Polycarbonate Roofing Solution Maximizes Natural Light in Score OKC Sports Facility

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Polycarbonate Roofing Solution Maximizes Natural Light in Score OKC Sports Facility
By Jeramy Albert, Business Unit Manager - Construction Products

Located in Edmond, Oklahoma, Score OKC is a state-of-the-art indoor multi-sport facility and design-build project completed in late 2018. The facility is composed of approximately 70,000 sq ft of sporting area, a 4,000 sq ft lobby, and a 3,000 sq ft viewing mezzanine. 

SUNSKY panels were installed to allow daylight to offset the amount of artificial lighting needed to properly illuminate the interior of the building, reducing energy costs long-term. This process is commonly referred to as Daylight Harvesting.

Maximizing Natural Light in the Score OKC facility 

Using SUNSKY in less than 5% of the roof area allowed diffused daylight to illuminate the facility completely. The color of the panel also allowed for a higher light diffusion, spreading out the daylight evenly while avoiding harsh glares and shadows. Additionally, a Daylight Harvesting module, also known as a photocontroller, was installed and programmed. 

The photocontroller uses a photocell to read light levels and transmit the data to the controller module, usually located in the lighting control panel. When the light level data received from the photocell indicates that the setpoint (in this example, 50 foot-candles) has been reached for a sufficient time, the controller will switch lighting off. 

Conversely, when light level data from the photocell indicates that the daylight contribution is not adequate, the controller will switch lighting on. This is called a closed loop system. The photocontroller saves energy by automating the artificial lighting, thus lessening the cooling load of the building and allows a ‘set it and forget it’ solution.

It is important to note that the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) has stated in their report RP-6-15 that a Class III sporting facility, such as Score OKC, only requires 30 foot-candles of light to achieve maximum results for sports. Typically, the Score OKC building regularly maintains 50 foot-candles.

During the summer, when the sun is high in the sky, the facility has been known to reach 100 foot-candles by daylighting alone. SUNSKY 12 and all other building products were provided by Gideon Steel Panel Company, LLC, an authorized distributor for Palram Americas and premier manufacturer for metal roofing and metal building components.

In the examples below, NO artificial lights were turned on at any point. Any light you see is natural daylight.

Installation details: 3,120 sq ft of Palram’s SUNSKY® 12, 1.5 mm (0.059”) polycarbonate panels in white opal with 45% light transmission.

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