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Second Quarter Construction Outlook Remains Positive

Construction activities are expected to grow at 5% in 2015, leveling off from the previous forecast of 8 percent in Q1 2015, according to FMI Corporation’s Q2 Construction Outlook. Although…

Construction activities are expected to grow at 5% in 2015, leveling off from the previous forecast of 8 percent in Q1 2015, according to FMI Corporation’s Q2 Construction Outlook.

Although the prediction is significantly lower than last quarter, the outlook reports the highest total for construction put in place since 2008. “Construction spending continues to build on the rapid growth experienced in the industry last year,” said Chris Daum, senior managing director and president of Investment Banking at FMI Corporation.

The report provides forecasts for 17 sectors across residential, non-residential and non-building groups. Areas with strong growth forecasted include residential, manufacturing, commercial, amusement and recreation, office, lodging and transportation.

The sector with the highest growth prospect is manufacturing, which continues to show gains in construction activity despite several factors that point to slower growth for 2016 through the forecast horizon of 2019. That is partly due to the cyclical nature of industry as well as the sudden change in the value of the dollar affecting exports, among other factors.

Forecast for some of the key sectors:

Manufacturing — FMI expects another 17% growth for 2015, after seeing 15% growth in manufacturing construction in 2014, despite some ups and down in manufacturing activity. The manufacturing renaissance will continue to be susceptible to future energy prices and markets in the U.S. and abroad, and the double-digit growth is expected to slow to just 8% in 2016.

Commercial — Commercial construction is expected to grow at 13% in 2015 to $64,999 billion then slow to 7% growth in 2016. Consumers remain relatively confident about the economy, but they are also remaining conservative in their discretionary spending, at least until wage recovery improves.

Office — Our office construction forecast for the second quarter calls for 11% growth in 2015. Although slower than the 19% growth seen in 2014, office construction is benefiting from increasing employment.

Residential — FMI expects solid growth of 8% for 2015 and for that growth rate to remain steady through 2019. Multifamily construction continues in double-digit growth through 2016. Even though sales of new single-family homes grew to 517,000 in April, 26.1% above April 2014, many would-be home buyers are holding off until their wages go up, and they can save enough money to meet new lending standards.

Religious — Religious construction continues to slow and is expected to be 5% under last quarter’s results. Areas of growth will likely be renovation, as newly formed congregations move into vacated retail space or reoccupy church buildings abandoned by other faiths.

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DOE Publishes Long-Term Testing Investigation of Retail Lamps

The U.S. Department of Energy’s CALiPER program has released another special report on LED lamps that are available through the retail marketplace and targeted toward general consumers. CALiPER Retail Lamps…

The U.S. Department of Energy’s CALiPER program has released another special report on LED lamps that are available through the retail marketplace and targeted toward general consumers. CALiPER Retail Lamps Study 3.2 focuses on lumen depreciation and color shift in a subset of 15 LED A lamps from CALiPER Retail Lamps Study 3. The lamps were monitored in an automated long-term test apparatus for more than 7,500 hours.

Ten samples of each lamp were operated continuously at an ambient temperature of 45°C, with measurements recorded weekly. On average, the lumen maintenance of the LED lamps was better than either of the benchmark lamps (CFL and halogen), but there was considerable variation from lamp model to lamp model.

In addition to three observed parametric failures (two from insufficient lumen maintenance and one from excessive color shift), almost half of the products failed to meet ENERGY STAR early-life thresholds for lumen maintenance, which for seven products was sufficiently low at 6,000 hours that they were unlikely to have lumen maintenance above 70% at their rated lifetime (usually 25,000 hours).

DOE’s SSL Program Manager Jim Brodrick comments: “Given the methods used for this investigation, the results should not be interpreted as indicative of a lamp’s performance in a typical environment, nor should they be used to discredit manufacturer lifetime claims. A key takeaway is that the long-term performance of LED lamps can vary greatly from model to model, although the lamp-to-lamp consistency within a given model is relatively good. Further, operation of LED lamps in an enclosed luminaire (or other setting involving high ambient temperatures) can induce parametric failure of LEDs well before their rated lifetime; manufacturer warnings about such conditions should be followed if performance degradation is unacceptable.”

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Product Monday: SmartCast Intelligent Color Control by Cree

Cree’s SmartCast lighting control technology now includes field-adjustable color temperature for the company’s SmartCast-enabled CR Series LED troffers. This provides dynamic and customizable color control from 3000K to 5000K in…

creeCree’s SmartCast lighting control technology now includes field-adjustable color temperature for the company’s SmartCast-enabled CR Series LED troffers. This provides dynamic and customizable color control from 3000K to 5000K in 500K increments for commercial building general lighting.

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Product Monday: LED Pendants and Sconces by Winona

The Canoe LED Pendant and Sconce Collection from Winona Lighting features an elegant slim profile and even indirect illumination. The Canoe family is offered in three styles: vertical wall mount,…

The Canoe LED Pendant and Sconce Collection from Winona Lighting features an elegant slim profile and even indirect illumination.

The Canoe family is offered in three styles: vertical wall mount, horizontal wall mount and horizontal pendant. Luminaires range from 30 to 54 inches in length depending on mount application.

The solid aluminum housing is available in five standard finishes. Available color temperatures include 3000K, 3500K and 4000K with 2,100 or 4,100 lumen output options.

Click here to learn more.

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Career Opportunity: Industrial Designer, Mechanical Engineer for Kenall

CLASSIFIED ADVERTISEMENT Industrial Designer, Mechanical Engineer As Kenall’s Industrial Designer/ME you will research, conceptualize and develop new state of the art lighting products. The ideal candidate will be able to…

CLASSIFIED ADVERTISEMENT

Industrial Designer, Mechanical Engineer

kenall1As Kenall’s Industrial Designer/ME you will research, conceptualize and develop new state of the art lighting products. The ideal candidate will be able to convey ideas using visual mediums, including hand sketches and possess a working knowledge of 3-D CAD modeling, Solidworks and/or Inventor.

Kenall’s product development is a cascade process consisting of three primary groups: Ideation, Proof of Concept and Sustainability.

Qualifications:

• Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in Industrial Design
• Strong mechanical and electrical aptitude
• Proven ability to free hand sketch in isometric and 3-D perspective
• ALL levels of experience will be considered, including enthusiastic new graduates
• Previous experience in the field of solid state lighting a plus

Founded in 1963 by Ken Hawkins, Kenall Manufacturing carved a niche within the industry by creating the first impact and vandal resistant lighting products, and continues that mission today by providing intelligent, durable and sustainable solutions to complex lighting problems. As the company’s second generation CEO, Jim Hawkins has expanded the company’s vision to include sealed lighting for containment or clean spaces, high abuse lighting for public access areas, as well as correctional, healthcare, and transportation lighting.

1963-2013-Celebrating 50 years

JOIN US as we move to our new custom designed, state of the art 355,000-sq.ft. manufacturing headquarters in Kenosha, WI in early 2015!

Click here to apply.

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How to Win a Lumen Award

The IESNYC has invited nine 2014 Lumen Award winning lighting designers to discuss what it takes to win a Lumen Award. In addition to discussing their award-winning projects, they will…

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The IESNYC has invited nine 2014 Lumen Award winning lighting designers to discuss what it takes to win a Lumen Award.

In addition to discussing their award-winning projects, they will reveal how you too can have an award-winning submission. You’ll find out how to write effective text and submit eye-catching images and other tips to help you win a Lumen.

The panel includes:

* Francesca Bettridge, Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design
* Renee Cooley, Cooley Monato Studio
* Michael Cummings, Focus Lighting
* Star Davis, Arup
* Mitul Parekh, Tillotson Design Associates
* Richard Renfro, Renfro Design Group
* Peiheng Tsai, PHT Lighting Design
* Martin van Koolbergen, Kaplan Gehring McCarroll Architectural Lighting
* Susannah Zweighaft, AKF Lighting Design

Lee Brandt of HLB Lighting Design will moderate the panel.

The event takes place in New York City the evening of Wednesday, September 10 from 6-8 PM. Click here for details and to register.

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Product Monday: Knife and Rail LED Pendants by Litecontrol

Litecontrol’s newest customizable LED indirect/direct pendants—Knife and Rail—are available with the company’s very intriguing Variable Intensity (Vi) Technology. With Litecontrol’s Vi Technology, designers are no longer limited by standard luminaire…

Litecontrol’s newest customizable LED indirect/direct pendants—Knife and Rail—are available with the company’s very intriguing Variable Intensity (Vi) Technology. With Litecontrol’s Vi Technology, designers are no longer limited by standard luminaire configurations, but can specify the exact amount of light and power as well as beam distribution to ideally illuminate any environment.

The customization of the Knife and Rail works like this: Customers determine the light output, fixture wattage and indirect/direct beam distribution for desired visual comfort; Litecontrol then programs and labels the luminaire to precisely match the desired specifications. Using Vi Technology, output can be specified to 100 lumens (per 4 ft.), which allows for specification of wattage consumption in <1W/ft. increments. Utilized for both uplight and downlight hemispheres, Vi Technology allows the direct/indirect outputs to be independently specified and controlled. Designed to seamlessly integrate into a customer’s décor, the Knife’s extrusion features sharp angles for more contemporary spaces, while the Rail delivers a classic form with a clean reveal for depth and shadow. Available in both pendant and wall mounted versions, the LED fixtures feature continuous diffusers that provide an uninterrupted line of light. The two diffuser options include SOF (Softglo) acrylic lens available in both 4’ and 8’ lengths, and BW/SOF (Baffle with lens overlay) available in 4’ lengths. Click here to learn more.

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Career Opportunity: Planning and Evaluation Manager (Conservation Program) with Seattle City Light

Planning & Evaluation Manager (Mgr 3 – Utils) Salary: $40.70 – $61.05 Hourly Location: City Light, Conservation Resources Division, 901 Fifth Avenue, Room 1814, Seattle, Washington Job Type: Classified Civil…

seattlePlanning & Evaluation Manager (Mgr 3 – Utils)
Salary: $40.70 – $61.05 Hourly
Location: City Light, Conservation Resources Division, 901 Fifth Avenue, Room 1814, Seattle, Washington
Job Type: Classified Civil Service, Regular, Full-Time
Shift: Day
Department: Seattle City Light
Bargaining Unit: WSCCCE, Local 21 CL Managers
Closing Date: 06/03/14 04:00 PM Pacific Time

Position Description:
Seattle City Light seeks a Manager (Manager 3, Utilities – BU) to lead the Planning, and Evaluation group within the Conservation Resources Division (CRD). City Light, a department of the City of Seattle, is one of the nation’s largest municipally owned utilities based on number of customers served. We are proud to say that we have been greenhouse gas neutral since 2006.

Seattle City Light strongly supports energy conservation, considering this to be its primary method for providing energy resources. The Conservation Resources Division develops and delivers energy conservation programs and services to the entire range of customers served by the utility in Seattle and surrounding communities.

The Planning and Evaluation Manager will guide a team of professional staff responsible for assessing the utility’s conservation resources, planning, identifying technologies, implementing measurements, and verification procedures, providing centralized conservation contract, rebate and payment processing, and evaluating conservation program impacts, processes and outcomes. This manager is responsible for the division multi-year strategic planning process and the development of the strategic and tactical planning documents necessary to implement the multi-year plan.

This position will be fully engaged in the leadership of a number other major division wide initiatives, establishment of an independent measurement and verification program, revitalization of the program evaluation team, and the design and developments of a new database that will integrate the functions currently performed by multiply programs and manage the information generated by numerous conservation programs. This position reports to the Conservation Resources Division Director and is a member of the division senior management team.

Job Responsibilities:
The Planning and Evaluation Manager will oversee City Light’s conservation planning, evaluation, measurement and verification, customer contract, rebate and payment processing programs, including the following responsibilities:
• Work with Division Director and CRD leadership to improve existing programs, develop new and innovative programs and delivery mechanisms, and identify and implement appropriate evaluation methods.
• Oversee the development of CRD’s planning and evaluation framework to support effective program implementation. Manage multiple short-term and long-term projects. Establish and refine processes for long-term strategic planning, annual planning, program evaluation, market research and contract/payment processing.
• Manage the multi-year strategic planning processes. Identify and work with external and internal stakeholders. Manage the creation and oversight of the various planning documents necessary to implement and update the division’s operational plans over times. Oversee preparation of conservation potential assessment, establishment of I-937 conservation targets, and participation in Department’s Integrated Resources Planning process.
• Supervise staff. Establish workload, set expectations and conduct performance reviews. Coach supervisors in their duties. Oversee and participate in hiring processes.
• Manage the section’s financial resources. Create and implement the section’s budget, allocate financial resources, contract for services, coordinate funding for incentive payments and rebates, including multi-year encumbrances.
• Oversee preparation of conservation potential assessment, establishment of I-937 conservation targets, participation in Department’s Integrated Resources Planning process, and preparation of CRD multi-year operational plan.
• Provide leadership to staff who provide contract, rebate and payment processing for conservation field operations programs. Oversee the tracking and reporting of budgets and kWh savings for all programs. Support collaboration of data collection and reporting needs throughout the division.
• Manage the creation and implementation of the division’s measurement and verification program. Manage staff as they plan, design and execute an independent measurement and verification program. Review and deliver position and policy papers designed to bolster the reliability of SCL conservation resources energy savings.
• Work collaboratively with SCL IT to identify best practices and emerging technologies designed to support the needs of the whole division. Lead the effort to design/identify and implement an integrated information tracking system to support centralized information gathering and reporting.
• Maintain collaborative relationships with other City Departments, regional utilities and organizations, public interest organizations, and governmental agencies. Work closely with SCL IT, Accounts Payable, Legal Department and Procurement Section. Represent City Light and CRD in various organizations and forums.
• Prepare and deliver reports and presentations. Attend meetings within the City and with outside groups.
• Perform other related duties of a comparable level/type as assigned.

Qualifications:
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Business or Public Administration, Economics, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical or Environmental Engineering; Environmental Science; Statistical Analysis; or related field.

Experience: Substantial professional experience managing the planning, research, or evaluation of energy efficiency or energy conservation programs, services, or related area. This experience is typically gained though five (5) or more years of relevant, progressively responsibility assignments, including at least three (3) years as a manager or supervisor in a large, complex multicultural and diverse organization. Prefer public sector work experience and licensure as a Professional Engineer or Certified Energy Manager.

Experience managing budgets and human resources including employee evaluation, assigning and monitoring work flow, and data management.
Certification/License: Washington State Driver’s License or equivalent mobility.

Additional Information:

Desired Qualifications:
Masters Degree in Business or Public Administration, Economics, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical or Environmental Engineering; Environmental Science; Statistical Analysis; or related field.

Experience managing staff and leading highly effective teams.

Knowledge of planning methods. Ability to develop and evaluate short range and long range plans.

Ability to assimilate large amounts of data, either related or unrelated, to draw relevant conclusions.

Background in data gathering and statistical analysis.

Ability to exercise good judgment in evaluation and decision making.

Experience securing and managing large professional services contracts.

Ability to develop and maintain positive working relationship with internal and external contacts.

Previous experience managing multiply projects simultaneously.

Experience creating and managing large, public budgets.

Experience providing oversight and guidance with technology projects.

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.

Applicants may apply at the Seattle City Light website: www.seattle.gov/jobs until 6/30/14.

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Career Opportunity: Electronics Engineer for IOTA

Position Title: Electronics Engineer Lighting Products Reports To: Engineering Manager Department Name: Emergency Products Subordinates: None Classification: Exempt ________________________________________ Position Summary As a Design Engineer you will be driving innovative…

iotaPosition Title: Electronics Engineer Lighting Products
Reports To: Engineering Manager
Department Name: Emergency Products
Subordinates: None
Classification: Exempt
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Position Summary
As a Design Engineer you will be driving innovative product design and responsible for the architecture and development of both LED and Emergency LED Drivers. In this role you will support new business development from concept investigation and design analysis to successful production release in a high volume manufacturing environment. Responsibilities include – design analysis, modeling & simulation, schematic/BOM creation, PCB layout, DFM, prototype development, test & validation, qualification, and Safety/Reliability certifications. Collaborates with engineers, technicians, production teams, program and functional management to estimate, track and schedule the design and manufacture of LED Driver products.

Tasks
* Collaborate with marketing and Engineering Management to develop detailed specifications that cover critical requirements
* Determine topology, magnetic requirements, and a block diagram outlining the functionality and technical requirements to meet product specifications.
* Understand compliance requirements (EMI, safety, etc.) and identify impacts to design
* Complete electrical design, schematic, BOM, magnetics, and PCB layout prerequisites.
* Create or supervise PCB designs; procure PCBs when complete.
* Partner with physical design
o Package constraints with mechanical concept and mounting features
o Determine PCB size constraints (X, Y, & Z) and mounting hole locations.
o Thermal design with heatsink and airflow requirements
o Review completed physical design and procure hardware when complete
* Coordinate purchase of components and create AVLs for new parts
* Direct the assembly and test of prototype magnetics and PCBs; integrate into physical design
* Define and direct characterization of completed prototype
* Incorporate required changes into design documentation
* Coordinate the construction of preproduction units with updated documentation
* Complete compliance requirements and testing (internal & external)
* Release final documents and test requirements
* Assist with production problems and update documentation as required.

Skills and Attributes
* A thorough understanding SMPS (switch mode power supply) topologies used in LED driver applications.
* Adept at high frequency magnetic design; transformers, inductors, and EMI filter components
* Experienced with the use of standard lab equipment; scopes, meters, spectrum analyzers, etc.
* Proficient in test and measurement techniques for and SMPS
* Troubleshooting abilities to locate problems and identify solutions of new designs and in production product.
* Functional understanding of heat flow and thermal design
* Communication abilities to understand and explain problems, findings, and resolutions
* Experience with regulatory agencies (i.e. UL, CSA, IEC, VDE, FCC, etc.)
* Proficient in PC applications; Excel, Word, Outlook, AutoCAD, and Altium Designer (PCBs)

Experience and Education
* Bachelor’s Degree
* Minimum 6 years’ experience in the engineering field of LED electronics

Physical Requirements
* Occasional lifting and carrying up to 25 lbs.
* Sitting for long periods of time
* Office environment
* Ability to drive to production facility for meetings, etc.

*Visit our website at www.iotaengineering.com
*Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

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Career Opportunity: Sr Scientific Engineering Associate with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Sr Scientific Engineering Associate – 76589 Organization: EE-Environmental Energy Tech The Energy Efficiency Standards Group (EES) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) supports the U.S. Department of Energy’s Appliance Standards…

Sr Scientific Engineering Associate – 76589
Organization: EE-Environmental Energy Tech

The Energy Efficiency Standards Group (EES) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) supports the U.S. Department of Energy’s Appliance Standards Program by performing the interdisciplinary analyses that underlie the development and amendment energy conservation standards and test procedure rulemakings. We seek to hire an engineer or analyst with extensive knowledge of efficient lighting technologies, design, standards, and test procedures for a full-time Scientific Engineering Associate (SEA) position: a senior SEA (SSEA) or principle SEA (PSEA) depending on the level of experience the candidate brings to the job. Scientific Engineering Associates in the Group provide advanced technical support, applying engineering and scientific concepts to the development, analysis, review and documentation of energy efficiency standards and test procedures. SSEAs work with little instruction on day-to-day work. PSEAs work with minimal instruction and work more independently to develop methods and procedures to fulfill new assignments.

The successful candidate will enjoy performing high-stakes analyses in a fast-paced and highly dynamic work environment, working on a day-to-day level with an interdisciplinary lighting team of 5 to 10 individuals.

Responsibilities:
The SEA will apply their knowledge of efficient lighting technologies to support the LBNL EES team in the review, amendment, and development of new or existing lighting standards and test procedures. This work includes the engaging in the following tasks:

Working with the lighting team to:
• Brainstorm key concepts and data sources
• Develop analytical approaches and problem solving strategies
• Coordinate on analysis documentation and deliverables

Research. Working with minimal supervision:
• Develop advanced analytical tools and approaches to analyze energy and economic impacts of potential lighting technology standards
• Analyze and develop test procedures for applicability to current lighting products and DOE requirements and harmonization test procedures of industry and other agencies (e.g. ENERGY STAR)
• Evaluate test results for consistency with testing requirements and standards compliance

Deliverables development:

• Create technical documentation describing methods and results of work
• Work with team to prepare analytical tools for public use

Qualifications:
• Master’s degree in engineering, physics, or a related discipline
• In depth knowledge of energy efficient lighting technologies
• Experience with energy analysis
• Computer modeling experience
• Ability to function well, produce accurate work under pressure
• The ability to adapt quickly to rapidly changing work demands
• Experience in working in a research team environment.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
• Experience with technical writing and presentation
• Excellent interpersonal skills.
• The ability to collaborate effectively, sharing and receiving creative ideas.
• 5 years of lighting-related experience (industry or research) for SSEA
• 8 – 10 of lighting experience (industry or research) for PSEA

Preferred:
• Doctorate in engineering or equivalent

Notes: This is a full-time, one-year term appointment with the possibility of renewal and/or conversion to a Career appointment based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and on-going operational needs.

How To Apply
Apply directly online at http://bit.ly/lbl76589LightNow and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process.

Berkeley Lab is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to the development of a safe and diverse workforce.

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