Human Centric Lighting
We have highlighted the benefits of green building standards in previous blogs including The WELL Building Standard: The Future of Modern Design and Going Green with LEED. Now, a report from the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) makes the business case for green buildings that contain health and wellbeing features such as enhanced fresh air ventilation, an increase of daylight penetration and the use of biophilic design elements. Findings cited in the report include reduced employee absenteeism, minimized operating costs and employees that felt more productive and healthier after these features were added.
The connection between natural light and health, well-being and productivity are widely known. However, in today’s society where the majority of people spend up to 90% of their time indoors, it is often hard to reap the benefits of natural light.
Driving in a 24-hour car race surely tests a driver’s fortitude. These day and night racing events are grueling. Weather is unpredictable and the pace of the cars can exceed over 200 mph. When darkness comes, the drivers don’t slow down—they continue to rocket through the track.
Massachusetts has one of the largest concentrations of entrepreneurs, emerging and leading tech companies, top-tier academic institutions and students, world-class venture capitalists, incubators, and an eco-system of supporting service providers in the world. Boston TechJam is a showcase and accelerator for new ideas and world-class innovations coming out of the Boston, MA region. The annual event kicks off the summer and brings everyone in the tech ecosystem together to exchange ideas and celebrate the region’s technology, entrepreneurship and culture. Music, food trucks, local brews and ciders, and cool technology were center stage on June 14th on Boston’s City Hall Plaza.
This was OSRAM’s first time participating at Boston TechJam.
The WELL Building StandardTM (WELLTM) is aimed at advancing building concepts that help people work, live, perform and feel their best. It is an evidence-based, science-backed rating system that puts people at the center of design decisions by measuring, certifying and monitoring aspects of the built environment as they impact occupants. WELL is considered the future of modern design.
World-class athletic competitions held at night are pretty unusual. Once the sun slips beyond the horizon, the athlete’s performance curves slip -- a consequence of evolution. What are athletes supposed to do? They have to compete at their highest levels at the very time when their bodies are preparing for a night of slumber.
The commercial real estate (CRE) industry is ever-evolving with new technologies, regulations, and workplace issues all influencing change. Here is an overview of five CRE trends that we believe strongly impact the market. Smart lighting plays a vital role in each.
The human body reacts to sunlight and darkness by releasing hormones that direct our internal clock, known as our circadian system. Disturbing our internal clock can affect our ability to perform or concentrate and literally puts us at risk for a host of diseases. Recent research indicates that building occupants’ circadian rhythm can be disturbed when they spend long hours indoors without access to the Earth’s natural lighting cycle.
It’s that time of the year! It’s time for our annual prediction list of top commercial lighting trends for the coming year.
Those that made our top 5 list for 2018 have broad impact across the commercial lighting industry. Each highlights how technology-driven the industry has become and indicates the direction we see lighting systems take as part of the broader smart building and IoT world. It’s going to be an exciting year!