Boots Library gets the LiGO treatment at Nottingham Trent University

31 March 2015

Where better to install intelligent lighting than at a centre of learning?

Open Technology is supporting one of the UK’s greenest universities in their pursuit of environmental excellence. The Boots Library at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is open 24 hours a day and while students may have to burn their energy late into the night, the building’s energy consumption is set to reduce considerably thanks to a new intelligent lighting control system.

Installing Open Technology’s LiGO control system in the large library at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is expected to achieve significant energy savings as part of an ambitious environmental policy that includes a commitment to improved energy efficiency. Lighting control is a key part of a package of measures that has helped the library to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating and an EPC of A, largely as a result of the intelligent lighting technology installed.

Lighting in libraries is typically responsible for around 20% of their total energy use. A modern and significantly sized building, the Boots Library at NTU is spread over five levels. Offering students access to various study zones, journal and book stores and a large computer section. Each area has very different lighting requirements.

Open Technology’s responsive LiGO control system allows the lighting in all areas to be independently monitored and controlled. Rather than keeping all lights on at all hours, motion sensors determine where light is required due to student activity. Similarly, daylight sensors offset the levels of artificial lighting against the amount of naturally occurring daylight. In low light or night-time conditions the sensors adjust the light to brighter levels. This ensures a bright, welcoming atmosphere whenever areas are in use, while reducing unnecessary energy spend.

Another key requirement for the library was to ensure that their lighting control system could adapt to future building improvements. LiGO is based on DALI (Digital Addressable Lighting Interface), the lighting industry open protocol. This ensures that control over the LiGO system remains universal regardless of any future changes made to the library’s space. LiGO will be able to handle any future lighting requirements with no need to replace the system.

Chris Bedford, Managing Director of Open Technology explains:

“Installing LiGO has helped the Boots Library meet Nottingham Trent University’s ambitious commitment to sustainability. As the building is open and accessible to students 24 hours a day, the library has very unique needs. We were able to deliver a system that could work with this environment to deliver significant energy and carbon reductions.”