The Lighting Landscape: Errigo, Ford, and Leonard

Lighting is one of the largest energy consumers in the commercial-facility world. Led by LEDs, the lighting landscape has changed dramatically in the past three or four years. For this Commercial Conversation, Ron Runkles and Doug Baillie at NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association, Arlington, VA), have assembled a panel of experts to talk about lighting technology, how it’s changed, how it will change, and the overall impact of this change on energy usage and lighting quality. Click here to download the podcast mp3 file.

The panel consists of David Errigo, LumenOptix LLC; Cheryl Ford, OSRAM Sylvania; and Tom Leonard, Leviton.

    David Errigo, LumenOptix LLC

    David Errigo, LumenOptix LLC

  • David Errigo is a vertical sales manager for LumenOptix LLC, Montgomeryville, PA, with more than 10 years of lighting experience. His current responsibilities include developing and supporting the ESCO channel nationwide for LumenOptix.
  • Cheryl Ford, OSRAM Sylvania

    Cheryl Ford, OSRAM Sylvania

  • Cheryl Ford is a marketing manager for OSRAM SYLVANIA, Danvers, MA. She has more than 30 years of lighting experience, has held various positions in engineering, marketing and sales, and is a NCQLP lighting certified professional. Her current responsibilities include product launch, sales collateral development, website messaging, training, and trade show support. She is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.
  • Tom Leonard, Leviton Lighting and Electrical Solutions

    Tom Leonard, Leviton Lighting and Energy Solutions

  • Tom Leonard is vice president of Marketing & Product Management at Leviton Lighting & Energy Solutions, Portland. Tom is a 25-year veteran of the electrical, lighting, and control industry and has developed and holds multiple patents on lighting controls for energy conservation. He is active in numerous lighting control trade and technical organizations.

Drive Energy Costs Down With Building Automation: Kevin Callahan

Kevin Callahan, Alerton

Kevin Callahan, Alerton

Kevin Callahan is a product marketing manager for Alerton, Redmond, WA. He has 38 years of experience in the building control technologies field, including control systems design and commissioning, facilities management and user training. He is an integral member of Alerton’s R&D teams, and is responsible for all aspects of the company’s recently introduced Ascent Compass software, developed using the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe). In Commercial Conversation podcast #15 we talk about the current state of building-automation technology, how it’s being used in a variety of commercial buildings, and what lies ahead for this important part of the energy equation. Click here to download the podcast mp3 file.
To learn more about building-automation technology, use the following resources:


 

Controlling Hospital Sound: Gary Madaras

Gary Madaras, PhD, director of the Making Hospitals Quiet program.

Gary Madaras, PhD, director of the Making Hospitals Quiet program.

Commercial Conversation podcast #14 is with Gary Madaras, director of the Making Hospitals Quiet program at Rockfon, Milton, Ontario, Canada. Madaras is based at Rockfon, Chicago. He has 18 years of broad experience in the building industry as an acoustician, architect, educator, and innovator of building products. As director of the ‘Making Hospitals Quiet’ program, he leads a team of soundscape specialists addressing the noise problem that plagues U.S. hospitals. His work in acoustics has earned Dr. Madaras the Robert B. Newman Award for Merit in Architectural Acoustics and a research award from the Institute of Noise Control Engineering. In this podcast he discusses sound issues faced by hospitals and what is being done to address them. Click here to download the podcast mp3 file.
To learn more about hospital acoustics, use the following resources:


 

Breaking New Ground With Geothermal: Jay Egg

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Jay Egg, president and founder of Egg Geothermal.

Jay Egg, president and founder of Egg Geothermal.

Our 13th Commercial Conversation is with Jay Egg, president and founder of Egg Geothermal, Kissimmee, FL. Jay is a consultant and designer of geothermal HVAC systems, in addition to being author of two books and several articles on the subject. In this podcast he offers his insights into geothermal technology and the role it can play in commercial facilities by providing improved indoor air quality and energy savings on several fronts. Click here to download the podcast mp3 file.
To learn more about geothermal technology and the many benefits it offers, use the following resources:


 

Glass For Interior Spaces, Diane Turnwall

Diane Turnwall, Guardian Industries talks about using glass for interior design.

Diane Turnwall, Guardian Industries talks about using glass for interior design.

Our twelfth Commercial Conversation is with Diane Turnwall, market segment director for interiors at glass manufacturer Guardian Industries, Auburn Hills, MI. Diane has 25 years of experience developing marketing strategies for interior related companies such as Haworth and Steelcase. Diane is joining us for this podcast to discuss the use of glass to define interior spaces, deliver daylight to interior spaces, and as art and wayfinding devices. Click here to download the podcast mp3 file.
   To learn more about using glass, read an article, written by Diane, that appears in the October issue of Commercial Building Products:
“Interiors Lighten Up,” Commercial Building Products, October 2012
   This link will take you to the USGB’s LEED for Commercial Interiors page:
LEED for Commercial Interiors website page
   For more information about interior design in general, visit this American Society of Interior Designers Knowledge Center website:
ASID Knowledge Center

Windows and Building Types, Mike Turner

Mike Turner, AAMA board member and vice president of marketing at YKK AP America, Inc.

Our 11th Commercial Conversation is with Mike Turner, vice president of marketing at YKK AP America Inc., Austell, GA. Mike is also a board member of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), Schaumburg, IL, the TaskGroup Chairman for BIM Initiatives at AAMA, a member of the Codes and Regulatory Affairs Committee at AAMA, and a member of the International Code Council. Click here to download the podcast mp3 file. In the coming weeks you’ll also be able to use iTunes to download the podcasts.
   In this podcast, we discuss factors that affect how fenestration is specified for building types such as restaurants, hotels, healthcare facilities, and offices. This podcast is a companion to Mike Turner’s article about factors that affect fenestration specification in various regions of the country. The article appears on page 13 of the Jan/Feb issue of Commercial Building Products. It can also be viewed in the digital version of the Jan/Feb issue. The digital version of the magazine will be available Feb. 8 at http://www.cbpmagazine.com/digital/janfeb2013


 

Sustainability and Its Future, Gale Tedhams

Gale Tedhams, director of sustainability, Owens Corning, Toledo, OH.

Our tenth Commercial Conversation is with Gale Tedhams, director of sustainability for Owens Corning, Toledo, OH. She leads the company’s global sustainability strategy, focusing on product and supply chain sustainability and communication of Owens Corning’s commitment to sustainability for strategy integration, marketing, and external information.
   Gale is an environmental engineer with a civil-engineering degree from Michigan State University, Lansing. Before joining the sustainability organization she was product and program manager in the Insulating Systems business for Owens Corning.
   In this podcast, Gale discusses what she’s seeing/experiencing in the sustainable-construction arena, specifically with LEED, Green Globes, the Int’l Green Construction Code (IgCC), and the BioPreferred program. She also shares insights into what is happening in the zero-energy building world.
   Click here to download the podcast mp3 file. (Note: If your browser (Firefox) doesn’t automatically play the podcast, right click on the link and download the file to your desktop. Double-clicking on the downloaded file will open it in your mp3 player, bypassing the browser.)
   Below are links links to sustainable-construction websites to help you further explore these programs:

Making Laboratories Work for Today’s Research, Jay Brotman

Jay Brotman, AIA and partner at Svigals + Partners, New Haven, CT.

Our ninth Commercial Conversation is with architect Jay Brotman, a partner at Svigals & Partners, New Haven, CT, a full-service architecture firm that specializes in education, laboratory, master planning, corporate, and residential projects. Jay is a graduate of the School of Architecture at Univ. of Texas, Austin. and has more than 20 years of experience planning and designing laboratories of all types and has generously provided some time to discuss laboratory design trends.Jay’s work in laboratory planning and design has spanned more than 20 years. Most recently he led the project team on the Park Street Clinical Laboratory building, a 160,000-sq.-ft. facility providing complete lab and pharmaceutical services to the adjacent Smilow Cancer Hospital. Throughout the past several years, Jay has been invited to speak at a variety of conferences on topics such as sustainable design and has co-authored articles on innovative laboratory design for Lab Manager and ALN magazines.
   In this podcast, Jay discusses the role of sustainability in laboratory construction; trends in lighting, HVAC, and working-space design\; and a couple of his more interesting projects. Click here to download the podcast mp3 file(Note: If your browser (Firefox) doesn’t automatically play the podcast, right click on the link and download the file to your desktop. Double-clicking on the downloaded file will open it in your mp3 player, bypassing the browser.)
   Below are links to two resources that you can use to learn more about laboratory design:

Expanding the Architect’s Role: Debra Kunce

Debra Kunce, Schmidt Associates, Indianapolis

In our eighth Commercial Conversation podcast we welcome Debra Kunce, associate at Schmidt Associates Inc., Indianapolis, to talk with us about how the firm at which she works has changed its approach and weathered/prospered during the recent economic downturn. Debra earned bachelor degrees in architecture and environmental design from Ball State University, Muncie, IN. Her work has been in traditional practice and currently in program management, serving clients through the execution of large capital programs. She is also responsible for the strategic and daily coordination of the Schmidt Strategies division and is a LEED Accredited Professional. She also serves the American Institute of Architects as vice president.
   In this podcast, Debra describes how Schmidt Associates has changed its view of the architect’s/architectural firm’s role in projects and how the resulting program-management approach has changed how they do business and the success of that business. As you listen, you will receive an entire plateful of food for thought that very well could change how you think about your role and the role of your firm in its marketplace. Click here to download the podcast mp3 file(Note: If your browser (Firefox) doesn’t automatically play the podcast, right click on the link and download the file to your desktop. Double-clicking on the downloaded file will open it in your mp3 player, bypassing the browser.)
   Shown below are some images of various Indianapolis public schools that were handled with Schmidt’s program-management approach. Here is Debra’s description of how the overall project was handled: “As program managers, we developed a standard elementary school program to serve 600 students. The architects (denoted below each photo) took the standard internal program and developed six different buildings that fit each neighborhood’s context. It gave Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) standardization within the building and unique character on the exteriors. These six elementary school projects set the tone for IPS’s initiative to improve more than 25 neighborhoods in the city. Old, outdated buildings that did not meet today’s educational standards were demolished and replaced with these new buildings, outfitted with technology in each classroom, and equipped with air conditioning (neither technology nor air conditioning existed in the previous old buildings). All students stayed on site in their original buildings during construction and were excited to see the daily construction progress of their new schools. Several teachers incorporated our construction progress into their lesson plans and students and teachers were allowed to visit the sites at appropriate times.”

IPS School 34 by SchenkelShultz Architects, Ft. Wayne, IN

IPS School 54 by URS Corp., Indianapolis

IPS School 51 by Domain Architecture, Indianapolis

IPS School 44 by Interdesign, Indianapolis

IPS School 43 by Blackburn Architects, Indianapolis

IPS School 63 by CSO Architects, Indianapolis

Below are interior shots from some of the Indianapolis Public Schools projects.

New kindergarten classroom

Renovated classroom

Example of classroom equipped with new technology

Why NFPA 285 is Important with Herbert Slone

Herbert Slone, Owens Corning

For our seventh Commercial Conversation podcast we welcome back Herbert Slone, registered architect and technical manager of commercial building for Owens Corning, Toledo, OH. With more than 30 years in construction and 26 years in the insulation industry he is responsible for system development, including architectural specifications, fire, structural and wind testing, building code approvals, codes and standards development, and energy analysis. Slone has authored numerous professional articles and AIA/CES educational programs on building construction, fire-rated systems, and energy-code compliance. Prior to joining Owens Corning, Slone worked as an architect, building code official, and taught codes and standards in the Kent State University College of Architecture and Environmental Design.
In this podcast, Herbert discusses NFPA 285, what’s involved in the testing, and what it means in terms of wall structure and architectural specification. If you’re specifying exterior walls, this podcast and Slone’s article in the June issue of Commercial Building Products will help you get off on the right foot. Click here to download the podcast mp3 file(Note: If your browser (Firefox) doesn’t automatically play the podcast, right click on the link and download the file to your desktop. Double-clicking on the downloaded file will open it in your mp3 player, bypassing the browser.) Also, be sure to take advantage of the resources provided below.

Resources
To help better help you understand NFPA 285, take advantage of the following resources:

Additional resources from Owens Corning