Skylights Highlight AIA Convention

June 21st, 2013 by Editor

It’s designed to track and capture sunlight, lower overall energy consumption and be environmentally friendly all at once.

One of several intricate light systems on display this week at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Convention in Denver, the Parans SP3 Solar Receiver made by Wasco Skylights is capable of harvesting the light from the sun during all hours of the day before bringing it deep into even the sturdiest of buildings, according to its developers. The system is minimally invasive thanks to sophisticated optic fibers that can carry the sunlight as far as 20 meters (65.6 feet) inside a building.

“It captures sunlight, tracks it and delivers it into the interior of a building,” said Mark Brink, Wasco’s Midwest regional sales manager. “It’s all-natural light.”

Other intricate light systems being showcased at the Denver Convention Center this week include Optimum’s RTS-430 thermally broken steel window and the new Clima-Tite daylighting system by Major Industries.

The Parans SP3 requires very little of the necessary intricate advance work to the building’s infrastructure for it work, according to the company. Specially designed optical lenses capture the sun’s light before thin, flexible fiber cables carry it deep inside the building.

The Parans SP3 is perfect for workplace gatherings such as office and conference rooms too far in the building’s interior to directly receive sunlight, as well as large public facilities such as libraries, hospitals and even shopping malls. By using no electricity, it not only saves its users big money by drastically lowering their energy consumption, but it also proves very environmentally desirable by reducing the carbon footprint on the ozone layer.

Optimum’s RTS-430 thermally broken steel window is quickly proving a hit among architects looking to satisfy the growing desire of commercial and residential homeowners for a low-profile, thermally broken steel window unit, said Daniel Ocasio, Optimum’s sales and systems engineer.

“That’s really our objective—to reach out to the architects, make them aware of our products,” Ocasio said.

Major Industries’ Clima-Tite is a translucent system that allows light and ventilation control for building occupants, not to mention its high degree of energy efficiency. By controlling the amount of sunlight entering a building, the system significantly reduces glare at places where that would be most troublesome such as at schools or libraries.

The AIA Convention continues through Saturday. Stay tuned to for the latest from the show, and click here to view videos from the event.

John Hollis is a contributing editor for DWM magazine. He can be reached at

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