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Lighting control helps public building achieve ‘outstanding’ status

Joe Bush, Editor

14/10/2013

Tags: Lighting

Topics: Lighting

Harvard Engineering has supplied its market leading CoolLED drivers to the first public building in the UK to achieve ‘outstanding’ BREEAM status.

Brent Civic Centre is a multi-purpose built facility next to Wembley Stadium and Wembley Arena - built to streamline the council’s activities by providing office space for 2,000 staff whilst also offering a destination for the community to meet, shop and eat.

Approximately 2,800 of Harvard’s CoolLED drivers have been installed in the soaring foyer and atrium, running GE Infusion modules in DAL luminaires and will help the building achieve an estimated 33% reduction in carbon emissions. Harvard created a special variant, the DualDim CLR50 1,400mA open frame driver specifically for the project, and carried out over a month of thermal and EMC tests due to the specific thermal requirements of the centre.

Rasib Khan, engineering director at Harvard Engineering, commented, “We were really pleased to have been chosen to supply our CoolLED drivers to such a prestigious new building. This project showcases our CoolLED drivers’ energy saving capabilities, as well as our capabilities at Harvard to produce special custom variants of products to suit specific applications. Our team spent over four weeks customising and testing the drivers to ensure that all the specific efficiency and thermal levels were met by the drivers within this application.”

The new Brent Civic Centre also features solar shading, natural ventilation, high performance façade, combined cooling, and heating and power which utilises waste fish oil, making it the most sustainable local authority building to be built in the UK.

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