By Joel Scanlon
With the goal of obtaining LEED Gold certification, Harvard University embarked on the task of renovating Fogg Art Museum. The 201,000 square-foot, multi-year renovation venture is scheduled to be completed by 2014.
Utilizing power-saving, low-voltage, LED-backed FLEX SLS Site Lighting System’s temporary jobsite light fixtures, Clear-Vu accompanied by contractor Skansa collected the LEED Innovation in Design Credit (ID) right in the earlier stages of the undertaking. Pioneering and extraordinary accomplishments that are beyond the scope specified by LEED Green Building rating system gain ID credits from The United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
The business development head of Clear-Vu Lighting, a new business arm of a 50-year-old injection molding company, claimed that this was probably the first time that the USGBC gave away the ID credit for lighting. In the application for ID credit, Skansa claimed that utilization of the new LED lighting system would bring an expected power saving of 75% over two years on the Harvard project besides lower gas emissions.
In addition, LEDs do not contain mercury. Cost cutting to the tune of about 350,000 dollars was also pre-determined with the LED lighting in comparison with traditional lighting. Seeing the success of the LED lighting system in the Harvard venture, an executive at Skansa is advocating the use of the same in all the company’s future jobs. According to him, the low voltage, low maintenance, higher grade of light, low temperature operation and other such features make this a safe option on sites as well, thus alleviating site supervisors’ burden of providing proper temporary lighting in sites and also making it safe.