DOE's Interior Lighting Campaign achieving success

America spends more than $200 billion to power commercial buildings, with lighting accounting for $40 billion of that total, according to the Department of Energy. The Better Buildings Initiative (BB) works with a variety of market sectors to develop innovative solutions to decrease energy costs without adversely affecting productivity. Launched in 2008, the program includes more than 200 member companies and organizations representing more than 10 billion square feet.

A good example of partners taking up energy efficient technology is the Interior Lighting Campaign, which addresses the opportunity for savings by updating ubiquitous drop ceiling, fluorescent lamp in most commercial buildings, doctors’ offices and hallways, the DOE reports. The campaign is an opportunity for participants to share their stories and encourage others to follow their example by showing that the move from low-tech to high-tech was not a risky one; indeed it was a good business move.

When the campaign exceeded the original goal of tallying 100,000 troffer upgrades last summer, the goal amount was ambitiously reset to 1,000,000 – either replaced or planned – by May 2016. Troffer lights generally operate for upward of 10 hours per day and collectively consume nearly 97 billion kwh of electricity per year; that is more than $10 billion from this one type of light alone; equivalent to the energy consumed by homes in New York in one year, according to the DOE.

The Interior Lighting Campaign is a partnership between DOE and the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), the General Services Administration and the International Facility Management Association (IFMA). It is a recognition and guidance program designed to help facility owners and managers take advantage of savings opportunities from high efficiency interior lighting solutions.

The DOE developed the High Efficiency Troffer Performance Specification to serve as guidance for procurement by detailing requirements and reliable performance. The specification was developed in collaboration with the BBA’s Lighting and Electrical Technology Team, manufacturers and other stakeholders; its adoption can help building owners save up to 60 percent on a one-for-one basis and up to 75 percent with the use of controls.

With commitments from a diverse group of high-profile members including Target, MGM Resorts International, the Department of Defense and Yamaha, the campaign is on its way to meeting its new goal. Target, one of the first to join, has already replaced 120,000 troffers in 100 of its 1,800 stores, resulting in a savings of more than 15 million kWh per year.

 


Topics: Associations / Organizations, Automation and Controls, Building Owners and Managers, Consulting - Green & Sustainable Strategies and Solutions, Energy Saving Products, Great Commercial Buildings, Interiors, Lighting - Energy Efficient Lighting, Office Buildings, Retail, Technology

Companies: U.S. Department of Energy


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