The Energy-Efficient Commercial Buildings Tax Deduction (CBTD) was created by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to encourage investment in energy-efficient interior lighting, HVAC/hot water systems and the building envelope.
“The new and emerging energy market is creating quite a buzz among ECs at conferences like Lightfair International with LED lighting at the center of the conversation,” said Steven Witz, vice president, Continental Electrical Construction Co., Oak Brook, Ill.
The next step is to develop the basis of design or design intent, which can be expressed using two best practice tools. The first tool is the lighting control narrative, a document that describes how the intended control system will satisfy the owner project requirements.
With the growing popularity of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) in different applications, manufacturers are offering more choices, leaving end-users with a dizzying selection of the latest and greatest technology, and they often pass off the specifying to electrical contractors (ECs) who are becoming m
These days, it seems every aspect of our energy consumption is transforming, and in that regard, the lighting industry is no exception. Within the lighting industry, light-emitting diodes (LEDs) have assumed a prominent role in the quest for greater efficiency and reduced costs.
Juno Lighting Group, a commercial and residential lighting solutions provider, hosted more than 200 specifiers, contractors and distributors at a grand reopening event of its Des Plaines, Ill., lighting education center.
According to Department of Energy statistics, about 22 percent of all electricity generated in the United States is used for lighting, and about 10 percent of that is used for outdoor lighting and signs.
Following a major technological shift from mercury vapor to metal halide in the past decade or so, high-intensity discharge (HID) product innovation is focused on this source type, specifically pulse-start systems.
Joel Spira, who founded Lutron Electronics Co. in 1961, invented the first solid-state dimmer in 1959. For decades after, dimmers were largely used to control the aesthetic environment. Only in recent years has dimming become an important part of the energy costs saving debate.
With lighting and communications technology evolving rapidly, lighting manufacturers are under pressure to determine how to best reach out to and train busy electrical contractors (ECs) on new and existing products.
More than 8 billion lamps illuminate the United States, accounting for nearly 20 percent of all electricity consumption in the nation, according to a study released by the Department of Energy (DOE). The “2010 U.S.
The International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) is a model residential and commercial building energy code produced by the International Code Council, an organization dedicated to building safety and fire prevention.
Is it possible that some T5 lighting fixtures are perfectly efficient? One might get that idea based on some efficiency ratings of 98–100 percent, although it might not seem possible. Such a rating must be a mistake, right? But it’s not.
The ongoing quest for more efficient, greener power seems to touch on almost every aspect of modern life, including cars, home electricity, manufacturing and building construction. Even lighting has come under scrutiny. In that regard, a recent report by the U.S.
Lighting continues to be a huge chunk of a building’s annual energy costs—between 20 and 40 percent. While the need for light will never go away, analyzing its costs through energy modeling can help secure the installation of more efficient technologies.