16/02/2011 08:01:00

Adura Technologies Installs Wireless Lighting Controls in Office Tower

Adura Technologies, a leading provider of wireless lighting controls and

energy management systems, today announced it has deployed wireless

lighting controls at 221 Main St., San Francisco. The downtown Class A

office tower expects 40-60 percent savings on lighting-related energy

costs and carbon emissions.

The estimate is based on results from Triage Consulting Group’s tenant

suite. Analyses showed a 45 percent savings in kilowatt hours during the

day using Adura’s lighting control system when compared with no

controls. Peak hour lighting was reduced by 30 percent. In addition,

consumption was reduced by nearly 70 percent from an uncontrolled system

during demand response events.

“We are delighted to have Adura Technologies as part of our tenant

improvement plans,” said Christopher Booth, Manager of Thornhill

Property Services, 221 Main’s building management firm. “Adura gives us

a single lighting control system that we can customize for each tenant’s

needs. With Adura, not only are we reducing costs, we’re having a

positive impact on the environment by lowering our building’s energy

usage and the associated carbon emissions.”

Based on the initial results in the Triage Consulting tenant suite,

Adura’s wireless lighting control system was added to three more tenant

suites at 221 Main St. – Pankow Construction, MG Design and Zenith

Administrators. It is also being offered for future building tenant


“This is a strong endorsement for Adura’s value proposition of providing

wireless lighting controls in the existing multi-tenant building

marketplace,” said Andy Wheeler, CEO, Adura. “We have devised a system

that leverages occupancy and multi-zone daylight sensing to reduce costs

and environmental impact while enhancing user comfort, convenience and


The Adura systems deployed at 221 Main include several unique,

cost-saving features, namely:

  • Multi-zone daylighting: Light controllers in multiple fixtures can be

    linked to a single sensor and respond independently, dimming to the

    appropriate level.

  • Software-driven occupancy zones: Lighting levels can be altered based

    on feedback from users in specific areas. This also enables the system

    to constantly be adjusted as changes in space use occur over time.

  • Smart scheduling: Occupancy time-out periods can be set for the time

    of day or day of the week. For example, lights remain on longer during

    work hours before timing-out than after hours and on weekends.

  • Top trimming: Adura reduces all lighting to no more than 80 percent of

    capacity, ensuring adequate levels of illumination, eliminating

    overlighting and yielding energy savings all day long.

  • Demand Response (DR): With Adura’s automated demand response system,

    customers can choose how much load they want to shed during DR

    periods. The Adura system will immediately adjust to the desired


In the case of the 221 Main St. projects, new, fully dimmable

fluorescent fixtures were installed as part of the tenant suite

upgrades. Adura’s dimming controllers were installed in the fixtures and

interact with Adura’s wireless occupancy and daylight sensors.

Illumination levels automatically adjust based on the amount of activity

in the area or natural light available adjacent to the window line.

Thornhill’s architect, NicholsBooth Architects, also designed the

facility to take advantage of outside and reflective lighting, using

interior glass walls, low partitions for cubicles and neutral hues for

walls and furniture surfaces.

Adura’s lighting and energy management system can be installed easily

and inexpensively because it is based on a wireless mesh system that

connects lights, sensors, controllers and wall switches. Building

management can fine-tune lighting and energy usage on multiple levels –

from a single office space or tenant floor to an entire building or

campus. Individuals can override the system to meet personal


In the U.S., there is approximately 80 billion square feet of existing

commercial real estate, but less than 2 percent takes advantage of

advanced controls to save energy and reduce costs and carbon emissions.

Commercial lighting alone costs building users approximately $30 billion

a year, about half of which could be saved by more efficient controls.

About Adura Technologies

Adura® Technologies is a clean energy technology company, applying

low-power wireless mesh networking to the lighting controls and energy

management markets. The company designs, manufactures and commissions

energy management solutions for its customers. Adura’s mission is to

provide cost-effective solutions for the retrofit of commercial

buildings so that building owners, tenants and facility managers can

implement energy efficiency and load curtailment strategies that help

reduce their operating costs and their carbon footprint. Adura is backed

by NGEN Partners, a pioneering investor in the clean tech sector;

VantagePoint Venture Partners, a global clean tech investor, and

Claremont Creek Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm. For more

information, please visit www.aduratech.com.

DBA Communications Inc. for Adura Technologies

Dave Berman,



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