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Lutron and Siemens Announce Joint Energy Efficiency Initiative for Commercial Buildings

Lutron Electronics and the Building Technologies Division of Siemens Industry, Inc. recently announced their collaborative development effort to help make commercial buildings more energy efficient.

The Lutron Quantum® Total Light Management System, which controls lights, shades, and small appliances, and the Siemens APOGEE® Building Automation System, which allows multiple building systems to work together regardless of their architecture, can be easily integrated together via BACnet. Having these two powerful systems sharing information not only helps make a building more energy efficient, but also can help improve maintenance efficiencies, allowing facility managers and building owners to better evaluate the energy usage within their buildings.

To support these efforts, Lutron and Siemens produced a technical whitepaper offering how-to instructions for integrating the systems. It is available to all Siemens branch offices and APOGEE dealers, as well as to Lutron sales and field service representatives. The technical paper can guide consulting-specifying engineers in helping to design an efficient system.

“By working closely with Siemens to jointly test the BACnet integration between the Quantum and APOGEE systems, we are able to provide facility managers with a better user experience and ‘single pane of glass’ for managing their different building systems,” said Mark Jenner, New Business Alliances Director at Lutron. “Instead of disparate pieces of software to manage all of the different building systems – lighting, shading, HVAC, door access, fire/safety, energy metering – BACnet makes it possible to integrate all of the software tools into one, saving valuable time and maximizing efficiencies,” said Jenner.

BACnet was designed to allow communication of building automation and control systems for applications such as heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning control, lighting control, access control, and fire detection systems and their associated equipment. The BACnet protocol allows computerized building automation devices to exchange information, regardless of the particular building service they perform. Proper communication between building automation devices is critical for maximizing building energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and other aspects of “green” buildings.

Hubbell Building Automation Publishes Virtual Library


Hubbell Building Automation has adopted the ISSUU Publishing Platform to offer on-line, interactive access to its literature. This digital viewer is available on any web-enabled device, including PCs, tablets and smart phones.

Features to enhance viewing:

· Displayed in a beautiful 150 dpi resolution size

· Intuitive navigation including zoom

· In document key word search

· Social site integration

· Single or two-­page layout option – great for reading or browsing

All materials are also available for download or print. ISSUU members (a free sign-up) can download directly from the viewer. If you do not want to sign up as an ISSUU member, simply open the document entitled “HBA Brochures Downloadable PDFs,” click on the link associated with the desired brochure, and you’ll be directed to the PDF version of the brochure on the HBA Website.

Click here to visit the HBA virtual library.

Lutron Electronics to License RF Patents to Crestron

Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. recently announced settlement of its lawsuit against Crestron Corporation of Rockleigh, New Jersey. The lawsuit had been ongoing since August 2009 and contained allegations that Crestron products infringed two Lutron patents covering inventions in the area of radio frequency (RF) communications and an allegation that Crestron infringed a Lutron design patent.

As part of the settlement, Crestron has executed a License Agreement under the RF patents and agreed to pay royalties on past and future sales of its products that use the Lutron RF patents. Crestron agreed to design around Lutron’s design patent.

To date, several other manufacturers, including Vantage Controls, Inc., Leviton Manufacturing Company, Inc., Cooper Wiring Devices, Inc., and Control4 have also executed license agreements with Lutron for these same RF patents.

Crescent Electric Names Universal Lighting Technologies Supplier of the Year

Universal Lighting Technologies, Inc. has been named “Supplier of the Year in the Lamps, Ballasts & Lighting Controls category” for the second consecutive year by Crescent Electric Supply Company. The award was presented to Universal at the recent annual National Sales Conference.

Crescent Electric Supply Company represents more than 600 vendors and operates more than 120 distribution facilities in 27 states.

WattStopper Receives Patent for DLM Technology

DLMWattStopper’s systems development team was recently awarded a United States Patent for the simplicity and flexibility at the heart of the company’s flagship Digital Lighting Management (DLM) lighting control system. The patent covers the technology behind the time-saving free topology wiring and automatic configuration, known as Plug n’ Go™. To earn the patent, the team demonstrated that their invention was unique and innovative in the building controls industry.

Vice President Market Development Pete Horton comments, “DLM was the first digital control system built on a scalable room network, and is the only system that can perform automatic configuration. Plug n’ Go simplifies complex energy code and high performance building requirements by automating what used to be an expensive and inconsistent process.”

Plug n’ Go enables DLM devices including room controllers, occupancy sensors and switches to operate out of the box using the most energy efficient sequence of operation without any field configuration. Installers simply plug the controls together on a free topology low voltage local network, and the room controllers develop the sequences of operation based on the connected devices in the room.

Lou Weidman, Pete Horton, Jason Joyce, Eric Fournier and Howard Herrera were named in United States Patent US 8,487,474 B2 as Inventors of the popular DLM technology. The patent for “Method and Apparatus for Electrical Load Control Network” was granted on July 16, 2013.

Digital Lighting Management also features the flexibility to conveniently reconfigure controls using Push n’ Learn™, which allows installers and facility mangers to customize sequences of operation to meet unique space requirements. The powerful technology platform is updated regularly to include new functionality. The recent v5.xx firmware release introduced a wide range of dimming control capabilities developed to support the latest multi-level energy code requirements.

Click here to learn more about WattStopper’s DLM technology.

Universal Lighting Technologies Taps Martin Pint to Lead Distribution Sales

Announcement Release Martin Pint- ULTUniversal Lighting Technologies announced today the appointment of Martin Pint to vice president of distribution sales. Pint’s addition to Universal Lighting, a Nashville-based industry leader in high-efficiency lighting, builds on the company’s strategic commitment to growing the distribution channel for all Universal Lighting products sold in the United States.

Pint comes to Universal Lighting with 20 years of executive experience in manufacturing sales for North America. Throughout his career, Pint has continually increased sales by expanding presence in new markets and implementing strategies that empower sales teams.

Hubbell Wiring Device-Kellems and Lutron Electronics Collaborate to Address New Building Code Requirements with Joint Receptacle Control Solutions

Hubbell Wiring Device-Kellems and Lutron Electronics recently announced the collaborative development of new products that will enable the electrical industry to better comply with new building code requirements for controlling electrical outlets and their associated plug loads.

Hubbell will embed Lutron’s Clear Connect radio frequency (RF) communication technology directly into Hubbell’s Load:Logic plug load control products. This announcement expands the interoperability of Clear Connect-enabled devices, provides the industry with a much-needed, code-compliant solution, and allows installers to easily control electrical outlets in new and existing facilities without learning new systems or performing extensive commissioning.

The use of automated controls for lighting and HVAC has dramatically increased efficiencies of these systems in modern facilities. In contrast, miscellaneous plug loads connected to electrical receptacles have been left uncontrolled and can now approach 50% of a high performance building’s energy footprint. To address this, ASHRAE 90.1-2010, California Energy Commission, and LEED v4 require that 50% of power outlets must be controlled in most areas of a building.

Universal Lighting Technologies Names Otto Hottendorf New Regional Sales Manager for U.S. Northwest

Universal Lighting Technologies recently announced the addition of lighting industry veteran Otto Hottendorf to the Universal team as the new Regional Sales Manager for the Northwest Territory of the United States.

Hottendorf joins Universal with more than two decades of experience in the electrical and lighting industries. Since 1992, he has successfully served in regional and national sales management roles, having worked with some of the most notable lighting technology companies in the country.

Throughout his career, Hottendorf has garnered extensive knowledge and experience in managing, selling, engineering and installing energy-efficient lighting. His 1999 installation of a campus-wide fluorescent lighting dimming system was among the first in the nation. Additionally, for five years, Hottendorf led a team that accomplished system-wide lighting upgrades for load shedding and daylight harvesting in the hospitality industry.

Lutron Expands in Canada with New Experience Center

Canada, which boasts the eleventh-largest economy in the world, has been chosen for Lutron’s first International Experience Center, located in Markham, Ontario, just outside Toronto. The center, which opened October 8, 2013, showcases a variety of wireless lighting and shading control solutions for commercial spaces.

The 2,800 square-foot space, certified as LEED Gold, features numerous Lutron control solutions including the Quantum total light management system, EcoSystem and more.

Although the Canadian facility is Lutron’s eighth experience center in North America, it is the first outside the U.S. Other centers, dating back to 2001, are located in Plantation, FL, New York City, Coopersburg, PA, Seattle, WA, Irvine, CA and Washington, DC.

Leviton Acquires JCC Advanced Lighting

Leviton recently today the acquisition of JCC Advanced Lighting, a United Kingdom (UK)-based manufacturer of LED lighting suitable for a wide variety of residential and commercial applications. The acquisition establishes Leviton in the UK market and affords the company growth opportunities internationally.

Integrating JCC’s energy efficient LED lighting into Leviton’s smart solutions provides a unique opportunity to develop the next generation of intelligent design. Through the work of the combined companies, customers will be able to receive even more efficient lighting solutions, including the incorporation of occupancy sensors and dimmers to help achieve nearly 50 percent energy savings when compared to typical installation.

“Leviton’s acquisition of JCC provides a significant presence in the UK and a good base for the future,” said Don Hendler, CEO of Leviton.

JCC will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Leviton, maintaining operations in the UK. The company will continue to be led by Richard Adey, currently the Executive Chairman of JCC, who will report directly to Daryoush Larizadeh, Leviton’s Chief Operating Officer.