Each year, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) designates October as National Energy Awareness Month also known as Energy Action Month. This observance promotes smart energy choices and showcases how critical energy is to our national prosperity, security, and environmental well-being. The effort also helps increase recognition of the importance of sustainability in managing the nation’s energy resources.
Energy efficiency is top-of-mind for all businesses today. Facility managers are constantly seeking ways to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs. In order to support these efforts, government agencies have implemented programs to help finance technologies that save energy, cut pollution and help enable sustainability.
With all the new entrants in the market, the rapid pace of change, and almost every product claiming energy-efficiency in the lighting industry, it is hard to know which products are high performing and which qualify for industry rebates and incentives. Where can you go to get the trusted information that you need? The answer is – The DesignLights Consortium® (DLC).
Green office buildings in the U.S. are defined as those that hold either an EPA ENERGY STAR® label, U.S. Green Building Council LEED® certification or both. ENERGY STAR is a US government-backed organization that helps businesses determine cost-effective approaches to primarily managing energy use in their buildings. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a third-party green building certification program and the globally recognized standard for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings and neighborhoods. It is the most widely used green building rating system in the world.
Selecting a smart lighting system can be daunting partly because you need to have a basic understanding of networking. How will the luminaires, sensors and controls connect and reliably communicate with each other on your smart lighting network?
Building owners and facility executives are always looking for new ways to control energy costs. Plug loads significantly impact an energy budget—sometimes accounting for as much as 50% of the total energy consumption in commercial spaces, and there are no-cost and low-cost solutions that can tackle the problem.
It’s that time of the year! It’s time for our annual prediction list of top commercial lighting trends for the coming year.
Those that made our top 5 list for 2018 have broad impact across the commercial lighting industry. Each highlights how technology-driven the industry has become and indicates the direction we see lighting systems take as part of the broader smart building and IoT world. It’s going to be an exciting year!
Advances in lighting technologies coupled with building code requirements have resulted in a sharp decline in the amount of electricity used for lighting commercial buildings. Despite that success, there is still room for substantial improvement. The most recent report by the Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS), says that lighting still accounts for 17% of all electricity consumed in U.S. commercial buildings.
Winter is coming! And with it shorter days and an increased need for more artificial light. This in turn is prompting many organizations to consider new lighting control strategies to reduce energy consumption without negatively impacting their tenants or workers. One smart lighting control strategy that we find often overlooked or perhaps misunderstood is daylight harvesting. So let’s take a look at what it is and how it can be beneficial.
Compared to many other industries, commercial real estate has been slow to adopt new technology innovations. However, the next generation of employees expect a different work environment with mobility, modern tools, and data at their fingertips. Their knowledge of technology is redefining the workplace moving forward.