At Aurora Lighting Design, we embrace each new project as the unique opportunity that it is, building upon experiences gained from our previous challenging work. Knowing that each project is unique means we start our programming asking many questions and gathering a lot of data from the various constituencies in order to define the design criteria, balance design need hierarchies, and understand project drivers.
As designers, we believe that there are creative ways to proactively tackle challenges of the built environment. This positive vision of the future is inherent in our design approach.
“Meeting the qualitative needs of the visual environment with the least impact on the natural environment.” - IESNA & IALD definition of Sustainable Lighting
A successful project requires teamwork. A truly sustainable approach requires all team members to collaborate, starting at the earliest phases of the project, so that the building can be addressed as a living organism with all of its interconnected systems working as optimally as possible.
There are many issues to sustainable design that are addressed and emphasized to varying degrees by different rating systems, such as LEED, Green Globes, and Living Building Challenge. But they all tackle energy consumption. We believe that the key with illuminated environments is energy effective design which invigorates the occupants, not simply using energy efficient equipment. We also look beyond energy issues to those of daylight design, light pollution, light and human health, light's impact on non-human species, and product recycling, among others.
Our projects bear this out with multiple LEED projects achieving certified through platinum status. And we walk the walk as well; our own office is illuminated using OLEDs, LEDs, solar-powered luminaires, and energy-reducing controls.
Our services are customized to specific project needs, but the overall goal remains the same - have a positive impact by creating healthier environments for now and the future.