Month: February 2013

Industry-drafted Model Outdoor Lighting Legislation Introduced in Massachusetts

Sen. Cynthia Creem of the Massachusetts State Senate has introduced SD 844, which was spearheaded by an industry coalition led by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), Illuminating Engineering Society…

Sen. Cynthia Creem of the Massachusetts State Senate has introduced SD 844, which was spearheaded by an industry coalition led by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) to reduce nighttime skyglow and light trespass in Massachusetts while ensuring that customer choice and proper lighting quality is maintained.

In recognizing the importance of this issue, the industry coalition reached out to the International Dark-sky Association (IDA) for its input and support. IDA members in Massachusetts have played a strong role in this issue. Its participation was integral to the introduction of this bill.

SD 844 would take advantage of current lamp and luminaire technology and recognized lighting practices and standards to the maximum extent possible with optimal “total lifecycle costs,” assurance of good visibility, and minimizing energy consumption. In addition, SD 844 would provide the maximum latitude in selecting products and technologies while balancing the needs of energy efficiency, reduced light trespass, safety, and security. Providing latitude in selecting products lets the market determine the best product for the application and ensures that manufacturers are not adversely affected by unnecessary restrictions.

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LIGHTFAIR 2013 Registration Is Open

Registration for LIGHTFAIR International 2013, which will occur April 21-25, 2013 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, is now open; register here.

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Registration for LIGHTFAIR International 2013, which will occur April 21-25, 2013 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, is now open; register here.

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Incremental Increase in Nonresidential Construction Spending Expected for 2013

Growing at a faster rate than the overall U.S. economy, the nonresidential construction industry is expected to see solid, yet measured, increases in activity this year, according to the AIA…

Growing at a faster rate than the overall U.S. economy, the nonresidential construction industry is expected to see solid, yet measured, increases in activity this year, according to the AIA Consensus Construction Forecast, a survey of the nation’s leading construction forecasters.

High demand for hotels and retail projects have the commercial sector pacing what projects to be a rise in spending this year for nonresidential construction projects of 5.0% – up from a projection of a 4.4% increase in the July 2012 forecast. A 7.2%% increase of spending is also projected for 2014.

“After seeing construction activity seesaw for much of last year, there is a much stronger sense that we have entered a recovery phase and the industry is positioned to see continued economic improvement as we move through year and into 2014,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “The resurgent housing market has led to a ripple effect where there is a need for more retail establishments and office buildings across the country.”

Remarking on what could undermine this forecast, Baker added, “We can’t truly think the design and construction industry is completely out of the woods until the continued uncertainty over federal budget and debt issues is resolved. This has caused enough anxiety in the real estate marketplace that has resulted in numerous delays and even cancelations of active construction projects. More than one quarter of architecture firms are reporting that this tenuous situation is a tremendous concern to clients and may lead to more delays or project terminations.”

Market Segment Consensus Growth Forecasts 2013 2014
Overall nonresidential 5.0% 7.2%
Commercial / industrial 8.6% 10.7%
Hotels 15.7% 12.6%
Retail 7.8% 9.6%
Office buildings 7.3% 11.4%
Industrial facilities 5.0% 6.4%
Institutional 1.2% 4.7%
Healthcare facilities 4.4% 4.8%
Religious 2.6% 4.9%
Education 1.1% 4.5%
Amusement / recreation 1.8% 5.5%
Public safety -1.7% 0.8%

 

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Product Monday: arabesque3 by alight

Alight’s arabesque3 delivers comfortable, energy-efficient ambient or accent architectural illumination within an 8-inch housing for higher lumen output and broader range of distribution capabilities for various commercial and institutional environments,…

Alight’s arabesque3 delivers comfortable, energy-efficient ambient or accent architectural illumination within an 8-inch housing for higher lumen output and broader range of distribution capabilities for various commercial and institutional environments, indoor or out. Architectural, integrated linear-lighting designs can readily be created vertically and horizontally, either suspended or surface-mounted on ceilings and walls, to provide ambient or accent energy-efficient lighting function. T5, T8 or LED lamping available with a choice of low, standard or high light outputs, allowing maximum lighting design flexibility, whatever the requirement. When choosing LEDs (high-performance Nichia), color temperatures are available in 3000K, 3500K or 4000K.

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Dietmar Thomas on OLED Technology

Interesting video about the potential of OLED lighting technology, presented by Dietmar Thomas of Philips Lumiblade. Great stuff. Philips Lumiblade 2012 from Dezeen on Vimeo.

Interesting video about the potential of OLED lighting technology, presented by Dietmar Thomas of Philips Lumiblade. Great stuff.

Philips Lumiblade 2012 from Dezeen on Vimeo.

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DOE Publishes CALiPER Application Summary Report on LED Linear Pendants

The U.S. Department of Energy recently completed Series 19 of testing through the DOE Solid-State Lighting CALiPER program. Report 19 reviews the independently tested performance of nine LED linear pendants…

The U.S. Department of Energy recently completed Series 19 of testing through the DOE Solid-State Lighting CALiPER program.

Report 19 reviews the independently tested performance of nine LED linear pendants and also evaluates a supplemental collection of 11 linear pendant products available in both an LED and fluorescent version. In general, the LED versions were more efficacious but sometimes had a different luminous intensity distribution, poorer color quality or different lumen output than their fluorescent counterparts. Specifiers should note that fluorescent and LED versions of the same product are not always interchangeable.

Click here to download a summary of the results.

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DOE to Host Webcast on Successful Selection of LED Streetlight Luminaires on March 6, 2013

On Wednesday, March 6, DOE’s Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium will host a 90-minute live webcast on the factors involved in successful selection of LED streetlight luminaires. Presented by Eric…

On Wednesday, March 6, DOE’s Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium will host a 90-minute live webcast on the factors involved in successful selection of LED streetlight luminaires.

Presented by Eric Haugaard of Cree Lighting and Chad Stalker of Philips Lumileds, the webcast will guide participants through the modeling of a typical roadway layout — emphasizing key design elements for consideration. The tutorial will provide valuable information for government staff, utility and energy-efficiency organization representatives, and lighting professionals on how to select an assortment of fixtures for a particular application and then identify those fixtures that maximize system design and economic performance.

The webcast will begin at 1:00 PM Eastern Time and will include a 60-minute presentation, followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer session with attendees. Continuing education credits will be offered from the IES and available for NCQLP.

Click here to learn more or to register.

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New Report Provides Both Roadmap and Rationale for Utility Participation in Building Codes Implementation

Building energy codes offer an attractive energy savings opportunity for utility efficiency programs, particularly now that there are new approaches to quantify the savings from code compliance efforts, according to…

Building energy codes offer an attractive energy savings opportunity for utility efficiency programs, particularly now that there are new approaches to quantify the savings from code compliance efforts, according to Building Energy Code Advancement through Utility Support and Engagement, a report issued by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The report recommends ways to overcome the common barriers to utility involvement in energy code-related efforts and details pilot program concepts that can help utilities in playing a meaningful role in promoting building energy codes and in receiving credit for their efforts.

The latest national model building energy codes are about 30% more efficient than their predecessors of even six years ago, and there is a large opportunity for savings from new construction efficiency upgrades. These savings can go a long way in helping the utilities meet their energy efficiency resource standards (EERS) targets and in helping states comply with the requirements of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Under ARRA funding, recipient states committed to adopting national model codes along with implementing a plan to reach at least 90% compliance by 2017.

Typically, utilities have faced barriers to implementation of code-based programs as they have not been historically viewed as part of their core activities. Additionally, uniform protocols for the measurement of code compliance and calculation of savings from code compliance have not been fully developed. This report recommends a framework based on adapting the new Progress Indicator methodology used by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) for calculating savings from improved code compliance.

The report also provides an overview of the states that are leading in energy code implementation efforts with utility support.

Check out the report here.

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Revolution Lighting Acquires Seesmart Technologies, Inc.

LED product manufacturer Revolution Lighting Technologies, Inc., formerly Nexxus Lighting, recently announced it has acquired Seesmart Technologies, Inc. for approximately $20 million. Seesmart, based in Simi Valley, California, is an…

LED product manufacturer Revolution Lighting Technologies, Inc., formerly Nexxus Lighting, recently announced it has acquired Seesmart Technologies, Inc. for approximately $20 million.

Seesmart, based in Simi Valley, California, is an LED solutions provider with products serving the commercial, industrial and institutional lighting markets. Seesmart’s exclusive network of more than 50 distributors has completed hundreds of LED projects in both retrofit and new construction applications. Seesmart’s pipeline of potential projects currently exceed $1 billion and include large school districts, commercial office and retail buildings, industrial facilities and government buildings. Seesmart’s customers include SL Green, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the City of Los Angeles, Idealease, and the Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York.

Under the terms of the agreement, Revolution paid approximately $20 million, with 50% of the consideration in shares of Revolution stock and 50% in cash. Revolution has reserved approximately 14 million shares of common stock for issuance to holders of Seesmart common stock and convertible notes pursuant to the transaction.

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Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking Campaign Webcast Scheduled for February 28, 2013

On Thursday, February 28, 2013, Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA) will hold a webcast on the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) campaign. LEEP was launched last fall…

On Thursday, February 28, 2013, Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA) will hold a webcast on the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) campaign. LEEP was launched last fall by BOMA, the Green Parking Council, and the International Facility Management Association to encourage the use of high-efficiency lighting technology in parking lots and parking structures. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Alliance provides technical assistance to LEEP participants who request it.

Intended for parking lot owners and managers, utilities, and other organizations committed to promoting high-efficiency parking lighting solutions, the webcast will highlight successes and lessons learned by innovative parking garage and lot owners in implementing high-efficiency lighting, and may be of interest to those considering solid-state lighting for those applications.

Speakers include Paul Wessel of the Green Parking Council, Ralph Williams of Walmart, Chris Magee of MGM Resorts International, and Dave Mounce of Hines. The webcast will also provide an overview of progress to date toward LEEP’s goal of having 100 million square feet of parking structure or lot space use roughly one-third less energy than ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2010 by November 2013.

The LEEP webcast is scheduled for February 28, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST.

Click here to register or learn more.

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