In response to a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) request for consortia to advise the department on high-performance building issues, ASHRAE led the formation of the High-Performance Commercial Green Building Partnership (HPCGBP). This Consortium brings together leading organizations from all aspects of the building community to provide guidance and technical leadership on key sustainability issues to the Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Program.
The Lighting Controls Association has announced that Hubbell Building Automation, Inc. (HBA) has joined as a new member. Hubbell Building Automation, headquartered in Austin, TX and a subsidiary of Hubbell Incorporated, is a manufacturer of a wide range of lighting controls such as networked control systems, occupancy sensors, daylighting controls and hi-bay controls.
Delta Controls has received the Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Award for Product Innovation & Differentiation. Delta won this award “for integrated building automation solution encompassing HVAC, lighting, and access control. Delta has been at the forefront of delivering universal BACnet platforms to its customers with a unified infrastructure that improves building efficiency, maximizes cost savings, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, the award recognizes Delta’s sound business strategies which include superior product development in controls and user interface, dedicated customer service and partnership programs, continued global expansion, and active involvement in major issues pertaining to intelligent and green buildings.”
Philips Lighting Electronics has announced the introduction of its Philips branded LuxSense™ Lighting Control, an easy-to-use means of automatically achieving a comfortable level of illumination throughout the workday and driving energy savings by maximizing the incorporation of natural light levels.
IECC 2009 contains a number of changes impacting lighting for commercial buildings, including:
• Forced choice of compliance with entirety of IECC or 90.1
• Required circuiting for independent control of lighting in “daylight zones”
• Revision of additional retail display allowances
• Added exemptions to interior lighting wattage that must be counted for compliance
• Splitting the exterior power allowance using a system of outdoor lighting zones
• Clarifications and practical application language changes
The Lighting Controls Association (LCA) is pleased to announce that it is celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2009.
Watt Stopper/Legrand has developed the BZ-50 and BZ-150, two high output, universal voltage, plenum-rated, RoHS-compliant power packs that provide customers with greater design flexibility as well as increased energy savings potential. The power packs use zero crossing to switch line voltage loads and provide 24VDC to power occupancy sensors or other devices. The BZ-150 is the first power pack that can be field configured for manual-on operation to support either a manual-on or bi-level automatic-on control strategy.
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.
HUNT Dimming, the Fort Collins, CO-based lighting control manufacturer and technology development company, has announced the introduction of its Simplicity® LED Controller for use with selected state-of-the-art LED drivers and lamps.