The lighting systems of 2013 would be instantly recognizable to Thomas Edison. Little has changed since his days in Menlo Park, NJ, with even his own screw-base socket and bulb all too dominant. And while the emergence of LED-based solid-state lighting (SSL) is spoken about frequently, it is not clear that people understand that LED lighting is more than just an efficient light source.
Advanced thermostats communicate to the Internet, enabling visibility and control of HVAC systems via the web. Communication capabilities create opportunities for energy and demand savings through smarter controls and enhanced HVAC performance management by maintenance staff. Additionally, the advanced thermostats can integrate with and control other energy consuming systems, such as lighting.
Paul Torcellini of the National Renewable Energy Labs (NREL) gave a presentation last year on net zero energy (NZE) buildings to folks from NYSERDA, the NY Department of Public Service, consultants, and others who buzz about in New York’s efficiency circles.
Ninety percent of the buildings that will be here in 2035 have already been built. Buildings account for almost 80 percent of energy used in cities worldwide. Energy researchers in the Northwest and Northeast are focused on the same goal: finding ways to achieve deep energy savings in these buildings.
This report presents the results of primary research conducted to better determine the potential for energy savings through the utilization of advanced power strips (APS) in commercial environments, and to determine appropriate methodologies for assessing the savings.
Lucid’s Chief Creative Officer, Gavin Platt, sums up several key lessons about helping occupants become active energy managers in a contributed article on the Johnson Controls “What’s Possible in Building Efficiency” Blog.
Lighting used to be straightforward. Bulb type, fixtures, lighting levels, and controls had been chosen (with or without you) during design and construction of the building. As an occupant, you got to tag along and buy replacement bulbs with almost no ability to change or adapt to new needs and technologies.
In 2012, Facebook was responsible for about 384,000 metric tons of CO2e, up from 275,000 in 2011, according to the company’s annual report on carbon emissions and energy use. This includes GHGs from data centers, office space, employee commuting and air travel, data center construction and hardware transportation.