July 19, 2013
By engaging Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the foremost experts on daylight, and with financial assistance New York State Energy Research and Development Authority( NYSERDA), The New York Times Co was able to create a very advanced dimmable lighting system and dynamic shading system with real saving of 50%. The lighting system is the first of its kind in the world. By use daylight harvesting, it maximizes use of natural light so that electric lighting is used just as a supplement. Each of the more than 18,000 electrical ballasts (a the amount of current flowing in as electric circuit)in the lighting system contain a computer chip that allows it to be controlled individually. this means that lighting levels can be adjusted to meet the needs of different spaces operating at maximum efficiency with varying levels of light.
The shading system is programmed to use the position of sum and input from an extensive sensor network to act as determinants to raise and lower shades, either blocking extreme light to reduce glare or allowing light to enter at times of less direct sunlight. The Daylight and shading system work in connect to ensure that the building efficiently uses natural light whenever possible.
This is the first time this type of double-skinned curtain wall has ever been used. By deflecting the heat, the double curtain wall allow use- of floor-to-ceiling ultra-clear glass that maximizes views and light for occupants of building while allowing people outside the building to see the moments within. The ceramic rods also enhance the design by gently reflecting light and color change throughout the day.