tile; custom orders accepted. LEED eligible. “We love the handcrafted, high-quality products that Heath creates; its wonderful tile adorns many of our projects, and we share a set of core design principles that celebrates the efficiency and elegance of modern design.” —Leo Marmol, Marmol Radziner, Los Angeles luceplan-trama-parete-soffitto-2 Luceplan Trama Available as suspension and ceiling/wall model, in 20-inch or 25-inch diameter. Aluminum with polycarbonate diffuser. “The Luceplan Trama fixture gives lots of beautiful light and it’s amazingly easy to change the bulb. For us, it’s often the vendor that is as significant as the product; nothing is more important than good service and help when you need it.” —David Mullman, Mullman Seidman Architects, New York City vorwerk Vorwerk Re/Cover Green SPVC-free, roll-based floor covering. High slip-resistance. Offered in 30 solid colors and patterns. LEED eligible. “Engineered textiles sourced from sustainable materials—like the Re/Cover line by Vorwerk—is what made us select Relative Space as a design partner at Barclays Center.” —Ayumi Sugiyama, SHoP Architects, New York City nawkaw Nawkaw LiTHIUM Concrete and Masonry Stains Suitable for use on masonry and pre-cast concrete surfaces, the stain is offered in 40 colors, as well as metallic and reflective finishes. “For exteriors where we can’t match the brick color or where some stucco or coating has been applied to the masonry, one of products that we like a lot these days is LiTHIUM by Nawkaw. It’s similar to paint, but it’s not a film; it actually forms a chemical bond with the surface of the masonry.” —Jerry Caldari, Bromley Caldari Architects, New York City hansgrohe_CromaGreenShowerpipe Hansgrohe Croma Green Showerpipe Assembly includes both Raindance S 150 AIR Green 1-jet showerhead and Croma E 100 Green 3-jet handshower. “In hotel renovations, we see a trend to replace the traditional bathtub with a shower. The Croma Green Showerpipe, with its all-in-one, outside-the-wall design is easy to install and service—things which are always a concern, especially in the hospitality sector. The handshower is not only great for guest bathing, but also ideal from a housekeeping perspective.” —Foreman Arden Rodgers, TVS Design, Atlanta
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Product> Six Green Products to Bring Your Project Positive Energy

These products will keep your next project from being an energy guzzler. Eddy Urban Green Energy At just six feet in height, the Eddy wind turbine features a dual axis design that evenly distributes horizontal and vertical forces along the length of the axis for durability. In moderate wind speeds, it produces approximately 750 kWh of solar-ready power. In addition to IEC-certification for Wind Turbine Safety, Noise Levels, and Power Performance, Eddy is also ISO and UL certified. RecoupAerator 2000DX UltimateAir This commercial-grade energy recovery ventilator (above) features a proprietary wheel design made up of hydroscopic and non-hydroscopic materials in a random fiber matrix media for increased surface area, resulting in finer filtration. With an airflow capacity of up to 2,000 CFM, its comparison between two air stream temperatures (apparent sensible effectiveness) has been rated at 96 percent. It is also MERV 12 compliant. WebCTRL Automated Logic This web-based building automation system integrates major electrical systems, mechanicals, backup generators, fire systems, and building elevators. The program can also generate work orders for building system maintenance, bills for tenant’s off-hours use, and real-time pricing structures. Energy use trend reports and thermographic floor plans also tie into effective conservation features, such as setpoint optimization, optimum start times, and short-term demand reduction. Parans Solar Lighting Wasco For interior spaces without access to natural light, there is the Parans Solar Lighting system. Solar receivers mounted on the exterior of a structure channel solar energy along thin, flexible fiber optic cables that can be wound through a building’s infrastructure. The light is expelled through specially designed luminaires that deliver all the illumination benefits of natural sunlight, without electricity. Quantum Total Light Management Lutron A single system and software umbrella regulates lighting controls, motorized window shades, digital ballasts, LED drivers, and sensors. An enhancement for solar adaptation—for abundant sunshine, cloudy weather, or shadowed windows—automatically adjusts shades to meet prevailing conditions. A monitoring system also sends email alerts in the instance of alarming events or triggers that can be addressed with an iPad application, available for download at the App Store. Solar PV Canopy System Duo-Gard A turn-key approach to photo-voltaic architectural canopies: Solar energy is harvested for charging and lighting energy, or configured for energy credits. A steel frame, fabricated in-house, features a three-coat polyurethane epoxy finish for durability. The continuous canopy can be specified in Charcoal Gray or Blue, and in a sloped or ridged style.
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Lutron Lights up the Empire State Building

When construction was completed on the Empire State Building (ESB) in 1931 it cost $25.6 million—that's just $9.20 per square foot. You can't even build a single floor for that nowadays, much less a 1,454-foot tall skyscraper (adjusting for inflation, the ESB would cost $352 million today). Though the building hosts events and tour groups, most of us only see it from the outside and don't realize that the reason it's known as the World's Most Famous Office Building is because tenants occupy the vast majority of its 102 floors. And like any other office building, lighting consumes the majority of its electrical costs—a whopping 39 percent. In order to meet their stringent return-on-investment requirements, Anthony Malkin, President of Malkin Holdings, which owns the ESB, and Jones Lang LaSalle, an energy and sustainability consultancy, commissioned Lutron to supply pre-built tenant spaces throughout the building with sustainable lighting control solutions as part of the Clinton Climate Initiative Building Retrofit program aimed at improving efficiency and financial performance. The building-wide retrofit is projected to provide a total lighting energy savings of up to 65 percent and a reduced installed payback period of just 2.75 years. Overall, the Lutron system will reduce energy use by 38 percent and energy bills by $4.4 million per year. Moreover, the upgrade will prevent an estimated 105,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions over the next 15 years. The concept is simple: use less light, less often. Just as automatic faucets solved the problem of people forgetting to turn the water off at the sink, automatic sensors in Lutron's wireless lighting system turn lights off when a room is unoccupied. They also dim the lights according to the amount of daylight in a room so tenant spaces aren't over-lit and only use as much light as is necessary. "It's not about going without," said Lutron's President, Michael Pessina, "it's about not spending for what you don't need." It works like this: An occupancy/vacancy sensor is installed in the ceiling and/or in the corners of the room. In test mode you can check to make sure the sensor can reach the entire room and there aren't any dead spots. The sensors, which track motion and temperature and control both lighting and HVAC systems, offer three levels of sensitivity, from basic body movement to small, isolated actions like typing on a keyboard. The sensors are operated by small remotes and dimmers that can be attached to the wall like a standard light switch or left free to be used at your desk, couch, meeting area, etc. The sensors can be customized to power on and off automatically or to be powered on by the user and powered off automatically with various time-out times. In the Empire State Building, where overall usage is metered, tenants also have the option to install sub-metering units that allow them to monitor their energy consumption in real-time and make adjustments to consume less and, ultimately, pay less on their monthly bills. "It sounds basic," said Lutron's ESB project lead Tom Myers, "but making sure lights are only on when people need them is a big deal in terms of savings." As you would expect, Lutron's Manhattan office is equipped with all the bells and whistles, including a wall-mounted LCD TV where energy consumption is tracked in real time and adjustments can be made with an iPad application. Large windows that offer an impressive view of the city (which, in case you were wonderings, includes the ESB) are fitted with automatic shades programmed to raise and lower according to the amount of daylight in the room. You've probably seen motorized shading systems that aren't completely accurate and, over time, don't line up with one another anymore, but unlike many such systems on the market, Lutron's motor is not only completely silent, it's guaranteed to stop within ⅛" of its programmed level so each shade is always perfectly in line. While the projected energy savings for ESB retrofit are impressive, more impressive still is the ease of installing the wireless set-up. It literally takes just 12 seconds to program a sensor and its corresponding switch. More switches can be synced to the same sensor, adding a mere six seconds apiece to the installation time. Because rewiring is difficult and labor intensive, especially in buildings over eighty years old, Lutron's easy to install wireless system minimizes disturbance in retrofits. Wireless lighting technology streamlines construction on new projects, too, and cuts the cost of materials (no wires or pipes) and labor overall. While Anthony Malkin is in high spirits about the energy savings of Lutron's "state-of-the-art, cost-effective and architecturally beautiful" system in terms of the savings it will bring to his own properties, he seemed genuinely excited about what it could mean for the future of building in general. "If we only succeed at the Empire State Building" he said, "we have failed." See Lutron's collection and find out why their innovative products "save the nation nearly 10 billion kWh of electricity, or approximately $1 billion in utility costs, per year."