When New York-based WAC Lighting heard of a local Long Island home builder with a mission to build a “green” home —the first gold-rated green residential house on Long Island — the environmentally conscious company didn’t think twice about getting on board with the project.
“I thought it was a very innovative idea,” says WAC Lighting President Shelley Wang. “He was looking for help from manufacturers to help make the home ‘green’ without sacrificing the quality of the design. It’s a net zero home which means for the most part it does not pull off the grid and uses geothermal for heat.”
The project sped along – going from conception to completion in a matter of months. The official ribbon-cutting ceremony took place last June. On Aug. 6, WAC Lighting hosted a Responsible Lighting tour and wine-and-cheese event for the press during the Jericho Green Home Showcase in Jericho, Nassau County, Long Island. The showcase drew architects and designers interested in green building.
The transitional/contemporary construction of the home echoed the company’s aesthetic style, says Wang. “It was very consistent with what we’re about.”
The showcase provided an opportunity to start a dialogue about responsible lighting, something WAC Lighting is committed to as a company. “It’s a nice opportunity to talk to an audience that cares about responsible use, and make sure they know our holistic sustainability story.”
WAC Lighting was the only lighting manufacturer involved with the interior lighting of the green home. They incorporated a wide array of energy-efficient options available for the residential market. “We used a range of products meet the design requirements,” says Wang. “CFL for recessed lighting throughout the house, LED for task purposes and accent pieces inside kitchen, and certainly used low voltage products in areas where color rendering and dimming were involved, such as the foyer and bedroom.”
Last month’s energy bill for the Jericho green home? A mere $15, validation that the home delivers on its goal to not only conserve energy but cut costs.