The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) published the 2021 Electrical Standards & Products Guide (ESPG), a comprehensive guide that includes nearly 800 NEMA publications for electrical and medical imaging industries, as well as product categories and NEMA Member manufacturers of those products.
In January 2021, the International Code Council published the 2021 version of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), which has been updated every three years since 2000. This new version reduces lighting power allowances, expands mandatory controls requirements, and issues clarifications.
The California Energy Alliance (CEA) recently announced that it has been awarded funding via the California Energy Commission (CEC) solicitation GFO-20-303 for applied R&D and technology demonstration projects that advance innovative technologies for controlling plug load and exterior lighting energy use.
The DesignLights Consortium (DLC) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking consultant services to develop a method for quantifying the financial value of non-energy benefits of advanced building controls. The deadline for RFP responses is March 1, 2021 and the DLC expects to award a contract for the work by March 12.
The Lighting Controls Association (LCA) has updated EE103: Dimming Controls, Section 1 Part 2: Dimming Controls and Systems, a popular learning module in its Education Express program.
The DesignLights Consortium recently announced the new membership of its Industry Advisory Committee (IAC), an 18-member body that will support the mission and strategic direction of the DLC to drive efficient lighting through education, collaboration, and expertise in 2021 and 2022.
In January 2021, the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) semi-annual Consensus Construction Forecast, a survey of the nation’s leading construction forecasters, projected a 5.7% decline in nonresidential construction spending in 2021. Construction spending is then projected to grow 3.1% in 2022 as the renewal of economic activity unleashes pent-up demand for nonresidential space.
The joint Zhaga-D4i certification program from the DALI Alliance and the Zhaga Consortium has already qualified a number of Zhaga-D4i Book 18 outdoor luminaires with Zhaga receptacles and D4i components. Now certified D4i control devices with Zhaga connectors can also be submitted for Zhaga-D4i certification, according to a recent statement by Zhaga. Eligible devices include light-level or occupancy sensors, as well as control nodes that can communicate wirelessly with external networks, enabling smart, future-proof LED luminaires with IoT connectivity.
Networked lighting controls may get a boost in adoption by shifting the conversation beyond mere energy benefits, says Liesel Whitney-Schulte and Dan Mellinger.
Actually – this isn’t just for electrical contractors! Just about anyone can learn how to commission a networked lighting control system (NLC), writes Steve Mesh.