Library of Birmingham takes a leaf from knowledge of CP Northern
Versatile lighting for the new Library of Birmingham to optimise energy efficiency and which can be configured in many different ways is provided by a lighting-management system supplied by CP Northern. The system also manages emergency lighting, which comprises specially finished LED emergency luminaires.
The lighting-management system was required to meet a range of criteria, including optimised energy performance, integrating the management of general and emergency lighting and providing the flexibility to control individual luminaires. To meet these requirements, the system has been configured to a multi-floor philosophy to maximise flexibility.
Energy issues are addressed through a range of control strategies. They include timed operation, absence/present detection and daylight linking.
A supervisory PC provides adjustable client-specific timed functions, with lighting control via DALI 10-channel lighting-control modules and DALI 5-channel hard-wired controllers.
General office and corridor lighting is under PIR control.
The system incorporates extensive scene-setting capabilities, as the library will host many different types of event.
CP Northern also provided training to staff in the use of the control system.
The library is designed to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.