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Case Study: Zurich North America Headquarters Schaumburg, Illinois

“Because both the shades themselves, as well as the controls feature low-voltage wiring, installation was easier and more cost-effective.”

Randall Chapple, AIA, CSI, LEED AP, Associate Principal Architect at Goettsch Partners Inc.

The new Zurich North America Headquarters in Schaumburg, IL is an architectural masterpiece, designed to maximize the comfort and productivity of its employees in a creative, collaborative work environment, and set a standard for future Zurich offices. An integrated Lutron lighting and shading control solution automatically monitors and adjusts daylight and electric light to help create the right environment throughout the corporate campus.


As part of the planning process, Zurich management surveyed employees, who expressed a significant preference for an environment filled with natural light. The Chicago-based architecture firm, Goettsch Partners, designed the curtain wall system in the predominantly glass structure to deliver the desired productive, bright, open atmosphere. They also knew that unchecked daylight could create glare and heat gain, mitigating the advantages of all that beautiful sunlight.

Solution - Integrated lighting control and solar-adaptive shades

Goettsch Partners chose a Lutron Quantum integrated lighting control and QS shade solution toautomatically monitor and adjust the total light environment. Lutron Hyperion solar-adaptiveshading software ensures that the low-voltage motorized shades quietly and unobtrusively respond tothe changing position of the sun, maximizing natural daylight, improving occupant comfort, preservingviews and eliminating disruptive glare.
The Quantum system incorporates a broad range of additional control strategies, including daylighting,occupancy sensing, simple integration with time clocks and the HVAC system, and personal controlto accommodate personal light preferences. To achieve Zurich’s goal of maximizing view throughclosed shades, Goettsch selected a dark, solar-screen fabric with a low openness factor toreduce diffuse light while preserving view to the outside.
Randall Chapple, Associate Principal at Goettsch Partners, says Lutron’s low-voltage shading and lightmanagement solution simplifies design, installation, and set up, and system integration, “Because theshades and the controls feature low-voltage wiring, installation was easier and more cost-effectivethan other options. Our ability to minimize wiring material cost, as well as reduce time and laborcosts, was a major consideration in our choice of Lutron solutions. These were critical to meetingproject timelines.”
Chapple also emphasized the benefits of working with a single provider. “System integration is manytimes easier when control and shades are by the same provider. This is a major benefit of the Lutronsolution,” he said.

Results - Achieving LEED Platinum in an employee-friendly environment

Lutron automated shading solutions not only help regulate building temperature and lower energy use, they reduce heat gain, reduce glare, and provide a beautiful consistent look from outside the building as well and from within. The comfortable, flexible environment contributes to a campus that enhances communication and collaboration.
The Lutron QS roller shades with Hyperion software were a contributing factor in achieving credits toward LEED Platinum Core and Shell certification in the following categories:

  • EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
  • EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance (21 points achieved)
  • IEQc8.1: Daylight and Views, Daylight 75% of Spaces (1 point achieved) Zurich employees, especially the 180 volunteer “change champions” who were encouraged to participate in the planning process by providing crowdsourced ideas for the ideal working environment, shower high praise on the building, and the inspiring views from their workspaces.

The Lutron Quantum and shading systems can make a significant contribution to LEED certification - supporting points within Energy & Atmosphere, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Materials & Resources.

The Hyperion solar adaptive automation maximize views to the outdoors by opening the shades as much as possible –blocking only the bright sky to reduce glare.

© James Steinkamp Photography

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