Archive for January 2010

New Gadgets Help Consumers Track Home Energy Use

According to the Department of Energy, monitoring electricity can help consumers reduce energy consumption by up to 15%. Now Oregon Scientific has announced two new products designed to help consumers monitor energy usage and save energy in the home: The Advanced Wireless Appliance Manager monitors power consumption, carbon emissions and real-time costs for up to […]

Controls Friday: Consulting-Specifying Engineer Magazine Publishes Roundtable on Lighting Energy Efficiency

Acting on behalf of my client the Lighting Controls Association as its education director, I was pleased to participate in a roundtable on sustainability and lighting efficiency published by Consulting-Specifying Engineer Magazine. Joining me were Jody Good, LC, LEED AP, Principal Lighting and Theatre Designer for Spectrum Engineers Inc.; Siva Haran, PE, LC, LEED AP, […]

Lighting Controls Association Publishes 2010 Construction Forecast

The United States suffered its worst recession in 70 years following the collapse of the housing market. The good news is some economists believe the economy began to recover in Q309 after hitting bottom in the second quarter. The residential construction market is expected to recover, and the Federal stimulus has generated some growth in […]

November 2009 Construction Spending at $900.1 Billion Annual Rate

Construction spending during November 2009 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $900.1 billion, 0.6% lower than the revised October 2009 estimate of $905.6 billion and 13.2% below the November 2008 estimate of $1.037 trillion. During the first 11 months of 2009, construction spending amounted to $868.9 billion, 12.7% below the $994.9 billion […]

Architecture Billings Index Remains in Negative Territory

On the heels of a more than 3-point dip last November, the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Architecture Billings Index (ABI) had a negligible increase of less than 1 point in December. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate 9- to 12-month lag time between architecture billings and construction […]

LightNOW Editor to Publish Novel in April 2010

I am pleased to announce that my latest novel, Tooth and Nail, will be published by Schmidt Haus books in April 2010. This is my first work of horror, or rather, post-apocalyptic fiction and was a lot of fun to write. Hope you’ll check it out when it becomes available!

Scrap Lights, Made from Twice Recycled Cardboard

Scrap lights, made from twice recycled cardboard. Check it out here.

AIA Board of Directors Chooses Hanley Wood as New Media Partner

LightNOW has learned that Architectural Record appears to be about to lose the AIA media contract, which is due to expire at the end of 2010. The American Institute of Architects has chosen Hanley Wood, LLC to begin negotiating development of an integrated media approach (print, online, digital, convention/meetings) for the AIA’s official publication and […]

Death and Taxes

Below is my column for the Jan/Feb issue of Illuminate, for your consideration. Note that Jan/Feb is my last issue as editor at large. From here on out, I will not be leading the magazine as its editor but instead contributing it to as a staff writer. This was on my request … Death and […]

Renaissance Lighting Launches Newly Enhanced Website

LED downlight manufacturer Renaissance Lighting has launched its newly redesigned website with improved navigation and new features to improve and enhance the customer experience. New enhancements include more in-depth product information and product photography, a new installation showcase and case studies section, plus a full manufacturer rep and distributor directory. Check it out here.