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Case Study: One Canberra

26 June 2015 - The floor is usually one of the largest surfaces in a room, however, when it comes to enhancing natural light in a building, it is generally one of the most overlooked elements of fit-out. One Canberra, an iconic commercial project by Willemsen Design, shifted this approach and put a focus on the flooring and its interaction with the glass façade in order to maximise lighting efficiency and improve the indoor environment.

Maximising natural light throughout the floor plate was a key design criteria for One Canberra. The team knew that abundance of natural light would serve to improve occupant health (both physically and psychologically), and also reduce the need for artificial lighting, thus increasing energy efficiency.

To do this, the team installed new low "E" triple silver coated insulating floor-to-ceiling glass with a class leading 63% of visible light transmission and insulating ISO G value of 0.26.

In order to make the most of this light, the Willemsen team then looked to the flooring and sought a carpet with a high light reflective value (LRV) that would maximise this light throughout the floor plate, without compromising on the texture and colour.

According to Anthony Willemsen, CEO of Willemsen Group, "The Desso product was unique providing us an office area carpet which exceeded our requirements for light reflective value (LRV) whilst having a serviceable and aesthetically pleasing colour and texture." 

“The Desso product was unique providing us an office area carpet which exceeded our requirements for light reflective value (LRV) whilst having a serviceable and aesthetically pleasing colour and texture.”

Anthony Willemsen, CEO of Willemsen Group

“We used the latest passive and active energy efficiency systems to achieve the lowest energy consumption possible whilst still providing optimum occupant comfort.’

 'To make the most of the visible light transmission through the glass façade we established a high benchmark LRV of 15% for the flooring, this was exceeded by the Desso 'Fields' product which had a 16.11% LRV."

"On sunny days the building is able to capture and transmit sufficient natural light across the floor plate to eliminate the need for artificial ceiling lighting, with only detailed work requiring task lighting support.''

Added to this, Desso carpets are designed and manufactured using circular economy and Cradle to Cradle® _principles.

Inspired by the company vision to create environmentally responsible products that contribute to health and wellbeing, Desso has developed a unique range of carpets including Light Reflection Master, SoundMaster and its top selling AirMaster.

Desso AirMaster with Ecobase backing was recognised recently at the Australian BPN Awards receiving the judges commendation in the Innovation of the Year category.

Break Out Box - Learn more about Circular Economy and Cradle to Cradle Manufacturing here

For more information about the One Canberra project, please click here

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