East Cleveland, May X, 2013 – The modular headquarters of the Organising Committee for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic and Paralympic Games is the first commercial building in Brazil to adopt GE Lighting's Lumination™ ET Series Recessed LED Troffer, an ultra-thin fixture as thin as the width of a finger that brings modern styling to traditionally uninspired commercial ceiling spaces.
Approximately 3,000 Lumination™ ET Series Troffers offer an indoor lighting solution with lower energy consumption, longer life and lower greenhouse emissions resulting from power consumption compared with other options available in the market. The technology will help make the headquarters of 2,000 employees a benchmark in the search for more efficient solutions in the sports field and also will create an important legacy in infrastructure and technology for Rio de Janeiro and Brazil.
"LED technology plays a fundamental role in the model that sustains the environmentally conscious construction of the new headquarters for Rio 2016,” says Alexandre Ferrari, general manager of GE Lighting in Brazil. “We worked in partnership with Rio 2016 and the International Olympic Committee to create and enable a solution that combines energy efficiency, innovation and long-term, tangible benefits.”
By opting for the GE LED solution instead of a comparable fluorescent technology, Rio 2016 will save nearly half a million dollars on its energy bills over the four years the building will be used by the Organising Committee. During this period, maintenance costs will be marginal, as the fixtures have an 11-year lifespan, approximately 120% longer than conventional fluorescent fixtures that last about five years.
"The headquarters of the Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Rio 2016 is a project that seeks to use best practices in the adoption of energy efficient technologies and solutions, creating an important and lasting legacy for the Brazilian society,” says Leonardo Gryner, operations general director for Rio 2016 “GE is certainly a strategic partner that contributed directly to achieving the goals of this initiative.”
The innovative design of the Lumination™ Luminaires allows greater lighting uniformity with fewer lighting points. When illuminated, the Lumination ET Series Recessed LED Troffers produce a perfectly even glow, delivering exceptionally uniform light to fill the space. While off, they appear free of a light source, while fluorescent fixtures are typically visible. The ultra-thin panels (0.5 inches) fit seamlessly in most common T-bar ceiling grids and feature a built-in dimmable LED driver to help make installation less complex and time consuming compared to traditional fixtures.
As the Rio 2016 headquarters is a modular construction, the LED solutions will be available for future use after the closing of the Rio 2016™ Olympic Games.
The lighting design for this building was completed by Peter Gasper, a well-known lighting designer for several major Brazilian landmarks.