The green building movement has assumed more weightage than ever before. If sustainability has gained momentum, then how is the lighting industry incorporating the principles of sustainable design?
At Klove, the foundational principles rest on the ‘green building approach’ where our values reflect a commitment to resource conservation. As an environmentally responsible organisation, Klove has mainstreamed optimization in design.
Sustainable lighting design is more than just creating long-life lamps, so Klove integrates an ethic of sustainability across its spectrum from the materials used to the waste generated and disposed as well as the maintenance cost.
Ensuring long life of lamps is not the only prerogative that we have as contemporary lighting designers, creating lighting that organically fits into a circular economy is. The futuristic vision of a lighting designer doesn’t stop at creating LEDs but ensuring that the product was created using responsible manufacturing processes.
From converting incandescent lamps to compact fluorescent, to eliminating mercury in lamps and preventing light pollution by restricting skyward outdoor lighting, companies are increasingly moving towards meeting global energy codes.
Lighting design studios and manufacturing facilities can optimize the use of energy-efficient heating and cooling devices. The same goes for water consumption where recycling should be adopted.
Recycling for regeneration
The sheer volume of waste generated as a by-product of luminaires production is massive. Cutting down on the overall amount of waste for disposal and recycling more waste is the priority. Certified waste-disposal companies can ensure that waste is transported and treated correctly when it leaves the factory.
Using ethical materials
The entire product life cycle should be geared to use such processing materials that lessen its impact on human lives and the environment. Use of water- based paints, mild cleaning agents as opposed to aggressive solvents, saying ‘no’ to chromium-based coatings is recommended.
If your lighting artisanal studio is located in the heart or vicinity of a sprawling city, experts suggest it is possible for 25% of luminaires to be sourced from local manufacturing facilities. Second, bulk packaging can reduce the amount of cardboard packaging required.
Today, it is the need of the hour for lighting designers to light up the green movement as energy investment advisors. Focusing on light as a strategic investment resource, Klove is committed to aesthetic brilliance, material integrity as well as environmentally-benevolent lighting.