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Lutron Supports the European Commission’s Level(s) Initiative to Improve the Sustainability of Commercial and Residential Buildings



Developing new Level(s) indicators for the lighting of green buildings in the Circular Economy

London, UK (January 15th, 2019) – Lighting control pioneer Lutron Electronics today announced its support for the Level(s) initiative.

First introduced in August 2017 by the European Commission (DG Environment) and currently in development as a common EU framework of core indicators for the sustainability of office and residential buildings, Level(s) provides a set of indicators and common metrics for measuring the performance of buildings along their life cycle. Level(s) goes beyond just energy, materials and water savings, to include key aspects of building performance, including health and comfort, climate change, and life cycle cost and value.

Lutron’s ambition with Level(s) is to help shape lighting requirements as a critical aspect of green buildings’ performance, leveraging the company’s innovative lighting and blinds control technologies such as Quantum and Vive for office buildings, and HomeWorks QS, RA2 Select and Sivoia QS Triathlon for residential buildings.

David Ribbons, Senior Sales Director Europe and Africa at Lutron Electronics declared: “Lutron’s values align well with the Level(s) initiative. As a global leader in lighting and blinds control, it is both our pleasure and our passion to participate. We are looking forward to working with the European Commission and key project stakeholders to develop real-world trials and case studies that will help develop new Level(s) indicators for the lighting of green buildings in the Circular Economy.”

The World Green Building Council also embraces Level(s). They stated: “Our Better Places for People global project is focused on creating a world in which buildings are not only good for the environment, but also support healthier, happier and more productive lives.” Similarly, Lutron believes in the consideration of the environment in design, construction and operation of its solutions. Lutron’s ultimate goal is to enhance the health, happiness, and productivity for its customers in the places where they live, work, learn, heal, and play.

Ribbons added: “Our involvement with Level(s) will allow us to demonstrate the benefits of our products in the pursuit of energy efficiency, sustainability, building productivity, and the health and well-being of building occupants. We are excited to share experiences with other project stakeholders, and to adopt best practices in our daily business.”

About Level(s)
To support the assessment of the environmental performance of buildings, the European Commission has developed a framework with indicators, called Level(s). It is a simple entry point to what can be a very complex area and covers energy, materials, water, health and comfort, climate change and life cycle cost and value.

Level(s) is a voluntary reporting framework to improve the sustainability of buildings. Using existing standards, Level(s) provides an EU-wide approach to assessing environmental performance in the built environment. It encourages life cycle thinking for the whole building by offering a step by step approach to life cycle assessment.

Introduced in August 2017, Level(s) was developed by the European Commission in close co-operation with industry stakeholders. It is one of the different tools and instruments developed by the Commission to facilitate the transition towards a more Circular Economy. Level(s) is promoted by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the science and knowledge service of the European Commission.

For more information: http://susproc.jrc.ec.europa.eu/Efficient_Buildings/documents.html

About Lutron Electronics (lutron.com/europe, @Lutron_EU)
Founded in 1961, Lutron Electronics is headquartered in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania. The company designs and manufactures more than 15,000 energy-saving products, which are sold in over 100 countries around the world. In the U.S. 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 company’s first dimmer design — are now at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. In the UK, landmark installations include St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Wimbledon Centre Court, Kensington Palace and Four Seasons Hotel London at 10 Trinity Square. Notable commercial office installations include the Adelphi Building, Amazon UK at Principal Place, Bloomberg Place and Unilever House in London. References in the higher education sector include the Imperial College - South Kensington Campus, St Antony’s College - University of Oxford, and the Gurdon Institute - University of Cambridge.

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