Connected Lighting Delivers Energy and Operational Value

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As a Chief Technology Officer I’m continually fascinated by the incredible advances that have brought Silicon Valley global recognition over the years.

Today’s IoT technology is positioning the business world for outstanding operational improvements. Retailers can obtain information about how their customers move through their stores so they can optimize merchandize locations. Property managers have visibility into every single desk and space across their portfolio. And all this is made possible by the existing lighting infrastructure.

The practice of controlling lights has been around for a number of years in order to save money and keep energy usage at a minimum. As technology marches forward we can now leverage lighting as a communications network in order to deliver business value that goes way beyond energy management benefits.

The diagram above shows the Daintree wireless lighting control system in black. Lights, working in conjunction with occupancy (and photo) sensors, switches and a wireless area controller, provide many of the core controls needed for the connected lighting system. They form a wireless mesh network that is used to pass information between devices – a switch to turn on lights, and an occupancy sensor to turn them off when a space is vacant.

This same connected lighting network can be used to add wireless thermostats and wireless plug load controllers, and to extend to other forms of controls beyond lighting, such as fans and CO2 sensors. The occupancy sensors used to turn lights off can also set the thermostat back when the space is vacant, or turn off plug loads with non-critical loads (such as space heaters).

But the benefits go beyond building efficiency because you can now leverage the data collected by various sensors and devices and use it to create applications that deliver unprecedented benefits. One of our partners, Plexure, offers an IoT-driven CRM solution that presents dynamic content to customers to increase basket value and drive the frequency of store visits. A global convenience store retailer working with Plexure increased transactions by 73% by targeting customers based on their digital behavior and linking this to real-time point of sale data to prove ROI.

Another partner Teem, formerly EventBoard, has developed an application to get the most out of meeting spaces and cut down on employee frustrations. By integrating with occupancy sensors, Teem is able to cancel previously scheduled meetings if no one shows up for them. If the sensor indicates that a particular meeting is a no-show, the reservation is cleared for that time slot and the room shows up as available, so that other employees can book it for impromptu meetings.

Connected lighting can be used to collect data from many other sensors and devices in the building. This data can be sent via the Internet into the cloud by the wireless area controller to power new energy management systems, deliver analytics that facilitate operational efficiencies and more exciting applications to propel business forward.

I look forward to sharing more advances made possible by this technology in future.

 

 

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Could there be a Postive Side to Climate Change?

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I attended the VERGE conference in Santa Clara last week and heard the theme of climate change time and time again. As much as it’s a scary topic associated with a litany of unacceptable outcomes, I was fascinated by the financial opportunity that it presents.

There are 6 billion people on our tiny planet now and there will be 3 billion more by the mid-century point. How can we provide for them without causing more harm to the earth? Well, to sweeten the pot, it turns out that there is a $1.3 trillion opportunity for sustainable solutions.

Where would the capital come from to invest in these solutions? Business. It could come from company profits, hedge funds and retirement accounts for example. The theory is that good old-fashioned capitalism can be leveraged to help keep climate change in check.

Climate change presents us with an opportunity that can be likened to the Industrial Revolution, which introduced sophisticated tools and equipment that enabled nations to create vibrant central economies. Among the key technological developments during the industrial Revolution was the ability to mass-produce items, such as food, clothing and shelter, which were previously only produced on a small scale for individual consumption. With 21st century tools at our disposal – from IoT, to analytics, solar and much more – we have the opportunity to create a sea change.

At this moment in time, 97% of publishing climate scientists agree that climate warming trends over the last century are most likely due to human activities. We have an amazing opportunity to make investments that will leave the planet healthier for our children and future generations – while also benefitting financially.

If you want to learn more, look for a new book called ‘The New Grand Strategy’ by Mark Mykleby, Joel Makower and Patrick Doherty.

 

 

 

 

 

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Strength in Numbers

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Daintree has been a pioneering force in the building controls industry — setting out on day one to create change. One way we have done that is by working with ecosystem partners who share our vision and desire to create the best solutions for the customer.

We’ve worked hard to build a best-in-class community of interoperable wireless control products for commercial and industrial applications based on the widely adopted ZigBee standard. This open ecosystem, featuring companies like LG Electronics, Samsung, OSRAM and our parent company Current, powered by GE is delivering exceptional product choices and lower costs for our industry.

Controls are fundamental to the Enterprise Internet of Things™ (E-IoT™) so if you are planning your E-IoT strategy it’s time to look at the role they can play as part of your product line.

What are the benefits of becoming Daintree compatible?

  • It’s quick and easy to add differentiated wireless capabilities to your existing products.
  • Your devices become part of a system that manages the wireless communications and delivers intelligent local control for switches, sensors, ballasts/drivers, thermostats, and other end-points in an area.
  • You will create new business opportunities by working seamlessly with a growing group of innovative products from top tier manufacturers.
  • Eliminate wiring, reduce expense, complication and disruption to customers.
  • Become part of the platform for the Enterprise Internet of Things™.

Daintree provides a clearly defined ZigBee device interface development package, access to program partners for full-lifecycle development support, and a certification process that ensures interoperability and successful field deployment for our channel partners and end users.

By joining the ControlScope® open ecosystem you connect your building devices, sensors and actuators with our multi-award winning controls and offerings from many blue chip manufacturers. Plus you participate in delivering the best, most extensive catalog of E-IoT solutions for your customers. Contact us if you’d like to know more.

 

 

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Upstart Innovators Are Positioned to Disrupt Incumbents in HVAC Sensing, Controls and Services Combinations

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Buildings represent the largest energy end use in the world, consuming one third of all final energy, and half of global electricity. In commercial buildings, almost 40% of this energy is consumed by equipment that conditions indoor environments – heating, cooling, and ventilating them. To improve the efficiency and quality of space conditioning, a number of new entrants have developed advanced HVAC technologies. While there are promising innovations in heat and enthalpy recovery, there is a plethora of sensors and controls companies poised to uproot the large incumbents. The Lux Innovation Grid for these companies illustrates the quality and quantity of emerging solutions providers, and the broader learning that comes from it.

While the “Dominant” quadrant is crowded, several of the companies have one trait in common – they are all focused squarely on a narrow vertical, namely hotels and data centers. Telkonet, for example, is focused on the hotel and hospitality segment. Its thermostats, while similar in capabilities to many of the competitors, are programmed to properly manage temperature drift (from a pre-defined set point); this is how it minimizes cooling unoccupied guest rooms, despite constantly-fluctuating occupancy. Similarly, Vigilent is exclusively focused on the data center segment. The company uses a network of temperature sensors, coupled with HVAC controllers, to minimize hot spots among data center server racks. The goal is not only energy savings, but also minimizing equipment failures in mission-critical applications due to inadequate cooling. It is not just the building application segment that provides a success indicator. The most pervasive type of companies across the “Dominant” quadrant are those with comprehensive building sensing and control product suites as opposed to isolated technologies. Specifically, Daintree Networks, Cylon Controls, Enlighted, Distech Controls, and Entic all touch multiple building systems, with the core primary systems being HVAC, lighting, and security. Building owners are showing insatiable interest in these platforms, and both Daintree and Enlighted have noted growth of over 300% over the past 12 months. The companies that can supply a comprehensive solution mean owners can centrally manage major functions, such as lighting and temperature control – a strong benefit. Business models also come into play of course with several of the companies mentioned above, such as Entic, offering a packaged service model instead of selling hardware alone. This is subtly different from Enlighted, which offers turn-key, third-party-financed lighting retrofits. In the case of Entic, the company is amortizing the cost of its hardware and charging building owners a monthly fee – which includes installation.

Just as in the BEMS software space, startups are innovating faster with HVAC technologies than their larger incumbent peers. These companies should look to partner or acquire companies of interest in the near term. This has already begun, as the Zehnder Group established a strategic partnership with dPoint Technologies, and Seeley International acquired Coolerado in mid-2015. Similarly for sensing and controls startups, Acuity Brands acquired Distech Controls early in 2015, and Ingersoll Rand’s building equipment company Trane has engaged Entic to supply sensors and software for its “comfort as a service” offering. Given the high quality startups across the HVAC technology spectrum, bigger players must act fast – or risk getting left behind.

Reprinted with permission from Lux Research
http://blog.luxresearchinc.com/blog/2015/10/upstart-innovators-are-positioned-to-disrupt-incumbents

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Open Standards Drive Smart Lighting And The Enterprise IoT

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As organizations weigh the many variables around retrofitting for lighting and building control automation, now is the time to understand the value of open standards. For many organizations, the push for open standards will start with wireless lighting controls. The initial ROI calculations show lighting as the low-hanging fruit for initial entry into wireless control. By choosing open standard-based lighting control systems, organizations provide themselves with an easy upgrade to other related controls, such as thermostats, plug-loads, CO2 sensors, and more.

The flexibility of open standards allows the ability to tie into existing lighting control frameworks without needing to buy a separate system to manage each additional device or system. As a result, wireless lighting controls are a catalyst ushering building controls into the Enterprise Internet of Things (E-IoT).

Looking back to move ahead

In the early days of networking (pre-Ethernet protocol) proprietary protocols hurt adoption rates and held up networking innovation in the process. It wasn’t until Ethernet came onto the scene that the other interconnected technologies could proliferate. For example, in the case of notebook computers with Wi-Fi capabilities, while there are several notebook and router vendors, connectivity is not an issue because customers know that all laptops communicate with all routers. Just as open standards drove rapid advancements in other industries such as computers, the same approach is expected to drive the smart lighting and building automation industry. Innovators use standards to advance technology with the knowledge that their products will work the same every time.

By 2020, the growth of the smart lighting market is expected to reach $56 billion at an estimated CAGR of 16 percent, while the total global market for networked lighting controls will be over $5 billion. In an industry currently dominated by proprietary systems, it’s believed that open standards-based wireless technologies will be the catalyst for this amazing growth.

For designers and end-users alike, it is important to understand the definition of ‘open standards’. Standards are considered open when they are developed in an open, collaborative, and transparent process, are freely available, and can be implemented within any business model. Because global reach is key to wide implementation, open standards should be developed in a transparent process that is open to all interested parties worldwide.

It is critical that open standards are supported and maintained over time by an independent, trusted organization that is made up of a diverse group of stakeholders. In addition, open standards must be subject to full public evaluation and use without constraints in a manner equally available to all interested parties. Open standards are platform independent and vendor-neutral. Some of the current standards for wireless controls include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, EnOcean, and Zigbee. There are more, but let’s look at the Zigbee standard as it is the most widely-used open standard for wireless control technology on the market today.

ZigBee technology

ZigBee is the only open, global wireless standard to provide the foundation for the Internet of Things by enabling simple and smart objects to work together. It is an open standard that supports low data-rates, low-power consumption, security, and reliability. A critical difference between ZigBee and other technologies is the standardization of application-level functionality, among other key differences around power and bandwidth requirements. As a result, ZigBee enables embedded wireless communications for lighting and other building control devices. In addition, the standard is supported by The ZigBee Alliance [www.ZigBee.org], a non-profit association of more than 400 members driving development of ZigBee wireless technology. The alliance promotes global adoption of ZigBee as the leading wirelessly networked, sensing, and control standard for use in commercial, industrial, energy, home, and consumer electronic markets.

For Designers:
• Open and freely available specification based on international standards
• Global operation in the 2.4GHz frequency band according to IEEE 802.15.4
• Brings together ZigBee PRO and the Building Automation and Networking (BACnet) protocol, the standard for building automation communication
• Wireless range up to 70m indoors and 400m outdoors with full control of transmitted output power
• Secures Building Automation networks by the use of AES 128 encryption, keys, and device authentication

For End-users:
• Can be installed “on top of” or in place of hard-wired networks or outdated systems
• Uses “mesh” technology that provides redundant paths of communication
• Supports thousands of devices in a single network
• Interoperability between a variety of building automation devices with building management systems regardless of manufacturer
• New services can be introduced in a controlled manner to scale as requirements grow

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Using Heatmaps To Visualize Facility Usage In The TL;DR Age

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tl;dr “Too Long; didn’t read”

It really is a comment on life these days that we even use shorthand to tell someone we don’t have time to read something. We are all inundated with email, news feeds, social media, information overload. As we move into the age of the IoT and big data, a common concern I hear from customers is “all this data is great, but I don’t have time to sift through it all”.

At Daintree, we agree. One of the areas we are exploring is to use heat map visualization tools to be able to “see” the usage of a building throughout the day. Enter our latest skunk works project. So far customers have been interested in using this tool for several purposes:

• Tracking customer traffic in a retail environment
• Viewing forklift routing and efficiency
• Adjusting control strategies to adapt to the way the building is actually used squeeze out more energy savings
• Using occupancy data to drive space planning

Click the link below to watch the video. I promise it’s short. Send us some feedback. How would you use a tool like this? We will give the feedback to our product team, but remember – keep it short if you want them to read it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpofaIiCVs8

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Innovate Your Warehouse with LED High-Bay Lighting

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Lighting represents more than 60% of the average warehouse’s electricity end use. Much of that electricity goes to high-bay lighting, which is defined as indoor lighting in spaces with ceilings that are 25 feet tall or higher. Unfortunately, much of the electricity used to light those fixtures is wasted, primarily due to outdated technology.
Wasted electricity in warehouses comes in many forms, but the reliance on older lighting technologies, such as high-intensity discharge (HID) and linear fluorescents, is the most notable example. That is why many warehouse owners and managers are turning to light emitting diodes (LEDs) for their high-bay fixtures.

LED lighting makes inroads in warehouse lighting
In the first decade of the 21st century, LED adoption was relatively low in warehouses. Older versions of LEDs didn’t provide the same level of illumination as HIDs, which made them impractical. However, that has changed in recent years as LED technology caught up to the lighting needs of modern businesses, including warehouses.
In fact, the installed base of LED high-bay lighting more than quintupled between 2010 and 2012. As such, innovative warehouse owners and managers have an enormous opportunity to outpace their competitors by getting in on the ground floor of the LED market.

Practical benefits of LED high-bay fixtures for warehouse lighting
Recent LED lighting developments have made their application ideal in refrigerated warehouses and other storage and shipping facilities for many reasons. Not only do LEDs use less energy, they offer many other benefits that make them perfect for warehouse owners and managers who are intent on using innovation to maximize profits, create a safer work environment and streamline their overall operations. The following are five benefits that demonstrate the value LED high-bay fixtures can bring to warehouses.

1. Reduced heat output: LEDs have a much lower heat output than other light bulbs. This can be particularly helpful for refrigerated warehouses, where the heat given off by older bulbs makes it difficult to maintain optimum refrigeration temperatures and leads to higher energy costs.
2. Light quality and safety: With LEDs, warehouse lighting can make for a safer and more productive work environment. Employees can see more clearly, making movement throughout the facility much easier. For example, workers in a food processing facility can more accurately select the products they are seeking. Additionally, with correct lamp placement and well-designed LED units, forklift operators can move through loading areas better with improved visibility to see other employees and potential obstacles.
3. Reduced maintenance: Due to their height and the large number of bulbs required, high-bay fixtures are some of the most difficult to maintain. Getting to bulbs that need to be replaced requires special equipment. Older bulbs with shorter lifespans than LEDs need to be replaced frequently. LEDs last 2 to 5 times longer than HIDs,4 which means less time and resources being devoted to basic maintenance.
4. Dimming and lighting controls: LEDs also lend themselves easily to dimming and other lighting controls. They turn on and off immediately, whereas HIDs take much longer to reach full brightness. They can be connected to occupancy and other lighting sensors so that intermittently used spaces are not lit when they aren’t being used. LEDs work well with dimming controls, allowing you to add control to lighting environments and tailor lighting levels.
5. Title 24 compliance: The latest update to California’s Title 24, which went into effect in July 2014, better educates larger commercial facilities on the importance of lighting sensor use for added energy efficiency. LEDs make it easier for businesses to comply with these standards because of their reduced energy usage and compatibility with lighting controls.

Financial benefits of LED high-bay fixtures
Since a commercial lighting retrofit for warehouse lighting can be more extensive than it is for other facilities, costs will always be a concern. However, when long-term savings are factored in, the financial benefits become readily apparent. Additionally, available programs such as PG&E’s On-Bill Financing (OBF) offer businesses benefits (based on eligibility) which include interest-free loans and funding on numerous technologies, such as lighting, HVAC, refrigeration and LED.

A recent study conducted by PG&E at a Rocklin, California-based distribution center found that LED fixtures, coupled with aggressive lighting controls, led to significant energy savings. In that study, which was done in a nearly 45,000-square-foot warehouse, the return on investment (ROI) was calculated at 3.6 years. Just as important, there was a 93% expected decrease in annual energy consumption as a result of the retrofit.

Gain the most out of a warehouse lighting retrofit
Pursuing a warehouse lighting retrofit is now easier and more affordable than ever. Thanks to rebates, incentives and financing from PG&E, the upfront costs have been greatly reduced. And with the latest LED technology making its application in high-bay fixtures an obvious upgrade over the competition, the long-term advantages are many.

To learn about control strategies used by today’s advanced lighting control systems and how to get the most out of a warehouse lighting retrofit, download the eBook “14 strategies to save up to 70% in energy costs using the latest in warehouse lighting and more” from Daintree Networks.

Reprinted with permission from PG&E

http://www.pge.com/en/mybusiness/save/smbblog/article/WarehouseHighBay.page

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Will Operational Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT) fusion result in Internet of Things (IoT)?

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During my speaking engagement at a facilities management conference a few months ago, I was shocked to see zero responses to the question I had just asked – “How many of you have heard of the term IoT?” Thinking that maybe it’s the acronym that they are having problems with, I spelled it out this time – “Internet of Things?” More blank looks. In the last few months, as I have gone to speak at various conferences on the topic, one thing has changed. I am not shocked anymore. I expect most of these folks including many of them at executive level positions to not have heard of the term, Internet of Things. Mind you, we are not talking about understanding what IoT means but just simply if they have heard of it. Once I explained to them what it means and how critical they will be in any IoT project in an Enterprise, they were very excited.

On the flip side, in speaking at some of the technology conferences, everyone had not only heard of the term, a number of them felt that they understood it fairly well. But, when I asked this group if they knew how facilities and sustainability managers through building automation solutions will play a key role in a successful IoT deployments, they had not understood the implications.

Clearly there is a chasm between the two groups. But, it’s changing and the gap is closing fast. Let’s first look at the definitions of OT and IT before diving into how the fusion will help work for IoT.

Gartner Group defines OT as the platforms that are used in running the operation of physical assets of enterprises, especially those that involve taking specific actions (for example, controlling electricity or energy flow, valves, lighting, ambient environment, machine tools or robots). Building control and management systems would be considered Operation Technology or OT.

Information Technology (IT) refers to anything related to computing technology, such as networking, hardware, software, the Internet, for creation, storage, exchange, and use of information in various forms.

There are many definitions of Internet of Things floating around. Gartner Group defines it as “a network of dedicated physical objects (things) that contain embedded technology to sense or interact with their internal state or the external environment. The IoT is an ecosystem that includes things, communication, applications and data analysis.” In simple terms, IoT is about automating various processes in an enterprise through M2M (machine-to-machine) connections to gain operational efficiencies.

While CIOs and other technology executives are looking at rolling out IoT initiatives from a holistic level throughout the enterprise including deploying sensors at as many points as possible, Facility and Sustainability managers have been deploying building automation using wireless technologies throughout the enterprise buildings. For Enterprise Internet of Things (E-IoT), right technology can start with the control of lighting which is the most ubiquitous network (The smart lighting installed base is projected to grow from 2.1 million units in 2014 to 2.54 billion units in 2020 – Gartner Group) in an enterprise but quickly expand to HVAC, Plug Loads, and various other devices. In essence, the right smart building automation technology and process can drive most of the M2M interactions with monitoring, control, and analytics, within an Enterprise. Technologies that are most likely to be frictionless in this context would be driven by open standards, wireless, and the ability to support all types of devices.

The successful deployment of IoT technology advancements hinges on an effective merger of IT and OT capabilities within an organization. This merger first requires eliminating long-standing conflicts over priorities, budgets, and business resources. Other industries can look to enterprise data centers for an example of what they must do to dissolve historical lines of division between the function and management of IT and OT departments.

The bottom line is that we have exciting times ahead of us. After decades of holding thankless jobs, Facility managers can now play a pivotal role in perhaps one of the biggest revolutions in technology. And, CIOs and CTOs don’t have to carry the torch of achieving significant savings and operational efficiencies using technology themselves. They now have partners from an unexpected organization who are already taking care of the hard work. This fusion is destined to be a fruitful one for the individuals and for the enterprise.

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Lighting Aspects of ASHRAE/IES 189.1-2014

In November 2014, ASHRAE published ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. This green building standard—picture something like LEED in mandatory code language—covers energy efficiency, site sustainability, water use, indoor environmental quality and the building’s impact on the atmosphere, materials and resources. The 2014 version updates the 2011 version and includes a number of stretch requirements related to lighting and controls.

Another green building standard is the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), published by the International Code Council (which also publishes the IECC model energy code). IgCC recognizes 189.1 as an alternative compliance standard. During the summer of 2014, the USGBC, ASHRAE, AIA, IES and ICC agreed to harmonize 189.1, the IgCC and LEED.

Standard 189.1-2014’s major sections are divided into mandatory requirements plus a prescriptive and performance option. The mandatory requirements are just that, mandatory. The prescriptive option includes both the mandatory plus a series of prescriptive requirements. The performance option requires a building simulation and related calculations.

The lighting and control aspects of 189.1-2014 are related to energy efficiency, “light pollution,” daylighting and occupant lighting control. Standard 189.1-2014 references the ASHRAE/IES 90.1-2013 energy standard as the baseline and then presents various modifications. Therefore, these requirements, briefly described below (except for daylighting), must be achieved in addition to everything else that is applicable in 90.1-2013. Below is a brief description (except for daylighting). Consult 189.1-2014 for specific requirements.

Section 7, energy efficiency (mandatory): Energy consumption for certain lighting systems must be separately measured using a device that remotely communicates with a data acquisition system. The system must be able to store the data and provide user reports.

Section 7, energy efficiency (prescriptive option): Lower interior and exterior lighting power allowances must be achieved by applying a multiplier to the lighting power allowances in 90.1-2013.

Certain hotel and motel guest rooms must install automatic lighting controls that automatically turn OFF power to lighting and switched outlets after a period of vacancy.

Lighting in commercial and industrial storage stack areas must be controlled by an occupancy sensor that reduces lighting power by at least 50 percent.

Security and emergency lighting that must be continually illuminated is limited to 0.1W/sq.ft., though more can be added if connected to an automatic shutoff control.

Sign lighting power must be automatically reduced at certain times, with the level of reduction dependent on the lamp type and whether it operates during any daylight hours.

Exterior lighting serving uncovered parking areas must be controlled by a photosensor and astronomical time switch. Certain lighting must be reduced using an occupancy sensor.

Installed lighting covered by the ENERGY STAR labeling program must satisfy ENERGY STAR performance criteria. Specifically, integrated LED lamps and, if using the Alternate Renewables Approach (Section 7.4.1.1.2), other lamps and those commercial and residential luminaire types covered by the program.

Section 5, site sustainability (mandatory): Exterior luminaires must satisfy prescribed BUG ratings, indicating suitable control of backlight, uplight and glare. Uplight is additionally restricted based on lighting zone, which in turn is based on population density.

Section 8, indoor environmental quality (mandatory): Lighting in at least 90 percent of enclosed office spaces, if a certain size, must be controlled using multilevel controls or bilevel controls with separate task lighting. Multilevel control is required in listed multioccupant spaces. Gymnasium, auditorium, ballroom and cafeteria lighting must be zoned as at least two independently controlled groups of luminaires.

Section 8, indoor environmental quality (prescriptive option): Presentation lighting must be controlled separately from other general lighting.

Section 8, indoor environmental quality (performance option): Presentation lighting must satisfy certain illumination criteria based on the type of permanently installed presentation system.

Reprinted with permission from the Lighting Controls Association.
www.lightingcontrolsassociation.org

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Wireless Building Controls ROI And Payback

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At Lightfair 2015, the world’s largest architectural and commercial lighting tradeshow, wireless building controls payback was a hot topic. The main argument – If LEDs along with occupancy sensors are good enough, why bother with wireless network control. Jim Collins offered plenty of insight in his classic book Good to Great that is relevant:

“Good is the enemy of great. And that is one of the key reasons why we have so little that becomes great. We don’t have great government, principally because we have good government. Few people attain great lives, in large part because it is just so easy to settle for a good life.” ― James C. Collins, Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t.

Installing efficient lighting is good but customers can achieve great results by using wireless controls for Lighting, HVAC and other applications. A compelling reason to invest in wireless network controls is the potential to get up to 70% in energy saving, yet it is only part of the value proposition. The other part is building performance optimization that stems from improved operational efficiency, proactive maintenance and higher productivity associated with better occupant comfort. Wireless control solutions have the capability to transform an ordinary facility into connected, intelligent building that responds automatically without human intervention. The end result is unprecedented visibility, automated fault detection and centralized monitoring and control that truly empowers the facility manager.

A case in point is the evolution of cellular phones from late nineties to present generation of smart phones:

http://www.computersciencedegreehub.com/cell-phone/

The legacy cell phones were designed with just one use case in mind – make and receive phone calls. Today, the best smart phones not only provide better voice quality and enhanced battery life but a variety of applications that have become integral part of our daily life – Weather Station, GPS, Camera, Instant Chat and Internet connectivity.

Like cell phones, wireless control solutions have evolved and offer a ton of new features at a fraction of the cost. Building owners and facility managers who are upgrading lighting without wireless network control are missing out on new features – multi-application control, analytics & insight, automated demand response, remote monitoring and control etc. in one integrated package. Advanced building control solutions deliver much more than pure energy savings and make commercial and industrial buildings future-proof via Enterprise Internet of Things.

In another decade, buildings without advanced wireless controls will be as rare as analog cellphones from the nineties. As for the wireless controls payback, the typical range is between 1-4 years based on the application. The declining hardware prices will reduce the payback period even further and take wireless network control solutions to the next level.

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