In March 2012, the International Code Council announced availability of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), a model code for constructing and remodeling buildings to a higher sustainability standard. The IgCC establishes a baseline for new and existing construction regarding energy efficiency, water efficiency, site impacts, building waste, material source efficiency and other sustainability measures, […]
Craig DiLouie, LC recently interviewed Mike Crane, product manager for Hubbell Building Automation, for ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR on the topic of wireless RF lighting control. The interview is published here in its raw form. DiLouie Please describe what wireless RF lighting control is, how it works, and its intended purpose. Crane: Wireless RF lighting control is […]
AMERICAN SCHOOL & UNIVERSITY recently published an article by Anne Hildenbrand, AIA, LEED AP, and Lisa Lamkin, AIA, CSI, LEED AP of BRW Architects, who described their work on John T. White Elementary School, the first school in the Fort Worth (Texas) district to be verified as a High Performance School by the Collaborative for […]
In an article recently published by CONSULTING-SPECIFYING ENGINEER, Scott Ziegenfus, senior applications engineer with Lutron Electronics, defines a role for lighting in demand response strategies. Check it out here.
Demand for electricity in the United States has gone up in all but four years since 1949. The Department of Energy predicts growth in capacity of 0.6% per year through the year 2040. Many states and utilities have long considered energy efficiency a resource for satisfying growing demand. According to a study by the American […]
Dr. Ian Rowbottom of Lutron Electronics authored a whitepaper on the Lutron website titled, “Building Dimmers Vs. Building Power Plants.” Using simple math, he makes a case that while it costs $1.40-$7.75 to build a watt of electric generating capacity, it costs only about $0.35 to remove a watt with a dimmer. He writes, “At […]
IMS Research projects that the market for lighting control devices in commercial buildings will double from 2010 to 2017, with shipments of devices increasing from 29.6 million to 61.6 million. Most of these components will be connected ballasts that contain a connectivity technology such as DALI or ZigBee, says the research organization. One of the […]
Despite a national recovery from the recession in 2009, construction activity in the United States continued to spiral downward in following years. Total construction spending declined to under $800 billion in 2011 from its peak of more than $1 trillion in 2008. In 2012, the market turned a corner and achieved a level of growth […]
Guest post by Jim Brodrick, U.S. Department of Energy There’s a great deal of interest these days in occupancy sensors as a way to save energy in outdoor commercial lighting applications. Done right, they can increase the energy savings from a lighting system that’s already efficient – such as one based on LEDs, whose inherent […]
ECO-STRUCTURE has published an article by industry educator Craig DiLouie, LC on the topic of daylight harvesting. Read it here.