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News & Muse Letter January 2012
In This Issue
Breaking Down Barriers at John St Roundhouse
Building Energy Code Update
Regulatory Update
New Projects at
Colour + Light
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The new year is only days old, and already it's looking like a time of change in lighting.  New codes and regulations, combined with the exploding evolution of lighting technology, are redefining some parameters of design.  
In this issue, we are featuring two important lighting topics: the challenge of heritage buildings, and codes & regulations.
Your comments are welcome.  Tell us about a lighting topic that interests you.   
Deborah Gottesman, P.Eng., MBA, LC
Gottesman Associates
Breaking Down Barriers

The John Street Roundhouse


Heritage projects are often perceived to be constrained by 'one for one replacements'.   Here's how we went beyond interventional limitations with The John Street Roundhouse, a locomotive facility built by Canadian Pacific Railway in the heart of Toronto in 1929. 


The Challenge - How to illuminate historic structures to bring presence to the park, given restrictions from adding poles or mounting to the roundhouse building. 


Our Response - Using the building as a black canvas, rhythmic lighting creates a presence with no building intervention.  


Award Winning Results - A respectful, artistic lighting response that "cleverly evokes the wheel of a steam train - spokes and all" (LD+A) transcended the originating design problems.  


Gottesman Associates was awarded a 2011 Illuminating Engineering Society Award of Merit for the design.    


The project was also enthusiastically covered by Lighting Design and Application in "Roundhouse Punch"  (see page 36), and online by illumni-The World of Creative Lighting.   


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Building Energy Code Update
It's time to update your Canadian building energy code.  Various formats of the 2011 National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings (NECB) are now available from the 
If you have any lighting questions, we'd be happy to help. Gottesman Associates is the proud developer of the explanatory material for Lighting Section 4.  
Important Regulatory Update:   
Incandescent & Halogen Lamps  
Popular screw-base incandescent and halogen lamps, including A and PAR types, were to be subject to new regulation in 2012, effectively banning the lamps up to 150W as we know them.  Their fate changed in late December when Ontario postponed implementation to 2014, while US Congress overturned the bill altogether.  

New Projects Added to Our Website
        US Great Hall          RSGC
Website Launch:  Colour + LightC+L2

Gottesman associate Sharyn Adler Gitalis has launched her new website for Colour + Light. Sharyn is a skilled integrator of lush colour and innovative light. Click here to see more.

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