Facilities Recognized for Lighting Innovations

Projects involved advanced lighting controls and integrated lighting to generate savings and efficiency.   September 18, 2023

By Dan Hounsell, Senior Editor 

Lighting upgrades continue to offer a range of benefits for institutional and commercial facilities, from energy efficiency to enhanced aesthetics in reopening facilities. The Better Buildings Initiative’s Integrated Lighting Campaign recently recognized the use of advanced lighting by building owners and managers for adopting advanced lighting controls and integrated lighting. Among the facilities recognized are these: 

  • Advanced use of sensors and controls: Morenci Area Schools in Michigan invested $1.4 million in energy system improvements, including new LEDs and controls, in their schools, which are expected to save more than $1 million in energy and operational costs over 10 years and nearly 490,000 kWh. 
  • Innovative, maintenance, operation and financing service models: The city of Berkeley, California, Public Safety Building used on-bill financing to replace its fluorescent lighting with LEDs and implemented additional lighting controls and vacancy sensors, reducing annual energy use by 33 percent. 
  • Innovative, maintenance, operation, and financing service models: The state of Michigan's General Service Building in Dimondale has a new lighting system and controls that reduce lighting power by over 90 percent. The state reinvests the savings into future energy efficiency projects. 
  • Germicidal ultraviolet systems for energy efficiency and Improved indoor air quality: Kinnelon High School in New Jersey implemented hybrid ultraviolet air-purifier and whole-room disinfection fixtures with embedded occupancy sensors to improve indoor air quality in shared learning spaces. 

Dan Hounsell is senior editor for the facilities market. He has more than 30 years of experience writing about facilities maintenance, engineering and management. 


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