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AIA Announces the Winners of the 2018 COTE Top Ten Projects Awards

Today, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced the winners of the 2018 COTE Top Ten Projects Awards, which are conferred by the AIA's Committee on the Environment. Each year, the program recognizes 10 projects that integrate design excellence and environmental performance, with one winner being elevated to COTE Top Ten Plus—an indication of exemplary proven energy performance and post-occupancy lessons.

The 2018 winners include nine commercial projects—ranging from an architecture office, to schools, to civic structures—and one single-family house. The projects are located in eight different cities, with a variety of climactic conditions.

The 2018 jury included Michelle Addington, School of Architecture, the University of Texas Austin, Austin, Texas; Jennifer Devlin-Herbert, FAIA, EHDD, San Francisco; Kevin Schorn, AIA, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, New York; Julie Snow, FAIA, Snow Kreilich, Minneapolis; M. Susan Ubbelohde, Loisos + Ubbelohde, Alameda, Calif.

Hesburgh Library Scholars Lounge (University of Notre Dame), IN

The tailored simplicity of 34” Drum Pendants using Lumenate® in Slate with top and bottom diffusers, worked well in clustering. This style embodied the clean aesthetic the lighting specifier sought and were equipped with dimmable native-LED lumens package. Lumetta also provided considerable material options and a commensurate level of fit & finish.

Multi-channel SSL system enhances health and wellbeing in residential retrofit - Part 1

Tunable lighting and programmatic controls can deliver a natural-light experience in a residential setting that enhances human wellbeing. In Part 1 of a series, MAURY WRIGHT explains the technology deployed in an actual home remodel for a resident that suffers from heightened sensitivity to light and sleep issues.

Integrating the internet of things and lighting design

The Eaton’s Lighting Division team spoke with Tec Studio’s Ardra Zinkon, CLD, IALD, on how lighting can be used to integrate IoT connectivity into many applications.

PoE Pays Dividends Through Data

H.E. Williams, Inc. has been a traditional hard goods manufacturer for close to 100 years. “Turning sheet steel and aluminum into these nice, highly finished lighting products,” says Randy Jones, Engineering Manager at Williams.

But for years, Williams has also been putting various types of control devices — whether a power supply or occupancy sensor—into fixtures, as a way to bring controllability to the space and create additional energy savings. That was good for the time being, but their engineers and product developers also saw the next big innovation coming down the pike: how power over ethernet and lighting could peacefully coexist.

“The reason we’ve jumped on this train with PoE is because it’s low voltage. LED is low voltage by its nature, and DC, so it’s kind of a natural fit electrically. Plus, the push for smart buildings–that drumbeat is getting louder and louder.”