Solon, OH /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ – Fiberstars Inc., a global leader in fiber optic lighting, recently announced that the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has installed Fiberstars EFO® to illuminate key sections of the Council's headquarters in Washington, D.C. EFO is Fiberstars' efficient fiber optic lighting system that uses one-third the energy of conventional halogen lighting. Utilizing the EFO system helped the USGBC's designers achieve their own high standard for energy efficient design and meet the Council's own LEED® requirements.
The USGBC's core purpose is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life. It is also the driving force behind LEED, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System™, the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings' performance. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.
LEED for Commercial Interiors sets the national green benchmark for the tenant improvement market and is the recognized standard for certifying high- performance green interiors that are healthy, productive places to work, are less costly to operate and maintain, and reduce environmental footprint. LEED for Commercial Interiors gives the power to make sustainable choices to tenants and designers, who do not always have control over whole building operations. Fiberstars fiber optic lighting helped achieve the design goals of reducing excess lighting and also dealing with the challenge of the unusually low floor-to-floor heights of 8 feet 4 inches in the Council Headquarters building, which complicated the overall planning with regards to ductwork, lighting and electrical.
"This project exemplifies the value of Fiberstars technology," says John Davenport, Fiberstars CEO. "By incorporating EFO, USGBC can expect to drastically reduce its lighting energy consumption, lower its lighting maintenance costs and reduce waste. In doing so, USGBC has made itself an example of the green building practices it promotes. We are proud that USGBC has chosen Fiberstars to reach this goal."
Many other buildings around the world, including the offices of the prestigious green architecture firm Gensler and the Bank of America building now under construction in Manhattan, use or have specified Fiberstars EFO in order to meet LEED specifications.
About Fiberstars Inc.
Fiberstars Inc., is a leading supplier of fiber optic lighting and the world's only supplier of EFO, a lighting technology which is more efficient than conventional electric lamps. Fiberstars products are designed, manufactured and marketed for the commercial lighting, sign and swimming pool and spa markets. Fiberstars fiber optic lighting provides energy savings, aesthetic, safety and maintenance cost benefits over conventional lighting. Customers include supermarket chains, retail stores, fast food restaurants, theme parks and casinos, hotels, swimming pool builders, spa manufacturers and many others. The Company is headquartered in Solon, OH, and has additional offices in Pleasanton, CA, New York City, United Kingdom and Germany. For more information, see www.fiberstars.com.
Safe Harbor Statement
Forward-looking statements in this release are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements include statements regarding the business outlook for EFO systems. Investors are cautioned that all forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from the results predicted. Risk factors that could affect the Company's future include, but are not limited to, the slowing U.S. and world economy and its effects on Fiberstars' markets, failure to develop marketable products from new technologies, failure of EFO or other new products to meet performance expectation. For more information about potential factors which could affect Fiberstars financial results, please refer to Fiberstars' SEC reports, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2005, and its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof. Fiberstars disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.
Source: Fiberstars Inc. (www.fiberstars.com)