Month: January 2012

Architecture Billings Index Positive for Second Straight Month

After showing struggling business conditions for most of 2011, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has now reached positive terrain in consecutive months. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity,…

After showing struggling business conditions for most of 2011, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has now reached positive terrain in consecutive months.

As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate 9- to 12-month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. The regional and sector categories are calculated as a 3-month moving average, whereas the index and inquiries are monthly numbers.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the December ABI score was 52.0, following the exact same mark in November. This score reflects an overall increase in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 64.0, down just a point from a reading of 65.0 the previous month.

“We saw nearly identical conditions in November and December of 2010 only to see momentum sputter and billings fall into negative territory as we moved through 2011, so it’s too early to be sure that we are in a full recovery mode,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “Nevertheless, this is very good news for the design and construction industry and it’s entirely possible conditions will slowly continue to improve as the year progresses.”

Key December ABI highlights:

* Regional averages: South (54.2), Midwest (53.1), Northeast (52.6), West (45.1)
* Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (54.3), commercial / industrial (54.1), institutional (51.3), mixed practice (44.5)
* Project inquiries index: 64.0

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Cooper Lighting Announces 2012 Class Schedule for The SOURCE Educational Facility

Cooper Lighting has announced the 2012 SOURCE calendar of educational classes for the lighting and design community. The SOURCE is located at Cooper Lighting’s headquarters in Peachtree City, Georgia, and…

Cooper Lighting has announced the 2012 SOURCE calendar of educational classes for the lighting and design community. The SOURCE is located at Cooper Lighting’s headquarters in Peachtree City, Georgia, and offers a wide variety of seminars designed to broaden the understanding of lighting and its applications. The SOURCE has been servicing the lighting industry for more than 20 years and to date, over 100,000 construction professionals have received education at this facility, according to Cooper, many of them receiving some form of continuing education units.

This year, the SOURCE has added a fundamentals class for lighting educators and will be hosting a healthcare seminar in Boston, Massachusetts and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada as noted below.

Current available seminars/workshops for 2012 are:

January 18 – 20: Lighting Fundamentals/Lighting Basics
February 9 – 10: Energy and Retrofit Solutions for Commercial and Industrial Spaces

March 7 – 8: LED Exterior Lighting Solutions
March 14 – 16: Lighting Fundamentals for Distributors and Contractors
March 26 – 27: Healthcare Lighting Solutions Workshop

April 12 – 13: Lighting and Controls for the Facility Manager

May 16 – 18: Lighting Fundamentals/Lighting Basics
June 6 – 8: Fundamentals for Teachers of Lighting
June 14 – 15: Healthcare Lighting Solutions Workshop (Boston, Massachusetts

August 23 – 24: Residential Lighting Solutions Workshop

September 5 – 7: Lighting Fundamentals for Distributors and Contractors
September 19 – 21: LED and Energy Efficient Retail and Hospitality Lighting Solutions Workshop

October 3 – 5: Lighting Fundamentals/Lighting Basics
October 9 – 10: Healthcare Lighting Solutions Workshop (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)
October 23 – 24: Energy and Retrofit Solutions for Commercial and Industrial Spaces

November 14 – 15: LED Exterior Lighting Solutions

December 5 – 7: Lighting Fundamentals/Lighting Basics

Learn more here.

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Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey Back on Schedule

The Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CEBCS) provides valuable information about the U.S. commercial building stock and its energy consumption. The 2007 CEBCS was canceled due to a bad data…

The Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CEBCS) provides valuable information about the U.S. commercial building stock and its energy consumption. The 2007 CEBCS was canceled due to a bad data collection method (proving cheaper is not always better), and the 2011 CEBCS was suspended due to funding cuts at the Department of Energy. You may recall an outcry from this blogger and organizations like IES and the American Institute of Architects about this. Not only is the information critically important to the lighting industry, in my view if you don’t measure, you can’t enact good policy.

Some good news today: The Energy Information Administration (EIA), the data collection arm of the Department of Energy, has announced that it has resumed work on the next CEBCS. EIA plans to field the survey in April 2013, collecting data for reference year 2012. EIA expects to publish the first results of the survey in the first half of 2014.

Follow updates on the development of the 2012 CEBCS, and access free data for previous iterations of the Survey, here.

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IES Illumination Awards Now Accepting Project Submittals

The Illuminating Engineering Society is now accepting project submittals for the 2012 Illumination Awards. The deadline is February 13, 2012. Check it out here.

IES Illumination AwardsThe Illuminating Engineering Society is now accepting project submittals for the 2012 Illumination Awards. The deadline is February 13, 2012.

Check it out here.

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Product Monday: Lumina Panel by Sensitile Systems

The Lumina panel from Sensitile Systems offers a material that transforms a single integrated LED source into a surface within which thousands of points of light appear to seemingly float….

The Lumina panel from Sensitile Systems offers a material that transforms a single integrated LED source into a surface within which thousands of points of light appear to seemingly float. Panels can be cut, shaped and joined to create shapes and objects.

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2011 Solid State Lighting Wrap Up

Guest post by Jim Brodrick, Department of Energy (Originally published December 2011) As this will be the last Posting of 2011, it’s a good opportunity to look back and review…

Guest post by Jim Brodrick, Department of Energy

(Originally published December 2011)

As this will be the last Posting of 2011, it’s a good opportunity to look back and review the year’s highlights. High on the list has to be the awarding in August of the first L Prize, which went to Philips Lighting North America for its entry in the competition’s 60W replacement bulb category. The winning product successfully completed 18 months of intensive tire-kicking – short- and long-term testing carried out by independent laboratories, field assessments conducted with utility and energy-efficiency program partners, and stress tests that subjected it to extreme conditions such as high and low temperatures, humidity, and vibration. The new bulb is expected to be in stores in early 2012, and Philips is working with retailers, distributors, and more than 30 L Prize partners to implement coordinated promotional programs and incentives for the winning product.

The impact of the first L Prize goes well beyond Philips and those who’ll buy the new product. Ultimately, we’re all winners, because competitions drive innovation, and innovation drives market competition. The launch of the L Prize competition and the submission of the Philips entry both helped in that regard, moving the industry as a whole farther along the route toward high-quality replacement lamps for incandescent bulbs, just as “a rising tide lifts all boats.”

Another highlight of 2011 was the work of DOE’s Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium, which, with more than 315 primary members and still counting, has made quite an impact in its first full year. Last month, more than 1,100 people from all 50 states and beyond attended a live webcast on a Model Specification for LED Roadway Luminaires that the Consortium produced. Drafted in response to demand from members and others, fine-tuned with the help of feedback from a series of manufacturer workshops, and beta-tested before its formal release in October, it provides a template users can customize and adapt to their own unique needs and has been downloaded more than 2,100 times so far.

The Consortium also hosted a series of six workshops across the country to help cities, utilities, and other purchasers make informed decisions about LED street lighting. A second series of educational SSL workshops, co-sponsored by DOE and the International Association of Lighting Designers, was held as well. Aimed at a lighting designer audience, it was so successful that a fourth workshop was added to the original three.

The growth of DOE’s LED Lighting Facts program stands out as another highlight of the past year. There are now more than 3,950 products registered with LED Lighting Facts, and over 310 manufacturers have signed on as partners, along with 225 retailers and distributors and 220 lighting professionals, as well as 50 utilities and energy efficiency programs. The LED Lighting Facts website was upgraded in 2011 to make it an even more useful tool. The products page now features a real-time breakdown of the various product types that have been registered, and the search function was enhanced to generate any slice of the product list that’s desired. The functionality of the product list was expanded to allow manufacturers to provide additional information, and the Residential Product Performance Scale was joined by a Commercial Product Performance Scale to help users compare LED lighting product performance to standard lighting sources. In addition, LED Lighting Facts began an ongoing verification program to ensure that registered products continue to perform as claimed, and the second in a series of “Product Snapshots,” which analyze the database of registered products to monitor the state of the SSL market, was released, with a third Snapshot due out soon.

On the standards front, 2011 saw the publication of the much-anticipated IES TM-21, an approved method for extrapolating the lumen maintenance of LED products well beyond the LM-80 test period, to come up with an estimate of LED lumen maintenance over time. Whereas LM-80 only defines how to collect LED lumen maintenance data over a relatively short testing period of at least 6,000 hours, TM-21 spells out a way to use that data to project the lumen maintenance performance of LEDs well past the testing period.

Although it’s an important step, TM-21 only focuses on the package, module, or array and not the other components of an LED luminaire that can affect its lifetime. Those other components are covered in an updated version of the guide LED Luminaire Lifetime: Recommendations for Testing and Reporting, published in 2011 by a working group under the auspices of DOE and the Next Generation Lighting Industry Alliance. The latest edition in a series of publications on LED performance and lifetime, the recommendations are an important step toward consistent, industry-wide understanding of LED luminaire lifetime and are intended to support the LED Lighting Facts program and assist standards organizations in their work.

These are just some of the SSL highlights for 2011. We’re looking forward to more solid-state lighting advances in 2012 and will fill you in soon on some of DOE’s plans for the coming year, including our ninth annual SSL R&D workshop, to be held in Atlanta January 31 to February 2.

The success of our efforts depends to a large extent on our partners, so we thank all of you for your continued commitment and support. Happy Holidays!

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Career Opportunity with the Lighting Design Lab

SEATTLE CITY LIGHT Job Title – Lighting Design Lab Manager (Mgr I – Utils) Location – Various – Seattle area Salary – $32.45 – $48.67 POSITION DESCRIPTION: Seattle City Light…

SEATTLE CITY LIGHT

Job Title – Lighting Design Lab Manager (Mgr I – Utils)
Location – Various – Seattle area
Salary – $32.45 – $48.67

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

Seattle City Light (SCL), a department of the City of Seattle, is one of the nation’s largest municipally owned utilities in terms of the number of customers served. Over the years we have worked very hard to keep Seattle’s electricity affordable, reliable, and environmentally sound. Today, City Light is a recognized national leader in energy efficiency and environmental stewardship.

Seattle City Light’s Conservation Resources Division (CRD) is currently looking for a Manager for the Lighting Design Lab. The Lighting Design Lab (LDL) was created in 1989 and has grown to be the Pacific Northwest region’s state of the art energy efficiency lighting demonstration facility. The LDL offers resources, information, and training on cutting edge, high quality, energy efficient lighting technologies to architects, lighting designers and contractors, utility personnel and other industry persons throughout Seattle City Light’s service territory and the Pacific Northwest Region. The LDL is truly a regional lighting conservation resource as demonstrated by its unique funding sources. Approximately 50% of its funding comes directly from Seattle City Light, with the remainder coming from contributions made from the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Bonneville Power Administration, Puget Sound Energy, Tacoma Power, Snohomish PUD, BC Hydro, Energy Trust of Oregon and Idaho Power. The Manager of the LDL is a dynamic, technical resource for the region’s conservation and lighting community.

As part of the Conservation Resources Division’s leadership team reporting to the Director, the Manager of the LDL will lead five professional and technical staff who operate this distinctive and celebrated energy efficiency lighting technology demonstration facility. In this role, the manager of the LDL will be expected to provide and promote excellent customer service to the utility’s customers and other users and clients of the LDL’s services and resources.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Manager I manages and promotes the operation of the Lighting Design Lab by performing a number of key responsibilities including:
• In conjunction with City Light management, develop and implement the mission, vision and stratigic plan for the Lighting Design Lab. Identify local and regional parternships and funding sources.
• Use technical expertise in Lighting and Energy Conservation in guiding the Lab to achieve its mission. Serve as a technical expert within the region.
• Implement strategic plans for regional training, regional consultations and lighting displays and demonstration at the LDL.
• Create and manage to the facility’s annual work program.
• Develop and manage the annual budget for the LDL ($900,000 to $1,000,000). Manage contracts and oversee purchasing.
• Negotiate yearly funding with current sponsoring utilities. Identify and negotiate new funding methods and sources.
• Oversee the operations of the Lighting Design Lab on a day to day basis (7,400 sq ft facility housed in a separate location from the rest of the Conservation Resources Division.)
• Manage the Street and Area Outdoor Lighting Center at South Seattle Community College including working toward achieving financial self sustainability.
• Carry out personnel duties including hiring, supervising, employee development, performance reviews and expectations.
• Seek opportunities for collaborations and partnerships between the LDL and the energy efficient lighting industry, Puget Sound and Pacific Northwest utilities, local or regional organizations, and other City departments.
• Energetically cultivate effective team work, working relationships, and communication within the LDL and the Conservation Resources Division.
• Conduct seminars on energy management and speak to community groups and organizations regarding energy conservation and City Light’s energy conservation programs.
• Build strong working relationships with customers, contractors, engineers, developers, and building owners.
• Perform other related duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Energy Management, Architecture, Engineering or a related field.

Experience: Four years increasingly responsible professional experience in program management, conservation management, planning, or analysis, with at least two years work experience in professional energy management analysis or energy planning analysis.

Or a combination of of education and training and experience which provides an equivalent background required to perform these duties.

Certification/License: State of Washington Driver’s License or equivalent mobility. A “complete” five-year driver’s abstract must be available upon request (regular employees are excluded from the driver’s abstract requirements).

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Ability to lead a team of energy professionals and manage a separate work location. Knowledge of effective lighting design and energy conservation principles, concepts and measures, especially as they apply to energy efficiency lighting technologies and measures. Strong management skills including planning, organizing, problem-solving and program implementation. Skills and experience in successfully supervising and motivating professional and technical employees. Ability to coach employees, encourage teamwork and promote high standards of customer service. Experience with budgeting and financial management. Experience working with multiple stakeholders, vendors, and customers. Experience negioating contracts and other agreements. Excellent oral, written and presentation skills. Good interpersonal skills, ability to work with people from diverse professional, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Ability to adapt to shifting and multiple priorities and work in a goal-oriented environment. Familiarity with computer spreadsheets, word processing, database and communication applications.

Job offers are contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by the employment process including the completion of a background check which includes criminal history and driving history review.

TO APPLY:

To apply, please submit an online application to http://www.seattle.gov/personnel/employment. DEADLINE TO APPLY is 01/31/12 at 4:00 PST.

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Philips Lumileds Names Pierre Yves Lesaicherre New CEO

Philips Lumileds has announced the appointment of Pierre Yves Lesaicherre as CEO of Philips Lumileds. Lesaicherre succeeds Michael C. Holt and will report directly to Philips Lighting’s acting Chief Executive…

Philips Lumileds has announced the appointment of Pierre Yves Lesaicherre as CEO of Philips Lumileds. Lesaicherre succeeds Michael C. Holt and will report directly to Philips Lighting’s acting Chief Executive Officer Frans van Houten. He joins Lumileds with more than two decades of experience in the semiconductor and component industry. He lives in Silicon Valley and speaks multiple languages including French and Japanese.

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