The commercial real estate industry is at an inflection point as a number of parallel trends are shaping transformation in the industry.
First, the industry is moving from products to services, and ownership to access. Examples of this in other industries include buying cloud services instead of building out a data center; listening to streaming music instead of purchasing CDs; or renting a dress for a black tie wedding rather than purchasing one.
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors. The organization believes that the United States could reduce its energy use—by as much as 40-60% by 2050—if we are willing to embrace a more focused and aggressive approach. The organization achieves its mission by:
Tunable white light technology provides the ability to control a light source’s color temperature and intensity. It has been used to support the aesthetic design visions of a space, but today this technology is also at the forefront of health and wellness applications directly affected by light.
If you think lighting design is simple, think again. Lighting design has become a creative extension of architectural design. According to the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), knowledge of physics, optics, electricity, ergonomics, business, codes, environmental issues, construction, vision and the art of design are all essential to creating great lighting solutions.
This blog post is the second of a 2-part introductory series on Lighting Controls in Retrofit Applications. In part 1, we highlighted the importance of controls in any retrofit solution and touched on factors beyond additional energy savings including qualification of rebates and incentives, supporting business needs beyond energy savings, and preparing you for the future of smart building applications and the Internet of Things (IoT). In this post, we focus on choosing a LED retrofit kit or purchasing new LED luminaires.
A building doesn’t have to be new to be energy efficient or to integrate advanced technology. Buildings can be retrofitted to incorporate the latest advancements in lighting and lighting control technology. In fact, energy-efficient LED lighting options that qualify businesses and commercial property owners for government/utility rebates and incentives have stimulated a wave of successful retrofits in commercial buildings.
We are pleased to announce that several customer favorites, OPTOTRONIC® LED Drivers and the ENCELIUM EDGE™ Light Management System, have each won multiple product awards for innovation and excellence from respected industry organizations! These awards are in addition to the seven awards mentioned in a previous 2018 blog post.
We’ve all heard about the key attributes of LED luminaires over traditional incandescent, fluorescent and halogen fixtures: greater energy efficiency, resistance to breakage, less heat emitted, and a longer lifespan. These benefits are easy to see or measure and are responsible for the widespread adoption of this technology across the commercial real estate industry. In addition, because SSL fixtures are digital in nature, important data about the location and health of a specific fixture or fixtures across a facility can be captured and leveraged by facilities teams.
Lighting controls range from simple switches to networked light management systems that leverage the latest technologies. Commercial real estate including offices, hospitals, retail establishments, schools and universities have all adopted smart lighting systems. The initial benefits that drew early adopters to smart lighting were the dramatic reductions in energy usage and the related costs. Today’s systems, however, are more technologically advanced and offer so much more.
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.