COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS

LARGE SKYLIGHTS LEAD SUSTAINABILITY EFFORT FOR ROOMS TO GO WAREHOUSE

The Decisions Behind Installing a Lighting System That Combined Daylight With LED.

Rooms To Go is a chain of furniture stores that has grown to 226 outlets across the United States since its founding by Jeffrey Seaman in 1990. Even as the company has rapidly expanded, they have chosen to engage environmental stewardship as a way to enhance their leadership position within the retail furniture industry.

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“The choice to install skylights at Dunn was the right one,” says Rooms To Go Senior Construction Manager Bruce Wallick. “And daylight-capturing sensors in the skylights save the company money.”                                                                            

The bulk of those efforts has been in the area of minimizing their energy footprint. A significant part of their energy-savings has been the installation of over 300 large domed skylights in their newest shipping and receiving facility in Dunn, North Carolina.

“We’re very satisfied with the light that we’re getting,” says Rooms To Go Senior Construction Manager Bruce Wallick. “All the warehouses are going to continue to have skylights.”

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LIGHTING PROJECT BRINGS NATURAL DAYLIGHT INTO KARNDEAN WAREHOUSE

A Holistic Approach to Lighting Improves Morale and Performance in a Warehouse Facility.

Karndean is an international vinyl tile flooring manufacturer with their US headquarters and warehouse near Pittsburgh, PA. In this facility, the company has moved aggressively toward environmental stewardship and social responsibility.

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“We looked for opportunities to leverage best practices,” said Bill Anderson Vice President of Operations of Karndean. “And we definitely made the right decision. But it is even better to hear the reaction of our employees.”

Karndean has won ‘Top Workplaces’ by Workplace Dynamics and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette four years in a row, based solely on employee feedback. And in 2015 the company constructed a new warehouse and distribution center employing an innovative lighting system designed to significantly reduce energy use while improving the work environment.

“You go into the new warehouse and the impact is like, ‘Wow,’” said Chris Wettling, Warehouse Manager for Karndean. “We never had any outside light coming into the middle of our warehouse. Even when we had our doors open, daylight very rarely made it to the middle part of our warehouse,” he said.

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