Daylighting enhances comfort, culture at Hub Group's LEED Gold headquarters | U.S. Green Building Council
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When the Hub Group, one of the leading freight transportation companies in the United States, started building its new headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois, they knew they wanted to achieve LEED certification.

Completed in December 2013, the 141,000-square-foot, four-story building is LEED Gold—designed to harmonize human health and performance with the environment.

Built to echo the company’s corporate culture, brand and commitment to sustainability, the building’s design needed to balance occupant well-being with efficiency. In keeping with these objectives, architect Solomon Cordwell Buenz sought to optimize daylighting, or the controlled admission of natural light into a space.

Enter Hunter Douglas’ RB 500 motorized roller shades, which, along with intelligent motor controls, helped shape the look of the new headquarters. The RB 500 roller shade system creates a visually dynamic environment while managing daylight and reducing glare and solar heat gain within the space—ensuring occupant comfort throughout the day while reducing total building energy costs.

Daylit environments are proven to increase occupant productivity and comfort, providing the mental and visual stimulation necessary to regulate human circadian rhythms. From an energy use standpoint, natural light can replace electric lighting for up to 80 percent of daylight hours, representing lower energy costs and, by extension, reduced pollution from fossil fuel-based power plants. 

The RB 500 roller shades were deemed the optimal solution based on their architectural design, ease of operation, durability and versatile Cradle to Cradle Certified™ fabrics. The intelligent programming system, installed by Indecor, Inc., supports custom applications, including large and angular windows, and is outfitted with an advanced weather station that enables shades to position themselves appropriately based on angles of sunlight.

Daylight management tools like the RB 500 motorized roller shades not only help companies maintain their commitment to sustainable building, they also represent an investment in employee well-being.

As Hunter Douglas continues to push the envelope in developing and delivering solutions to address green design challenges, clients like the Hub Group are willing to embrace unconventional or new technology because it positively affects the triple bottom line. As companies reap the benefits of building efficiency, they are better able to redirect valuable resources toward talent acquisition and recruitment, operation expansion and technology investment that will keep them ahead of the competition. 

Photo courtesy Hunter Douglas Contract; copyright Bob Perzel