This year brought sparse positive economic news, as soaring energy costs drove steep price increases and the mortgage meltdown stalled residential construction and later commercial construction with the credit crunch.
George W Flach wrote the Code Q&A column For roughly 40 years; regular readers are likely used to a certain format and style could not and did not wish to replicate. He was truly one-of-a-kind. That said, we want to maintain an outlet for all your National Electrical Code (NEC) questions.
Earlier this year, the US Department of Energy (DOE) launched Commercial Lighting Solutions, an interactive Web tool that provides lighting templates, supported by construction documents, that can help commercial building owners achieve desirable lighting quality while improving lighting efficiency
DTE Energy is helping Detroit Edison customers make their homes more energy efficient with discounts of up to 50 percent on compact-fluorescent lamps (CFLs). The specially priced bulbs are available now through DTE Energy at several area retailers for as little as 99 cents apiece.
Chicago O'Hare International Airport has been expanding its runway system and installing a new airfield lighting system, a new electric lighting vault and a lighting control sys-tem that provides and regulates power for runway and taxiway lighting throughout the airport. Divane Bros.
Bilevel switching, in which alternate rows, fixtures or lamps are separately circuited and independently controlled, has been demonstrated in one study to produce 22 percent energy savings in private offices.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) predicts that solid-state lighting will achieve efficacies as high as 160 lumens per watt and provide most of our general lighting needs within the next 20 years, thereby reducing the nation’s energy costs by 6–7 percent.
Between 1984 and 2003, the percentage of people directly using a computer at work more than doubled to nearly 57 percent. The widespread adoption of computers not only changed office environments but also best practices in lighting and, by extension, office lighting technology.
Proving that city landmarks and structures don’t need to go dark to be energy conscious, the Peace Bridge in Buffalo, N.Y./Fort Erie, Ontario, has undergone an energy-conscious transformation made possible by light-emitting diode (LED) technology.
In Turner Construction's 2008 Green Building Market Barometer survey of 754 commercial real estate executives, a significant percentage of respondents view green buildings as having lower operating costs and higher building values, rent requirements, occupancy rates and overall return on investment
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has released market research results that illuminate America’s need for information about energy and cost saving through modern lighting systems.
The International Code Council (ICC) develops model codes regulating construction of residential and commercial buildings, one of which is the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). Most states have a commercial or residential energy code that is based on some version of the IECC.
While the dominant theme at ISC West was going digital and networking, the 2009 Lightfair International was all about going green—how smart use of lighting can make big reductions in energy consumption.
Results of a recent study conducted by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, suggest that most containers used for storage and transportation of used fluorescent lamps to recycling centers do not provide necessary levels of protection against