The ILC will recognize Participants and Supporters that demonstrate exemplary performance on an annual basis.

Participant Recognition

ILC Participants (organizations including building owners, operators, and managers) are encouraged to submit projects that they would like to have considered for recognition. Categories include:

Advanced use of sensors and controls for lighting

This category seeks to recognize the use of sensors, controls, and other capabilities in lighting that go beyond the norm of basic occupancy, daylighting, dimming, and scheduling approaches.  In particular, the Campaign is interested in applications where sensors and controls are enabling deeper operational savings in lighting applications and/or creating an enhanced user/occupant experience (e.g., through advances in installation/commissioning/monitoring of lighting system or occupant interaction with lighting).

Integrated Controls for Plug Loads and Lighting Systems

Lighting control signals can often be used to control devices that are plugged into “smart” outlets. This category seeks to recognize novel integration of lighting and plug load control systems, with a focus on energy savings.

Integrated Controls for HVAC and Lighting Systems

Lighting controls can be integrated with HVAC systems to indicate when a space is vacant in order to modify air flow or temperature set points during periods when spaces are un-occupied. This category seeks to recognize innovative approaches to save energy by managing lighting and HVAC loads together when spaces are not in use.

Other Integrated Systems and Lighting

The Campaign is seeking to recognize other ways in which lighting is integrating with other building and business systems. Some examples of eligible entries in this category include lighting integration with:

  • Electric grid, photovoltaics, and/or energy storage batteries (e.g., for the purpose of demand reduction, flexible load management, grid services, resiliency, etc.)
  • Asset management systems (e.g., using real-time location)
  • People (e.g., employees, clients, etc. via indoor positioning/location services, etc.)
  • Enhanced daylight system (e.g., shade control)
  • Security systems (e.g., using occupancy sensor signal or gunshot detection)
  • Automated fault detection and diagnostics (e.g., to monitor component/device/system performance) to improve operation and maintenance in a building or outdoor lighting system
  • Other innovative approaches in lighting that do not fit within the above examples

Supporter Recognition

ILC Supporters (energy efficiency organizations, ESCOs, utilities, lighting designers, system integrators) are encouraged to submit an overview of their efforts to support and encourage the use of advanced lighting controls and technologies that facilitate integration of lighting with other building systems in buildings to improve efficiency and performance.  Supporter recognition may include one or more of the following:

  • Innovative utility programs designed to support adoption of advanced/integrated lighting systems
  • ILC partner recruiting through newsletters, webinars, blogs, or other mechanism that support the ILC and its goals
  • Referrals and number of ILC Participant joins due to the Supporter’s efforts
  • Technical assistance provided for the development of recognition submissions on behalf of ILC Participants
  • Other examples of how ILC Supporters are engaging sites in support of advanced use of controls and lighting integrated with other building systems for improved energy and building performance