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ETC drives greener lighting practices

8 October 2008 12.20 BST

(Europe) - On a product level, ETC is striving to develop greener, more energy conscious lighting solutions.

The company’s environmental policy is ‘committed to fostering a healthy, safe and sustainable global environment’. ETC meets or exceeds compliance with the WEEE directive – practising proper recycling of all products, including the disposal of electrical equipment. Within the ETC factory, reusable containers are used instead of disposable ones that produce further waste.

The new ETC architectural line, the Unison Paradigm lighting control
system, was engineered to regulate energy: detecting occupancy in rooms and automatically lowering light levels in vacant spaces, operating on a programmable timed event schedule, and through ‘daylight harvesting’ – a light-detection capability that lowers electric lighting levels in response to incoming natural light.

ETC’s Source Four luminaires are known globally for their energy
efficiency. The Source Four spotlight has become the most efficient
tungsten fixture for entertainment lighting – given its patented
high-performance lamp (HPL) and dichroic ellipsoidal technology. ETC’s 575W Source Four luminaires shine as brightly as competitors’ 750W units. ETC also produces a full range of Source Four HID fixtures with high-intensity-discharge lamps that last up to 10,000 hours longer than other lamps, while maintaining over 90% efficiency.

ETC’s products and systems are helping customers and their buildings achieve the distinguished Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating. The largest LEED building, the silver certified new Palazzo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, is equipped with ETC’s Unison system as well as over 100 Source Four luminaires. The Grand Rapids Art Museum, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the first art museum to achieve Gold LEED certification, also benefits from green minded Unison control.

ETC has even gone greener in its own back yard: the recent 78,000 sq ft (7,200 sq m) extension at the company’s Wisconsin headquarters was designed to minimise its environmental impact. Paradigm is used throughout the headquarters to maximise energy efficiencies, and thick, heavy duty metal panels were chosen to reduce excess material consumption. Software connected to the factory’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system regulates energy use during peak hours to reduce overall energy consumption. ETC also installed a loading bay equipped with an air lock to prevent temperature-regulated air loss. Doors, windows, and even asphalt materials were recycled during the construction process. The extension uses electricity-frugal fluorescent lighting and contains eight huge skylights for optimal natural lighting – reducing need for electric light.

ETC’s property too is greener than ever, recently re-landscaped with
almost 170 newly planted trees that will surround the headquarters with a canopy of natural dimming. ETC is also reducing future paper waste internally. The company has started a huge effort toward a ‘paperless office’, in which all paper records are electronically archived. The project will take over a year to complete and will convert over three million pages of data into electronic format. All existing paper will be recycled.

Even ETC’s 2009 product catalogue is eco-friendly. The cover is made from 100% recovered cotton from textile factory waste, and the catalogue’s pages are made of FSC-certified paper – 30% recycled fibre and chlorine free pulp from timber managed forests.





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