Commercial Lighting Control Can Aid in that Endeavor
For the last eight years, the City of San Francisco has focused its efforts on creating buildings that are healthy, sustainable places to live, work, play, and learn. The city’s Green Building Code requires that both commercial and residential buildings reduce energy and water use, divert waste from landfills, encourage alternate modes of transportation, and support the health and comfort of building occupants. The Code, which sets green building standards, applies to new construction as well as major renovations to existing buildings. Solutions, such as commercial lighting control, have shown to increase occupancy comfort and dramatically reduce energy consumption thereby cutting costs.
Today, many large commercial buildings are misusing light by setting levels higher than appropriate or in most cases; spaces are lit even when they are unoccupied. Such wasted energy not only impacts the environment but also reduces productivity and occupant comfort.
Centralized Facility Management
Centralized control will change the way you manage your workspace or portfolio of buildings. With system-wide oversight, facilities managers can make informed decisions utilizing real-time data to execute energy efficiency programs. Commercial lighting control solutions allow staff to easily adjust both electric light and manage daylight using their desktop PC, or smart device like a tablet or mobile phone. Facilities managers control, monitor and receive reports on the lighting in any space within the building including the outside. Such control helps to maximize energy efficiency, occupancy comfort, and productivity. Complete building automation allows for even further control of systems like HVAC, ventilation, and security.
Lighting Control Code Compliance
New construction of commercial buildings larger than 5,000 square feet falls under strict energy codes in the state of California. These regulations require that indoor lighting systems automatically shut off when the space in unoccupied or not in use. To accomplish this, an integrated lighting solution is necessary. One that turns off lights based on schedules, both time of day and astronomic clocks. According to the California Energy Commission automatically shutting off lights after work hours can offer 5 – 10 percent in energy savings.
Additionally, occupancy sensors can be used to monitor various spaces throughout a building, turning off lights when a room is not in use. Energy codes require that lights be shut off within 30 minutes of the occupants leaving the space thus ensuring energy savings. According to the New Buildings Institute, automatically shutting off lights based on occupancy can result in 25 – 45 percent energy savings in offices and classrooms.
Lighting Load Control
One of the biggest culprits of wasted energy in commercial buildings is lit spaces that are unoccupied. The International Energy Conservation Code states that occupants must be given the ability to reduce the lighting load by at least 50 percent within any indoor space. There are numerous ways to achieve this and all are focused on occupancy comfort and energy savings. Additionally, incorporating shades into any lighting control system with further enhance comfort and savings.
CytexOne designs and builds scalable systems that integrate lights, shades, HVAC as well as system monitoring and remote support. Complete a short survey and one of our commercial automation representatives will contact you.