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product focus here comes the sun 3M introduces its Sunlight Delivery System―an energy efficient lighting alternative When no amount of window glazing can solve an interior lighting issue, 3M’s latest invention may be the answer. 3M’s Architectural Markets division launched the 3MTM Sunlight Delivery System, which aims to naturally illuminate those deep spaces that, quite literally, rarely see the light of day. But the benefit of implementing the system is two-fold: if it performs as it’s meant to, it will offer energy savings while providing consistent light levels in all types of spaces, whether already well-lit floors or windowless cores. “Daylighting is the original green building practice,” says Dan Franus, 3M marketing manager. “The importance of integrating sustainability in building planning only continues to grow, and there is nothing more energy efficient than the sun.” The system pools together multiple technologies starting with a rooftop collector that requires a single entry point. GPS-equipped to track and capture the sun’s strongest rays, the unit funnels the light through a series of ducts lined with 3M’s reflective film. The ducts connect to light fixtures that, when detecting overcast conditions, supplement the sunlight with built-in energy efficient artificial lighting. The system is available for new commercial projects, and can be retrofitted into existing buildings. The U.S. Department of Defense is planning to install the system at one of its facilities this year. —Sheila Kim Reader Service No. 230 What’s old is new again this year at Mayer Fabrics with an exciting launch of unprecedented inspirations for design and color. See us at Greenbuild Booth #3033S and at NeoCon East Booth #2019 mayer fabric s .com 80 0.428 .4415 Select No. 148 at

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Contract - September 2011

Contract - September 2011
Industry News
Product Briefs: Sustainable
Product Focus: Here Comes the Sun
Product Focus: Cream of the Crop
Memory Museum
Triple Threat
Mission Sustainable
Model of Sustainability
Desert Oasis
LEED by Example
Cooking Light
Trends: The Resilient Workplace
Ideas: Chair History
Designers Select: Boardroom Furnishings
Ad Index
Perspectives: Steven M. Davis, Faia, Aedas

Contract - September 2011