Alcoa Kawneer Business Introduces Its New InLighten® Light Shelf – a Versatile Solution That Enhances Energy Savings

March 14, 2012

New Design Maximizes Natural Lighting, Aesthetics and Value

NORCROSS, Ga.–Alcoa’s Kawneer architectural aluminum business introduced its new
InLighten® Light Shelf today. By using minimalist design
principles, Kawneer has rewritten the energy saving value equation for
its architectural light shelf. The design leverages minimal material
content, sightlines, weight, installation and maintenance efforts, all
while maximizing daylighting and design options at a competitive price.
The ability to attach the minimal sightline light shelf to multiple
Kawneer curtain wall systems and storefront framing systems makes it
ideal for both new and retrofit projects.

Kawneer’s new InLighten® Light Shelf has superior aesthetics,
a tilt feature, enhanced performance and several fabrication and
assembly advantages. At the core of functionality, architectural light
shelves are designed to reflect sunlight deeper into the interior of a
building by “bouncing” natural light up to the ceiling and have been
proven to reduce perimeter lighting requirements and enhance the
occupant experience. The new InLighten® Light Shelf features
an extruded aluminum chassis system and offers several panel choices. In
addition to the traditional opaque Reynobond® aluminum
composite material (ACM) panels, lightweight translucent polycarbonate
panels are now a standard offering. And, the availability of depths of
up to 30-inches allows for the overall reflective surface to be

Versatility in Performance and Installation

InLighten® Light Shelf’s new design incorporates a unique
mounting bracket that allows the panel to be effortlessly tilted for
care and cleaning. Additionally, panels can be fabricated and assembled
in the shop, which significantly reduces time spent in the field before
installation. InLighten® Light Shelf has been thoughtfully
designed so it does not interfere with the installation or operation of
typical window treatments and has been thoroughly tested using advanced
finite element analysis (FEA) modeling techniques and physical testing.

Environmental Advantages

Architectural light shelves have become an integral part of the
daylighting strategy for sustainable building design. Strategically
placing the InLighten® Light Shelf can allow for maximum
daylighting and reflect natural light deeper into occupied spaces. Light
shelves have been proven to reduce requirements for artificial perimeter
lighting, thereby conserving electrical energy costs. In addition to
increased daylight control and energy savings, InLighten®
Light Shelf can help earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
(LEED®*) credits in three categories: Materials & Resources –
Recycled Content, Energy & Atmosphere – Optimize Energy Performance and
Indoor Environmental Quality – Daylight and Views.

To learn more about Kawneer and its range of products, please visit

About Kawneer

With more than 100 years of innovation and experience, Kawneer North
America is headquartered in Norcross, GA, and is the leading
manufacturer of architectural aluminum products and systems for the
commercial construction industry. Kawneer is a part of Alcoa’s global
Building and Construction Systems (BCS) business unit. In 2010 Traco, a
leading manufacturer of windows for more than 65 years, joined Alcoa BCS
as a division of Kawneer. Alcoa BCS manufactures and markets
architectural systems and products in North America, Europe, Asia and
the Middle East. Alcoa is the world’s leading producer of primary and
fabricated aluminum as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and
refiner of alumina, and has been active in all major aspects of the
industry for the past 120 years. For more information on Kawneer or its
products, please visit

* LEED is a registered trademark of the U.S. Green Building Council

About Alcoa

Alcoa (NYSE:AA) is the world’s leading producer of primary and
fabricated aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and
refiner of alumina. In addition to inventing the modern-day aluminum
industry, Alcoa innovation has been behind major milestones in the
aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial
transportation, consumer electronics and industrial markets over the
past 120 years. Among the solutions Alcoa markets are flat-rolled
products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as well as Alcoa® wheels,
fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building
systems in addition to its expertise in other light metals such as
titanium and nickel-based super alloys. Sustainability is an integral
part of Alcoa’s operating practices and the product design and
engineering it provides to customers. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow
Jones Sustainability Index for 10 consecutive years and approximately 75
percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in
active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 61,000 people in 31
countries across the world. More information can be found at