January 1, 2018

Eneref Institute examines the decisions behind installing a lighting system that combined daylight with LED.

“At the end of the day no lights on is better than some lights on. If light is fully available from the sun, why not use it?”

Large Skylights Lead Sustainability Effort for Rooms To Go Warehouse

Rooms To Go is a chain of furniture stores that has grown to 226 outlets across the United States since its founding by Jeffrey Seaman in 1990. Even as the company has rapidly expanded, they have chosen to engage environmental stewardship as a way to enhance their leadership position within the retail furniture industry.

The bulk of those efforts has been in the area of minimizing their energy footprint. A significant part of their energy-savings has been the installation of over 300 large domed skylights in their newest shipping and receiving facility in Dunn, North Carolina. The 1.4 million square foot Dunn facility has been open since late 2015, and is now the company’s largest facility in the South Atlantic states.

The company’s installation of skylights at their new facility is backed up with five years of successful installation of skylights in other Rooms To Go warehouses. The intent in all of these installations is to reduce energy expenses in these massive facilities. Innovations are a part of the company’s culture, as established by founder Seaman.

white armchair and wall decorated of interior design

“Without the Cabrio windows, it wouldn’t have been a room; it would have just been ordinary attic space.”

Right to Daylight