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.
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.
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.
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.
Code authorities are considering approaches to energy codes that are performance based instead of mainly prescriptive. In a performance-based code, the building would be designed so that it would operate within a target limit for energy consumption—using annual kWh/sq.ft. instead of W/sq.ft. as the primary metric.
Universal Lighting Technologies has earned a certificate of recognition from the State of Tamaulipas Environmental Agency (AADST) in Mexico. The award recognizes the company’s successful completion of AADST’s Voluntary Compliance Environmental Audit at the Universal manufacturing facility in Matamoros.
Control wiring provides a path for command and status communication between control devices in a lighting and control system and, in many cases, power to the devices as well. Wiring is interrelated with overall lighting control system considerations—such as selection of control system and components, layout and installation practices—and is therefore an important consideration when choosing a lighting control solution.
Acuity Brands has announced the opening of its new training center at its Sensor Switch facility located in Wallingford, CT. This facility is designed to provide hands-on training for Sensor Switch customers and business partners and to showcase the newest Acuity Brands® intelligent LED lighting and lighting controls solutions.