A free brochure now available from Schneider Electric details lighting control requirements within the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Green Building Rating System™, and lighting control’s energy and cost-savings potential in the certification process. The brochure, titled “Lighting control solutions for LEED certification,” is geared to commercial building facility managers, including those in industrial, retail, healthcare and education settings, and is available online.
“This new brochure is a great resource because it not only highlights lighting control options available from Schneider Electric to assist facility managers with their LEED certification process, but it also outlines the specific components of the LEED rating system,” said Scott Jordan, product manager, Schneider Electric Installation Systems & Control. “Schneider Electric has been designing, manufacturing and supporting results-driven lighting control for more than 20 years, a track record unmatched in the industry. We have the expertise to understand a customer’s LEED project goals and can recommend the right solution set to meet those goals. This brochure is a great starting point.”
The LEED Green Building Rating System, administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, defines common standards of measurement for efficient use of resources within five types of buildings: new constructions, existing buildings, commercial interiors, K-12 schools, and building core and shell. LEED is a points-based system with four certification levels — Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum — awarded based on total points earned. Points are awarded in the categories of Sustainable Site; Water Efficiency; Energy & Atmosphere; Material & Resources; Indoor Environment Quality; Innovation in Design; and Regional Priority.
The new brochure identifies how Schneider Electric lighting control solutions can contribute to the accrual of LEED certification points in several of those categories, including:
Sustainable Site — Lighting control from Schneider Electric can be applied to reduce light pollution by lowering light levels, operating shades and blinds, and switching lights automatically to adjust to sunset and sunrise schedules.
Energy & Atmosphere — Lighting control can be leveraged to reduce energy consumption and peak demand to optimize energy performance, while seamlessly integrating a building’s lighting control and electrical metering functions for system-level metering. Schneider Electric also provides a wide variety of enhanced commissioning services, including initial design consultation, project management, start-up and ongoing system monitoring, to ensure its lighting control solutions are delivering maximum energy savings and performance.
Indoor Environment Quality — Controllability of systems and lighting by building occupants is available from Schneider Electric for everything from individual offices to large open spaces to entire buildings. Daylight and views can be maximized by controllable window treatments, operated in conjunction with daylight harvesting and time-based scheduling.
Innovation in Design — Credits are available to design teams for performance beyond those set by the LEED Green Building Rating System, and good examples include use of innovative Schneider Electric lighting control and power monitoring systems.
“There are many ways to alter general building operations to gain LEED certification, but lighting control is essential because it involves many of the categories within the certification process,” Jordan said. “Lighting is one of the largest contributors to energy waste in buildings, and Schneider Electric has tools to help facility managers find the right solution based on need, size and LEED certification level being pursued.”
For more information about Schneider Electric, visit www.squaredlightingcontrol.com.