BP looks to daylighting to reduce carbon footprint

To reduce the lighting requirement of this BP site in Milton Keynes, 17 Solatube daylighting systems have been installed.
To investigate the role that daylighting can play in reducing carbon-dioxide emissions at its retail sites in the UK, BP has installed 17 Solatube daylighting systems at its site on Childs Way in Milton Keynes. They are installed in the retail and back-office areas. During the day, there is no need to use electricity for lighting these areas. Jason McMenamin, BP’s maintenance co-ordinator, comments, ‘Installing the Solatubes has the potential to help us to reduce our carbon footprint. In addition, the use of daylight rather than electric light creates a better place for our customers to shop and our staff to work. The Solatube daylighting system comprises a dome fitted to the roof to gather daylight for transmission through a highly reflective rigid tube for diffusing into the space below. The surface of the material in the tube is 99.7% reflective, enabling it to deliver up to 10 times more light than systems using flexible tubes.
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