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.”
Advance has announced the launch of an exciting repositioning campaign that will serve to both acknowledge its long-standing position and history as a leader in the ballast industry while firmly reflecting its affiliation to global technology leader and corporate parent Philips. As part of the initiative, Advance will officially become known as Philips Lighting Electronics North America (N.A.) and will adopt Philips Advance as its product brand on all existing electronic and magnetic fluorescent and HID ballasts.
Demand is the sum of all electric power required to run a building’s equipment currently in operation. As equipment is turned on and off, demand rises and falls. Peak demand is the highest level of demand recorded by a demand meter during a given time period. This is the most expensive power the utility has […]
Watt Stopper/Legrand has released a new multi-location vacancy sensor and compatible remote control switch to help families save energy conveniently and cost effectively in rooms with more than one switch location. The RH-250 residential wall switch sensor is more versatile than any other product on the market, allowing customized control options including automatic-on operation from selected locations.
Leviton ushers in dependable touch screen manufacturers that complement and add convenience to the popular Vizia RF + wireless home lighting control system based on the Z-Wave® technology.
Leviton’s OSFHU High-Bay Occupancy Sensor has been enhanced to provide real-time occupancy detection and light switching capabilities for a wider range of environments with the addition of three interchangeable lenses that are ideal for high-bay, low-bay, and aisle-way applications. Designed for high-mounted areas, the OSFHU self-contained sensor conveniently installs to industrial fluorescent luminaires or electrical junction boxes to automatically switch fixtures ON when occupancy is detected and OFF when the room is no longer occupied.
Delta Controls provided a BACnet open protocol Building Automation System (BAS) for the Beijing Olympic Park Underground Commercial Centre (BOPUCC).
Indoor LED lighting, customer convenience, and energy efficiency can be greatly improved with the new Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. Hi-lume™ LED driver: a high-performance, universal voltage driver that provides energy-efficient LED dimming from 100 percent to 1 percent of light output. The Hi-lume LED driver can integrate with a multitude of lighting control products.