Snapshot of voluntary efficiency programs aimed at reducing energy consumption in commercial lighting systems.
Efficiency Member Incentive Program Summaries - Networked Lighting Controls. This table provides an overview of the incentives offered by DLC® utility members for DLC-qualified networked lighting control systems. The summaries are intended to help program managers compare offerings and to inform manufacturers of incentives across DLC member territories.
Database of State Incentives for Renewable & Efficiency (DSIRE). DSIRE is the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at NC State University and is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Webinars | Training
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This course, available through Lighting Controls Association, an ILC Organizing and Supporting partner, is offered via its Education Express program. Learn more about the Education Express program by filtering “Webinars | Training” on the right panel.
This class examines examples of integrating lighting controls with other building controls, primarily HVAC. Rather than presenting a set of established best practices, it reviews a few notable case studies of commercial and institutional buildings where integration has been both successful and challenging. Presenters describe the design process, how key decision points were identified, and how issues were resolved. They also cover Owners Project Requirements, Basis of Design, and Sequence of Operations, and report on commissioning and post occupancy evaluations.
Report | Fact Sheet
This fact sheet covers the potential for deeper energy savings and occupant comfort through the integration of lighting controls and automated shading. Research conducted by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found an annual energy savings up to 30% in controlled zones compared to a baseline lighting system. Furthermore, occupant comfort (i.e., non-energy benefit) potential was identified, as the system maintained an acceptable level of Daylight Glare Probability at almost all times and maintained illuminance at the workplane at all times.
This report from the DesignLights Consortium, an ILC Organizing partner, aggregates data from nearly 200 NLC system installations and provides in-depth energy saving estimates and analysis for these installations.
Understanding the needs of the industry and the customer to support the adoption of IoT technologies that can increase the uptake of energy saving products (e.g., LED lighting, sensors and controls) through energy savings opportunities (e.g., plug loads and HVAC) or valued non-energy benefits.
NextEnergy led an effort to train contractors, evaluate the experience of ALC/NLC demonstration projects, identify opportunities to reduce market barriers, and accelerate the increased adoption of ALC/NLC technologies within small and medium commercial buildings (SMCB). The LiTES Program defined SMCB as commercial buildings under 100,000 square feet. The LiTES Program efforts also included evaluating current ALC/NLC utility incentives, piloting ALC/NLC incentives specific to SMCB, and identifying opportunities to better align utility incentives with current ALC/NLC technology to support accelerating the adoption of ALC/NLC in SMCB.
The LiTES Program sought to reduce energy use in small and medium commercial buildings (SMCB) by accelerating the adoption of ALC/NLC through contractor training and technology deployment. Leveraging recommendations already outlined by the DesignLights Consortium Commercial Advanced Lighting Controls (DLC CALC) project, NextEnergy, in coordination with partners, led an effort to train contractors and evaluate the experience of ALC/NLC system demonstration projects in small and medium commercial buildings.
Fact sheet of three-month study of NREL's Research Support Facility (RSF) that demonstrated that a device inventory and a limited device-level metering effort can produce a disaggregated plug load breakdown, uncovering energy savings opportunities. This study is limited to the RSF, however, and should be validated in other buildings to see if the method is generally effective.
Fact sheet that addresses the implementation of connected building technology being evaluated by Nantum by Prescriptive Data, that has been developed by a real-estate company to manage its portfolio. Nantum is cloud based, powered by machine learning, and predictively ramps the building HVAC systems up and down to optimize efficiency based on occupancy patterns, weather conditions, and real-time electricity consumption. The system also provides energy efficiency recommendations to building operators in real-time.
Fact sheet that addresses when occupants interact with buildings and the data generated. The technology under consideration tests the promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) by using relatively inexpensive and easy-to-install wireless, lighting-fixture-based sensors that detect and record changes in occupancy, temperature, visible light, infrared radiation, and LED power consumption.
GSA's GPG program commissioned LBNL to assess wreless ALC at two federal sites in Northern California. Results showed 54% normalized energy savings for GSA when fluorescent lamps with dimmable ballasts were retrofitted with wireless ALC, and 78% when the wireless ALC retrofit was coupled with LED fixtures. Wireless ALC integrated with LED fixtures is recommended for new construction and renovations, with simple payback between 3 and 6 years. It should also be considered for retrofits in facilities with minimal existing controls, high lighting energy usage, and high electricity costs.
GSA’s Green Proving Ground program recently assessed the potential of wireless sensor technology to provide a cost-effective and facilities-friendly way of helping data center operators visualize and implement system changes that reduce overall energy consumption. Findings include significant cost savings, as well as a substantial reduction in cooling load and CO2 emissions. Sensors utilizing a wireless mesh network and data management software to capture and graphically display real time conditions for energy optimization were installed in a demonstration project.
Willdan Energy Solutions has a $4M grant program – Bundle-Based Energy Efficiency Technology Solutions for California (BEETS for California). This project demonstrates three innovative bundles of pre-commercial technologies. The technology bundles for Chilled Water Plants, Office and Exterior Space LED fixtures, and Advanced laboratory ventilation were strategically developed through a systems-level approach to address the most energy-intensive areas in commercial buildings.
NextEnergy's Lighting Technology Energy Solutions (LiTES) Program, a three-year public-private partnership with the DOE, DTE, Consumers Energy, and IBEW.
The LiTES Program sought to reduce energy use in small and medium commercial buildings by accelerating the adoption of advanced/networked lighting controls (ALC/NLC) through contractor training and technology deployment. Leveraging recommendations already outlined by the Design Lights Consortium Commercial Advanced Lighting Controls (DLC CALC) project, NextEnergy led an effort to train contractors, evaluate the experience of ALC/NLC demonstration projects, identify opportunities to reduce market barriers, and accelerate the increased adoption of ALC/NLC technologies within SMCB, which represent 90% of the U.S. commercial building stock.
ENERGY STAR's Utility Genius Rebate Finder lets you search for rebates on efficient commercial building equipment within product categories where ENERGY STAR certification is not available, including commercial HVAC equipment, lighting, building automation, and electric commercial vehicles.
This presentation from Michael Myer, Lighting Researcher at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, covers energy savings potential for lighting systems integrated with HVAC and plug loads, reviewing findings from several field project case studies conducted on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy.
The Integrated Lighting Campaign (ILC) confers recognition each year to organizations that are helping drive the adoption of advanced lighting systems and the integration of lighting with other buildings and business systems. Supporters (e.g., utilities, designers, ESCOs, energy efficiency organizations, and manufacturers) help the campaign identify and recruit exemplary projects that may be eligible for recognition from DOE. Learn about the new recognition categories for Participants and opportunities available to Supporters, including recognition available as an Exemplary Supporter or DEI Champion and how your products and/or services may be featured in a future case study. For more please visit Better Buildings.
This presentation from Kenny Seeton, Central Plant Manager at California State University – Dominguez Hills, covers the opportunities and benefits of occupancy-based unified controls using Welch Hall as a case study. Kenny discusses the basis of controls design process, matching lighting and HVAC zones, and energy savings opportunities of integrating lighting with a building automation system.
This presentation from Kandice Cohen, Director of Lighting Strategy at Trane Technologies, covers the reasons integrating lighting systems is beneficial, using a “Baker’s Dozen” commercial kitchen as a case study. Kandice discusses the integration of the connected lighting control system with the building automation system and how it meets the customer’s needs.
This video excerpt, from a 2020 Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit workshop, has Ron Bernstein, Chief Executive Officer of RBCG Consulting, providing a system integrator’s perspectives on the benefits of integrating building systems, including lighting.
This video excerpt, from a 2020 Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit workshop, has Lauren Morlino, Emerging Technologies and Services Manager at Efficiency Vermont, providing utilities’ and energy efficiency organizations’ perspectives on the benefits of integrating building systems, including lighting.