Lutron Electronics receives LEED Gold Certification with building and lighting controls at Toronto Experience Center

Oct. 13, 2015
Coopersburg, PA – Lutron Electronics, the leader in energy-saving, wireless shade and lighting controls, recently received the coveted Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold certification for its Toronto Experience Center and Commercial Specification office. Awarded by the Canada Green Building Council, LEED is the world’s most widely used and recognized green building rating system.
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The 2,500 sq. ft. Experience Center, located in Markham, Ontario, just outside Toronto, was evaluated according to LEED Canada for Commercial Interiors. Certification was awarded based on five environmental categories including: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality.

Lutron lighting controls can contribute toward important LEED certification points in six of the seven credit categories. This project was recognized for its exemplary performance for several efficiencies, including:

• a water use reduction of more than 40 percent
• compliance with ASHRAE 90.1-2004
• a 25 percent reduction in installed interior lighting power density beyond ASHRAE 90.1-2004
• the use of more than 90 percent of Energy Star eligible equipment and appliances
• incorporation of five percent of construction materials from rapidly renewable sources

“Lutron’s Toronto Experience Center is the first of the company’s showrooms to be located outside of the U.S. and joins the company’s Washington D.C. and One Penn Plaza (NYC) Experience Centers as LEED Gold certified spaces,” said Peter Saccomanno, Sales Vice-President-North America at Lutron Electronics Canada Inc. “These showrooms are impeccably designed to showcase how the very best in lighting and shading systems will help create a more sustainable space.”

Canada was recently recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council as the top country outside of the U.S. that uses LEED. There are now more than 4,800 LEED-registered and LEED-certified projects representing 63.31 million GSM of LEED space in Canada.

"Congratulations to Lutron for this LEED Gold certification. Buildings that are sustainable and respectful of the environment have become an exemplary practice. I congratulate the company for its determination in working towards the preservation of the environment and the well-being of Canada," said Thomas Mueller, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canada Green Building Council.

About Lutron Electronics
Founded in 1961, Lutron Electronics is headquartered in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania. From dimmers for the home, to lighting management systems for entire buildings, the company offers more than 15,000 energy-saving products, sold in more than 100 countries. In the US alone, Lutron products save an estimated 10 billion kWh of electricity, or approximately $1 billion in utility costs per year. The company’s early inventions— including the first solid-state dimmer invented by Lutron’s founder, Joel Spira—are now at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC.

About LEED Certification
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized system based on a range of principles and practices that reduce the environmental impact linked to the construction and operation of green buildings. Derived from LEED, LEED-NC is a rating system that addresses New Constructions. The program involves the comprehensive evaluation of a broad set of criteria organized into six main credit categories aimed at producing "a high-performance ecological building."


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