The Lighting Division of Philips GmbH has joined the EcoCommercial Building Program in Europe that was initiated by Bayer MaterialScience, one of the world's leading polymers manufacturers. Through an interdisciplinary network of partners, this program offers decision-makers in the construction industry a comprehensive range of services and material solutions for building sustainable public and commercial buildings.
As the world's leading supplier of innovative lighting solutions and technologies, Philips brings to the network its cutting-edge expertise in developing and implementing energy-efficient state-of-the-art lighting concepts. These concepts focus on users' needs and on optimizing energy and economic aspects throughout the entire life cycle.
Through their Europe-wide collaboration, the two companies are pooling their know-how with the aim of jointly developing sustainable lighting systems for the construction industry and thus advancing the market for innovative lighting systems. They are concentrating on the creation of lighting concepts and on environmentally friendly product design that couples performance with environmental protection and cost efficiency.
"We are committed to modern lighting solutions that utilize energy more intelligently. That reduces costs and helps fulfill statutory requirements for reducing CO2 emissions," says Andreas Rindt, Business Segment Leader, Professional Lighting Solutions at Philips Lighting. "The best results in construction technology are achieved by the collaboration between specialists working together to develop customized solutions for sustainable construction. We believe that the EcoCommercial Building Program makes full use of this approach." Philips supplies energy-saving lighting systems for a wide range of interior and exterior applications in both the professional and private segments. These include lighting solutions for commercial and public buildings such as retail stores, municipal buildings, offices and schools, for urban and highway lighting, and for private homes and gardens. One focal point is architectural lighting concepts intended to optimize urban environments and make them more attractive.
"Innovative lighting concepts coupling economy with ecology require the use of high-performance materials such as our polycarbonate Makrolon," says Dr. Dennis McCullough, head of the Polycarbonates Advanced Resins Division in Europe and Latin America at Bayer MaterialScience. "This material is used in the manufacture of energy-efficient LED-based luminaires, for example, which yield significant savings over conventional lamps."
The alliance between Philips Lighting and Bayer MaterialScience makes it possible to achieve these savings when planning and implementing sustainable construction projects, as an element of the holistic approach taken by the EcoCommercial Building program.
"Rising energy prices worldwide mean we need lighting systems that utilize electricity more intelligently," says Dr. Thomas Braig, head of the EcoCommercial Building Program for the EMEA region at Bayer MaterialScience. "Intelligent lighting concepts and product systems therefore contribute significantly to sustainability in commercial building. Critical to the cost efficiency of environmentally friendly buildings is the consideration of innovative product solutions in an early stage of planning, which is part of the integrated approach taken by the EcoCommercial Building Program. This enables us to optimize ecological and economical aspects in new construction and modernization projects."