Housing starts in 2007 had declined by more than one-third from their 2005 peak, but the market for home technologies remains strong, according to the Sixth Annual State of the Builder Technology Market study conducted by the Consumer Electronics Association.
After Jeff McCullough's talk at Intertech’s LEDs October 2007 conference, an audience member declared that McCullough’s employer, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is “taming the Wild West” and suggested that he wear a cowboy hat.
The recent national energy bill banning incandescent bulbs by 2014 has mandated energy-efficient residential lighting. Before introducing the latest lighting devices, electrical contractors (ECs) need to survey homeowners’ needs and lifestyles.
Hindering adoption of advanced lighting control strategies is the idea of whether these strategies work together in combination as advertised to produce consistent energy savings and worker satisfaction, thereby justifying a higher initial cost.
With 40-hour-plus work weeks the norm and no signs of that trend reversing, seeing well in the office at any time of day or night is necessary to get the job done. Illumination in the office can mean a combination of different types of light, artificial and natural.
Few areas of electrical contracting have changed at a rate greater than residential lighting controls. Residential product offerings have grown exponentially as social and political agendas continue to shape energy supplies—as more middle-income homeowners take control over lighting.
Speelman Electric assists housing authority in lighting installation When Ameresco was seeking a contractor for the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority’s (AMHA) $10 million energy conservation project, the company called on Speelman Electric Inc., Tallmadge, Ohio.
Fueled by a hot real estate market, residential lighting manufacturers are creating products that integrate design and function at the onset. Although custom homes comprise 17 percent of all new homes, they account for almost 30 percent of all expenditures for building products.
Cancellation of the 2005 National Electrical Contractors Association’s (NECA) convention in New Orleans due to Hurricane Katrina was a minor disappointment compared to the loss of life, destruction of billions of dollars of property and the diaspora of many of the city’s residents.
Daylighting and energy-efficient products are just two of today’s trends in the commerical lighting market. These are being driven by several forces, including restrictive energy regulation and research by institutions and companies.
Schools and research and development (R&D) facilities are multifaceted, multifunction organizations with the need for flexible and adaptable lighting for safety, security and working tasks. Start with a thorough site survey and analysis of the facility.
Drive past hospitals at night and you are sure to see lights glowing in many windows. But as hospital mangers seek advanced lighting technology to reduce energy consumption, that glow is changing. Healthcare facilities want more from their lighting these days.