Stout Executive Search Has Gone Green
By: Bianca Ramsey – 2/17
Marvelyn Stout took the challenge to become a leader in sustainability by choosing lighting designer Derry Berrigan to create a high quality sustainable lighting solution for Stout Executive Search’s new office in HarBer Meadows Business Park in Springdale, Arkansas. This installation is one of the first of its kind in Arkansas to demonstrate how LED solutions are a viable general lighting option for office applications.By adopting this forward thinking approach Stout can now enjoy the benefits of excellent light quality and energy savings as well as taking steps to help mitigate negative environmental impacts.
A sustainable lighting solution complements Stout’s personal and corporate commitment to the environment. The choice of LED lighting will help reduce future overheads both in terms of electricity consumption and maintenance costs while maintaining a high quality of lighting for her clients, candidates and the Stout team.
In terms of energy reduction the savings speak for themselves. The Stout office is highly efficient using only 574 Watts for the entire lighting system. The new design is 53% better than ASHRAE 90.1 2007 (Energy Standard for Buildings) and 78% energy reduction from the previous existing lighting solution. This reduction in energy consumption is significant given that 40% of the electricity typically used in offices is for lighting.
The Stout Executive Search office features new 12 Watt LED lamps designed to last 50,000 hours. General ambient light is supplemented with personal lighting systems used by each employee that allow for flexibility based on personal lighting preferences and employs an occupancy sensor to further capture energy savings.
Given the fact that one kilowatt-hour of electricity will cause 1.34 pounds (610 g) of CO2 emission and assuming the average light bulb is on for 10 hours a day, one 40-watt incandescent bulb will cause 196 pounds (89 kg) of CO2 emission per year. A 12-watt LED equivalent will only cause 61 pounds (29 kg) of CO2 over the same time span. A building’s carbon footprint from lighting can be reduced by 68% by exchanging all incandescent bulbs for new LEDs.
Certainly, Stout Executive Search has broken new ground in the early adoption of this revolutionary technology.
Bianca Ramsey is the CEO of DBPower of Three Lighting Company, New York, New York