Organic Response is Changing Interior Lighting

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Rob Freeman
Vice President
September 29, 2014

New Smart lighting technology from Down Under fulfills Interior Lighting credits in LEED v4.

Organic Response's smart lighting technology is another step forward in LEED lighting.
Organic Response's smart lighting technology is another step forward in LEED lighting.
Credit: Organic Response

When it comes to the Internet of Things (IOT), manufacturers and technology mavens aren’t the only ones paying attention – green building professionals are getting involved as well.

For example, the points available through LEED BD+C IEQ credit Interior Lighting are affected by new developments in smart lighting technologies and devices like those crafted by the innovative (and soon-to-go-global) Organic Response.

Imagine a building where each individual light operates autonomously, automatically reacting to both human presence and shifts in ambient lighting... Well, that's the idea behind Organic Response lighting.

For the Melbourne-based technology firm, such a light savvy future is here. Their wireless lighting control system aims to revolutionize green building, applying nature-inspired concepts to the world of manufactured lighting. Check out their phenomenal video below:

LEED IEQ credit "Interior Lighting" aims to promote occupants' productivity, comfort and well being by providing high quality lighting. The goal is to maximize lighting efficiency within a building without compromising occupants’ visibility levels. There are two options for achieving two (2) points in this credit: Option 1: Lighting Control (1 Point) and Option 2: Lighting Quality (1 Point).

Organic Response’s individual sensor nodes work symbiotically through infrared technology to do both of these things without the need for human interaction. In other words, while the IEQ stipulations still contemplate the days of “light switches,” Organic Response is able to function completely autonomously or through a smart phone app (Note: Their system is still operable with the use of light switched.)

The result? As described on their website: “Comfortable lighting conditions around all occupants, lower light levels in areas adjacent to them, but importantly no wasted lighting of unoccupied or naturally lit areas.”

Perhaps most exciting for LEED projects is the ease of installation. Because the system is completely wireless, the costs are dramatically reduced and it can easily be leveraged in a retrofit of an existing building (and it already has been in 25 buildings throughout Australia and Europe). Through such a concept, LEED v4 projects pursuing "Interior Lighting" should be able to achieve 2 points, one for each strategy.

Such simplistic complexity and powerful functionality make this technology an extremely attractive opportunity for green building and construction. It’s no wonder they’re looking at a forward order of $2.8 million and a doubly robust customer pipeline beyond.

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