Most Innovative Energy Efficient Glass Product
The new InLighten Light Shelf design leverages minimal material content, sightlines, weight, installation and maintenance efforts, all while maximizing daylighting and design options at a competitive price, according to Kawneer Co. The result is a flexible and versatile solution that helps reduce the need for artificial lighting and increases energy savings in a building.
At the core of their functionality, architectural light shelves are designed to reflect sunlight deeper into the interior of a building by “bouncing” natural light up to the ceiling, and have been proven to reduce perimeter lighting requirements and enhance the occupant experience, Kawneer reports.
As Glass Magazine Award Judge Rob Botman, general manager of Glassopolis, points out, “The Inlighten Light Shelf is part of the changing face of the building envelope. Controlling light and heat is no longer about coatings.”
The new InLighten Light Shelf features an extruded aluminum chassis system. In addition to the traditional opaque Reynobond aluminum composite material panels, lightweight translucent polycarbonate panels are also available standard. The availability of depths of up to 30 inches allows for the overall reflective surface to be maximized. And, the ability to attach InLighten to multiple Kawneer curtain-wall and storefront framing systems makes it suitable for new or retrofit projects.
InLighten Light Shelf’s new design incorporates a unique mounting bracket that allows the panel to be tilted for care and cleaning. Additionally, panels can be fabricated and assembled in the shop to reduce time spent in the field before installation. Kawneer officials report that the InLighten Light Shelf has been designed so it does not interfere with the installation or operation of typical window treatments, and has been thoroughly tested using advanced finite element analysis modeling techniques and physical testing.
In addition to increased daylight control and energy savings, InLighten Light Shelf can help earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design credits in three categories: Materials & Resources –Recycled Content, Energy & Atmosphere – Optimize Energy Performance, and Indoor Environmental Quality – Daylight and Views.