Cherokee Investment Partners, a private equity fund managing institutional capital to acquire environmentally impacted properties, recently challenged itself to oversee construction of a sustainable residential project that, to prospective owners, would look and feel like a traditional home. The Raleigh, North Carolina project, dubbed the National Homebuilder Mainstream GreenHome, includes energy saving occupancy and vacancy sensors and time switches from Watt Stopper/Legrand throughout the home.
While planning the Palms of Perdido condominium project on beautiful Perdido Key, Florida, developers and resident owners Dick and Teresa Domurat spent several years researching amenities, including lighting controls. They selected Miro wireless RF controls and occupancy sensors from Watt Stopper/Legrand based on ease of installation, simplicity of system expansion and product performance and styling.
A breakthrough light management system from Lutron® Electronics Co., Inc., recently installed in a new, landmark Manhattan office tower, is achieving a “stunning” 70 percent energy savings compared to the ambitious energy-efficiency benchmark the building was designed to meet.
Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. introduces the next generation of the Quantum™ total light management system for improved comfort and productivity and the capability to reduce a building’s lighting electricity usage by 60 percent or more.
Principals and associates at The Lighting Practice, a design firm based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, have long advocated sustainable design, and have recently had the opportunity to take their own advice. While planning a move that was completed in June 2007, they designed tenant improvements incorporating energy saving lighting controls that exceeded code requirements and let them demonstrate best practices to customers.
Associate Principal Julie Panassow and Lighting Designer Pomme Suchato were responsible for lighting the new space, and they selected a lighting control panel, occupancy sensors and daylighting controls from Watt Stopper/Legrand to achieve their goals. They succeeded in reducing the firm’s demand for energy, and set a green example for clients.
The Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 2005 created the Commercial Buildings Deduction (CBD), which established an accelerated tax deduction rewarding investment in energy-efficient interior lighting, HVAC/hot water systems and building envelope. Initially set to expire December 31, 2007 and then December 31, 2008, the CBD was recently extended by Congress to expire in five years: December 31, 2013.
When interior designer Katy Mellon, Allied Member ASID, undertook designing the complete remodel of a 1968 tract home in San Diego, California, she embarked on an eye-opening learning experience. The prime goal was to create a safe, efficient, attractive and accessible home for her son, Nathaniel Ladendorf. Ladendorf is disabled from a spinal cord injury and needs wheelchair access to all areas of his residence. Mellon also had to meet California Title 24 requirements, but did not want to compromise her design scheme in order to do so.
Lighting controls, including Watt Stopper/Legrand’s Miro controls and residential occupancy and vacancy sensors, played an important role in the successful completion of the project. Ladendorf moved into his home in December 2007 and Mellon says, “Every time I see Nathaniel come into his house and touch just one switch to light up his safe haven, I experience great peace of mind.”
Founded in 1884, Ganahl Lumber Company is California’s oldest lumber retailer. Today, Ganahl operates eight stores in Orange County. Ganahl was selected by its utility provider as an ideal candidate for DCL technology in 2005. Ganahl agreed to install a complete DCL system in its 20,000 sq. ft. retail and office facility in Costa Mesa, California. The installation was performed by Energy Controls & Concepts, Inc. (ECC), an industry leader in the analysis, development, and management of lighting efficiency projects. DCL (or Demand Control Lighting) allows Ganahl to reduce lighting levels throughout the building with a single command. The DCL control unit communicates with the building’s lighting ballasts at the circuit level in order to reduce power anywhere from 1 percent to 50 percent. The result is significant energy and financial savings.
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) launched the Premium Ballast program to identify the industry’s most efficient fluorescent fixed-output and dimmable electronic T8 ballasts, thereby providing a mechanism for market recognition and specification of these products.
NYSERDA sponsored a demonstration project featuring a new Integrated Classroom Lighting System (ICLS) created by Finelite, Inc., a fixture manufacturer, installed as a retrofit into 28 existing classrooms at seven schools and universities. The Lighting Research Center (LRC) assessed teacher and student satisfaction. The result is a design template demonstrated to satisfy audio-visual needs and improve teacher and student satisfaction while reducing lighting power density to an average 0.73W/sq.ft., nearly 50% less than ASHRAE 90.1-2004/2007. Although Finelite optimized the design into an engineered system integrating the company’s light fixtures with state-of-the-art lighting control strategies, the template, if properly designed, can be treated as open source with suitable products from a wide range of manufacturers.