KSBA Architects - LEED* 1.0 Pilot Project
The offices of KSBA Architects are located in the historic Lawrenceville section
of Pittsburgh. The renovation of this building created the first LEED rated building
in the City of Pittsburgh. It received a LEED 1.0 Bronze rating for its outstanding
transformation. Lessons learned in the AT&T AICS project were applied to KSBA's new offices. The Scope newsletter provides insight into the benefits of a quality lighting environment.
The former funeral home stable was converted into a radiator
shop before finally being adopted and rejuvenated by KSBA. The high ceiling architectural
studio was illuminated with indirect 400 watt pulse start metal halide lamps.
The metal halide lamps provided the energy efficiency necessary to obtain the
LEED rating. The indirect luminaires distributed uniform illumination on the
work tables and glare free illumination at the computer workstations. Lamp image
was not an issue in any of the monitors.
Skylights were included in the design
to provide free-illumination when weather conditions were right. Adequate sunshine
for day lighting is an issue in the Northeastern USA and especially so in Pittsburgh.
The percentage of overcast days was taken into consideration when determining
the size of skylight for the application.
*LEED: The Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design. See Awards for further information.