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Acuity Brands Joins Volunteer Initiative to Build Green Schools

July 17, 2012

Phoenix schoolhouses will be LEED certified and feature Acuity Brands Smart + Simple Solutions for School Lighting

As part of its initiative to promote and deliver high-performance school lighting, Acuity Brands, Inc continues its support of the Green Schoolhouse Series, which has broken ground on its second project in Phoenix.

The self-described “studio-themed” addition to the Orangewood School is a state-of-the-art schoolhouse, designed to achieve Platinum status under the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard. Orangewood School is a K-8 school in the Washington Public School District.

“Acuity Brands is proud to continue to be a flagship sponsor to help create schoolhouses in Arizona,” said Tim Hogan, Acuity Brands Lighting Vice President for Education Solutions. “Our Smart + Simple Solutions integrate electric lighting, daylighting, and controls to both improve the learning environment and help reduce the overall long-term cost of the structure.”

The 6,000 square-foot “studio-themed” school features the full breadth of the Acuity Brands lighting and controls portfolio, including advanced indoor and outdoor lighting using both LED and traditional high-efficiency fluorescent light sources, together with integrated controls.

Acuity Brands provided Lithonia Lighting®, Mark Architectural Lighting™ and Peerless® general indoor ambient luminaires, as well as Gotham® and Winona® Lighting architectural and accent lighting. Lithonia Lighting and Hydrel® outdoor LED solutions enhance visibility for occupants before and after school hours. And, Sunoptics® skylights are integral components of the lighting and daylighting harvesting design strategy.

“The building maximizes functionality and minimizes energy use through Sensor Switch®  controls, sensors and switches, enabled by nLight® technology, that integrate the building’s lighting and control operations,” said Hogan. “The school also features Lithonia Lighting emergency and exit lighting and RELOC® modular wiring products.”

“Studio” is the second in the series of green schoolhouses that features lighting and controls solutions by Acuity Brands. The program strives to educate students and community members about the importance of sustainable living and building practices. The building features a STEM-devoted (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) classroom, rainwater harvesting capabilities, interactive white boards and an indoor/outdoor amphitheater.

The state-of-the-art school facility was designed by the architecture firm Emc2 Group Architects Planners, PC, with construction being completed by Kitchell. Engineering services are being provided by Heideman Associates, a Zak Company; Larson Engineering; and Olsson Associates.



Acuity Brands Opens New State-of-the-Art Daylighting Training Center as Part of Newly Renovated Sunoptics Facility

July 12, 2012

12,000 square-foot building expansion allows customers to explore the performance and energy-saving benefits of integrated daylighting

Acuity Brands, Inc. announces the opening of its renovated Sunoptics® facility and new Daylighting University training center located in Sacramento, CA. The new offices and training facility provide an opportunity for industry professionals to explore the benefits of daylighting. The facility features a 1,600 square foot daylighting training center where Sunoptics will host its Daylighting University, which offers monthly training seminars and opportunities for customer presentations.

“In February 2011, Acuity Brands, Inc. acquired Sunoptics with the vision of providing customers with a complete lighting solution – electric lighting, natural lighting and lighting controls,” said Grant Grable, Acuity Brands Lighting Vice President, and Value Stream Leader for Sunoptics. “Expanding this facility not only supports the growth of Sunoptics® products, but also provides a state-of-the-art, fully integrated daylighting training center to better educate architects, specifiers, lighting designers and building owners on integrated daylighting design.”

Training seminar attendees explore multiple daylighting, electric lighting and controls solutions from Acuity Brands that focus on performance and energy savings. Coursework showcases daylighting solutions for suspended-ceiling applications, including applications in classrooms, offices and manufacturing spaces.

For more information, please contact an Acuity Brands representative or visit

Win an Amazon Kindle 3G Wireless e-Reader!

September 30, 2011

What’s black and white and green all over? It might be the Amazon Kindle 3G you win after visiting Acuity Brands at the 2011 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Toronto, October 4-7.

Amazon Kindle 3GCome see the best intelligent lighting, controls and daylighting solutions in the industry and how they help reduce energy consumption by tremendous amounts over traditional lighting. The Acuity Brands booth is no. 1819N. Say the word “artichoke” and register to win one of five Amazon Kindle 3G e-readers.

For contest rules, visit this Web site.

Sunoptics Expands Existing-Roofing Daylighting Solutions

September 27, 2011

SEAMLIGHT by SunopticsThanks to Sunoptics, maker of high-performance prismatic daylighting, you can directly instal daylighting onto existing industrial standing-seam roofing systems with the new SEAMLIGHT Curbless Daylighting System. It delivers optimal lighting performance but its installation process doesn’t interfere with the structural integrity of industrial low-slope standing seam metal roofing systems.

Pair it with one of Acuity Brands’ indoor intelligent control systems, including Sensor Switch, Synergy Lighting Controls or Lighting and Control Design, and you get the extreme in energy savings.

Sunoptics high-performance prismatic skylights optimize indoor daylighting performance with a patented dome construction designed to capture more light at low sun angles. This maximizes the amount of light transmittance while maintaining 100% diffusion and eliminating undesirable hot spots, glare and UV damage.

LIGHTFAIR via YouTube: Almost Like Being There

May 24, 2011

Couldn’t make the LIGHTFAIR International show? Join the Acuity Brands LIGHTFAIR team on YouTube! We’ve uploaded highlights from our LIGHTFAIR adventure on our YouTube channel. Here are the top five videos:

1) Peter Ngai and Jeannine Fisher explain OLED lighting:

2) Megan Kessler shows us what’s new at Peerless Lighting

3) Tamar Williamson talks all about Holophane

4) Steve Lydecker explains the beauty of lighting controls

5) Grant Grable talks about daylighting and Sunoptics

6 Reasons to Consider Sunoptics Prismatic Skylights

March 11, 2011

For the past two weeks we’ve told you quite a bit about Sunoptics Prismatic Skylights. Here’s a summary of the Sunoptics benefits:

  1. Sunoptics Prismatic Skylights have the highest performance and light transmittance of any standard domed skylight in the marketplace.
  2. All Sunoptics double- and triple-glazed skylights come standard with an insulated, condensation-resistant, thermally broken frame with integrated exterior weeping wells.
  3. Sunoptics has the exclusive Signature Series Dome.
  4. Sunoptics extrudes and thermally forms all of our own plastic and prismatic sheets.
  5. Sunoptics offers the exclusive Daylighting Photometric Lab.
  6. Sunoptics is a company committed to a purpose.

Paired with lighting control systems, such as those from Lighting Control & Design, you reduce your building’s energy consumption and maximize your savings as well as the comfort of building occupants.