To help achieve the PlaNYC goal of a 30% reduction in greenhouse gases by the year 2030, on December 9, 2009, the New York City Council enacted ambitious legislation targeting energy consumption in buildings. Recognizing that 85% of the buildings that exist today will still be in use in 2030, the Council is focusing on existing buildings. New York’s 22,000 largest buildings, concentrated largely in Manhattan, account for roughly 45% of total floorspace and energy consumption, and were specifically targeted by the legislation to make the biggest impact for the smallest amount of government intervention.
Archives for January 2011
Universal Lighting Technologies is promoting Bruce Spencer to Vice President, Distribution Sales, from his current position as Senior Director, Distribution Sales U.S. In his new role, Spencer will oversee the sale of all Universal and Vossloh-Schwabe products within the distribution channel throughout the United States. The change is in line with Universal’s strategic commitment to grow the current distribution channel.
GE has published an informative guide to linear fluorescent lamp dimming, available here.
The big news is that ASHRAE 90.1-2010 has been published. It represents a major leap in evolution of the energy standard; it’s basically almost an entirely new standard. Lighting controls play a starring role. Here is a summary of lighting control-related changes that caught my eye at first glance.
Maintenance Solutions Magazine recently published an interesting article by Denise Fong, a principal of lighting design firm Candela, that talks about the six categories of lighting controls. The Lighting Controls Association was proud to sponsor this special section.
As a manufacturers rep agency covering Tennessee, Arkansas, and Northern Mississippi, John Moore & Associates (JMA) had been singing the praises of DEMANDflex™ ballasts and DCL® control systems since they were first introduced to the market in 2008. And yet, the company was still using 400-watt metal halide ballasts at its 100,000 sq. ft. warehouse just outside of Nashville. Finally, in August 2010, they decided it was time to stop wasting money and start practicing what they were preaching.
Encelium’s Energy Control System delivers up to 75% lighting energy savings.
Encelium Technologies has announced that it has secured $11 million in a financing round led by Siemens Venture Capital (SVC), the corporate venture capital organization of Siemens, and joined by existing investor Townsend Ventures. As part of the investment, Mike Majors, Investment Partner with SVC, has joined the Encelium Board of Directors. With more than 70 employees and operations in the U.S., Canada and Europe, Encelium has experienced tremendous growth, posting nearly 100% annual sales increase over the past two years.
Universal Lighting Technologies is establishing new lines of communication with its customers, staff, media, and the general public by launching a social media campaign on a variety of popular websites including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.