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When designing an energy-efficient building, our industry focuses on everything from insulation to window placement, but in fact, ceiling systems can also play a role in effective energy conservation.

Here’s a look at how Armstrong helps to support building efficiency and energy savings:

  • Ceilings with high reflectance values are able to improve space illumination, thereby allowing for fewer light fixtures, a reduced electrical light output, lower maintenance costs, and a reduced cooling load.
  • New innovative ceiling systems that incorporate energy savings technologies like thermal mass and phase change materials. These new systems take advantage of daytime thermal gains and release them back into the building at night.

Available in North America, the Armstrong DC FlexZone Suspension System offers the ability to distribute safe, low voltage direct current (DC) power that can reduce energy loss in the conversion of AC to DC power in a building.  It can also significantly improve the flexibility of interior spaces by reducing the need to re-wire when reconfiguring space.

CISCA STUDY SHOWS ENERGY SAVINGS FOR CONTINUOUS CEILINGS

New research from CISCA reveals that suspended ceilings can significantly reduce a building's lifetime operating costs through energy and maintenance savings. Our report, "Life Cycle Study: Suspended Ceilings vs. Open Plenum" shows that even though suspended ceilings cost more initially, they can achieve a life-cycle payback in less than 11 months over open-plenum (exposed) designs, depending upon the building type and the region. Suspended ceilings were shown to lower energy costs by 9% to 17%.

The CISCA Life Cycle Study is modeled on two different building types (office and retail) in five different markets, reflecting differences in energy costs, construction/installation costs and climate zones.