Victor Afonso Joins Ver-Tex Construction as Field Operations Manager

Ver-Tex Construction announces new Field Operations Manager as company growth continues

Ver-Tex Construction (Ver-Tex) recently announced that Victor Afonso, a leader and expert in the design & installation of window treatments, will join the company as Field Operations Manager. At Ver-Tex, Afonso will oversee the day-to-day operations of the warehouse, scheduling, and installation teams in addition to long-term strategic planning and implementation of continuous improvement efforts. Afonso brings with him more than 20 years of experience in management at window treatment companies, having run his own business providing consultations and installation of custom window treatments for 14 years prior to joining Ver-Tex as Field Operations Manager.

Read the full news release here.

Daylight Harvesting & A Carbon-Free Boston

In our previous blog posts, we explored several daylighting systems and window treatment options that can help the City of Boston in its goal of becoming 100 percent carbon-free by the year 2050. These daylighting (or daylight harvesting) systems work by using daylight to offset the amount of electric lighting needed to light a space, reducing energy consumption through lighting control systems that adjust electric lighting in response to daylight levels.

Active daylighting systems track sunlight using mechanical methods, with math formulas based on sun path charts used in combination with sensors or lenses that detect light level and maximize the natural daylight present in the space. Electric lighting is adjusted simultaneously, improving energy efficiency and reducing overall energy consumption.

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Daylight harvesting systems reduce energy consumption and improve energy efficiency, making them a useful tool towards Boston’s goal of using completely carbon-free energy by 2050.

Below are the systems we looked at, along with highlights of each:

Lutron Hyperion

Lutron Hyperion can reduce lighting energy use by 65% or more and is scalable from a single area or individual building to a campus with multiple buildings. The system can work with wireless radio window sensors, adding further functionality by accounting for varied conditions such as weather or shadows from adjacent buildings.

Mecho SolarTrac

SolarTrac’s proprietary algorithms precisely predict the sun’s position based on time, date, building location, and orientation of glass facades, in combination with rooftop radiometers that detect live conditions. The system can save up to 70% in lighting costs and alerts users of potential maintenance needs, with software supporting smartphone access and allowing up to 100 users simultaneously.

Somfy Animeo

Somfy’s Animeo is made up of intelligent, scalable building controls, motor controls, local controls, and a full selection of sensors and additional accessories. Referring to a range of scalable daylighting systems, Animeo software automates management of natural light according to the position of the sun and glass façade orientation, with a variety of available Somfy weather sensors.

Halcyon Shades (with Animeo)

Halcyon shades reduce 99.9% of harmful UV rays, reflect 80% of solar heat gain, and reduce glare by 97%, providing a return on investment in as little as two years in energy savings, with a 10 – 25% savings on a building’s energy spend. Combined with Somfy Animeo, energy efficiency is improved by decreasing solar glare & HVAC demand and reducing electricity needed for lighting.

Daylighting & Energy Efficiency

The single largest operating cost in U.S. commercial buildings is lighting, with lighting systems constituting one-third or more of total electrical energy costs. Additionally, 30% to 50% of U.S. office buildings’ total electrical energy consumption is by lighting systems.

Daylighting systems, if properly applied to new and existing buildings, can drastically reduce the energy consumption of Boston’s buildings, while at the same time improving occupant comfort and productivity. A reduction in energy consumption would allow for improved energy efficiency, helping the City of Boston to attain its ambitious goal: using 100% carbon-free energy by 2050.

If you’re interested in learning more or implementing any of the aforementioned daylighting systems, contact us today.

Gary Ludden

Gary is first and foremost an active father to 3 sons. Although young men now, Gary and his sons are always doing and creating things together i.e. building trucks, making a log splitter out of an old tow truck boom, doing tractor pulls at fairs, etc. They also love to go four-wheeling and snowmobiling. Gary loves to camp in the north woods of Maine and ride motorcycles to a place he’s never seen before. He is an avid cook, cooking for all family events and smoking foods in his homemade smoker. He is an avid cabinetmaker and always has a project going on, building tables, cabinets, and furniture for friends and family.

Halcyon Shades: Energy Efficiency & a Carbon-Free Boston

In our previous blog posts, we took a look at active daylighting systems that can work to help the City of Boston achieve its goal of becoming carbon-free by 2050. Today we look at the energy-saving power of Halcyon Shades, which can integrate with Somfy’s Animeo system, and discuss their possibilities for improving energy efficiency in the context of Boston’s ambitious goal.

Energy Efficiency

To begin, we must note the energy efficiency that Halcyon Shades enable. Halcyon shades reduce 99.9% of harmful UV rays, reflect 80% of solar heat gain, and reduce glare by 97%, providing a return on investment in as little as two years in energy savings. By deriving figures from the Department of Energy’s EQUEST energy modeling software, Halcyon Shades have been shown to save 10 – 25% on a building’s energy spend. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories has confirmed that the metalized polyester material used in the shades can reflect energy, preventing it from penetrating into the building. In addition to this, Halcyon shades are eco-friendly, with third-party verification confirming that these shades contain no PVC, PFCs, VOCs, formaldehyde or antimicrobials. They also meet NFPA 701 standards, reduce energy spend, and reduce carbon emissions.

halcyon shade in boston

Furthermore, Halcyon shades can be integrated into a Somfy Animeo daylighting solution. By combining Animeo’s intelligent building controls, motor controls, local controls, and a full array of sensors and additional accessories with Halcyon’s energy-efficient shades, any building owner, developer, or manager can increase energy efficiency by decreasing HVAC demand and electricity needed for lighting. This allows electrical energy to be diverted elsewhere in the city where it is needed more.

Somfy Animeo & Halcyon Shades

As discussed in our previous blog post, Animeo is able to adjust shades automatically based on the sun’s position and glass façade orientation, taking into account shadow management and real-time weather conditions. It also allows for easy manual override, giving building managers and occupants control over nearby shades. When Halcyon’s energy-saving shades are integrated with the sustainable and scalable Animeo solution, energy usage and costs are drastically reduced, allowing for a building’s electricity to be redirected to a place it can be more efficiently used. With this in mind, it comes as no surprise that implementing such shades and systems into Boston’s new and existing buildings will dramatically aid in the city’s goal of becoming carbon-neutral by 2050.

Joshua Boyd

Josh’s hobbies include spending time with his wife, Meredith, and two children, Alex (9 years old) and Emerson (6 years old). These are the three people that always keep him on his toes! Josh and his wife enjoy watching Alex’s football and Emerson’s cheerleading, and they love all Boston sports, especially the Patriots and Celtics. Josh’s favorite activities involve spending time with family and close, core group of friends.