INDUSTRIAL FACILITIES

 TUBULAR DAYLIGHT DEVICES DRAMATICALLY BRIGHTEN DETROIT GEAR MANUFACTURING PLANT

Daylight Tubes Significantly Increased a Plant’s Light Levels without Adding Energy Costs.

Bonn is Facilities Coordinator for one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of high precision gears for the automobile and aerospace industry. “Just seeing the daylight that comes out of these things is absolutely amazing,” explains Keith Bonn, describing the natural interior daylight system installed in Delta Gear’s new 72,000 sq. ft. facility.

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“We were able to optimize and maximize our natural light and reduce energy costs, which made the sun tubes an incredibly beneficial aspect of our remodeled facilities,” said President and owner Bob Sakuta.

To achieve the high level of light in the facility, Delta Gear hired General Contractor Joe Hammond to install seventy-nine commercial Sun Tunnel skylights. Sun Tunnels are tubular-shaped devices that transfer daylight through a twenty-two-inch diameter tunnel made of highly reflective aluminum material.

“The interior coating, as you look up inside of it, is extremely reflective,” said Joe Hammond General Contractor.

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ROOFING PROJECT DRIVES NATURAL DAYLIGHT INTO VOLVO TRUCK PLANT

Volvo Group Truck Plant Reduced Their Energy Load with Natural Interior Daylight.

Volvo Group North America has taken a leading role in demonstrating the benefits of natural interior daylight at their largest facility, the New River Valley Cab & Vehicle Assembly plant where all Volvo Trucks for North America are assembled.

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“The skylights alone provide between fifty and seventy lumens,” said Daniel Kimball, VP Sales for CentiMark Roofing. “Even with a skylight thirty-six feet high, the light doesn’t fluctuate more than one foot candle between them.”

In 2010, just one year into a ten-year energy reduction challenge issued by the US Department of Energy (DOE), the plant became the first facility in the nation to meet the goal.

“Very early on, the skylights were really one of the first items to kickstart the whole energy program,” said Mike Kijak, Facilities and Energy Manager for the New River Valley plant in Dublin, Virginia.

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