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Lighting and Controls in High Performance Buildings

The Energy Policy Act of 2005, defines a high performance building as one that “integrates and optimizes all major high-performance building attributes, including energy efficiency, durability, life-cycle performance, and occupant productivity.” (EPACT 2005, Section 914) One of the simplest ways to incorporate these attributes into any building is through the use of high-efficiency lighting and

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Sometimes It’s What You Don’t See and Hear That Makes the Show

Performing arts centers (PAC’s) present unique opportunities and challenges for owners, operators, designers and contractors alike. They are a unique mix of specialized systems with very specific performance requirements that need to meet the needs of a wide constituency. Whether the PAC serves a sole purpose such as a concert hall or multiple purposes with

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The Days of the Simple Wall Switch Are Gone!

The days of providing a simple wall switch to control lighting are GONE. The last few revisions of the energy codes, whether the International Energy Conservation Code or ASHRAE 90.1, has continually increased lighting control complexity. However, with this complexity significant energy reduction, and thus lower operating costs, can be achieved resulting in relatively short

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Are the Lights on When Nobody’s Home?

Saving energy is near the top of almost every facility manager’s list of priorities these days-it makes a lot of sense from an economic standpoint as well as being a good steward of the environment. After cooling and heating systems, the largest consumption of electrical energy in a building is the lighting system. The following

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