Featured Project of the Year: Daintree Networks/Universal Music Group Energy Efficiency Retrofit

December 2, 2015 By Jennifer Hermes

EMT-Awards-TopProject15This article is sponsored by Daintree Networks.

“The project is an excellent example of a wireless monitoring and management system which enables rule setting and control of all lighting and plug loads. The open protocol solution provides a number of benefits to clients and sets this solution apart from many competitors.”

–Energy Manager Today Awards judge

Universal Music Group (UMG), the largest music company in the world, was moving to a new building in Southern California. Since they plan to occupy the building for at least 10 years, UMG wanted to significantly reduce energy use across 150,000 square feet of space over four floors at the new offices to meet California’s Title 24 requirements. As of July 1, 2014, Title 24 calls for a 25-percent reduction in energy consumption in both commercial and residential buildings compared with previous state requirements. UMG retrofitted their new facility with LED lighting, and installed wireless controls for thermostats, the LED lighting and electrical plugs. This project included installing technology for daylight harvesting, dimming, LED lighting fixtures, and occupancy sensors.

daintree universal music group image reducedAfter considering various proprietary solutions, UMG chose Daintree Networks’ wireless, networked smart technology as its solution to achieve compliance and gain flexibility to meet its future needs, in large part due to Daintree Networks’ use of open standards. The project won an Energy Manager Today Project of the Year Award and is profiled, along with other Project of the Year and Product of the Year Award winners, in a special report.

UMG chose a completely wireless solution and the project included installing technology for daylight harvesting, dimming, LED lighting fixtures, and occupancy sensors. Daintree Networks’ ControlScope software, intelligent wireless devices and data analytics are being used to significantly reduce energy use across 150,000 square feet of space over four floors at UMG’s offices in Woodland Hills, Calif.

UMG reported easy installation and commissioning of the devices, as well as ease of operation of the software to manage the lighting and plug loads. The whole project was completed on time and its employees were able to move into their new offices as planned.

Now, the facility manager has the ability to make changes using Daintree Networks ControlScope software from a user-friendly graphical user interface. The electronic games in the game room have been installed with plug load controls and can be automatically powered down based on schedules. The exterior signage is controlled by the system with automatic on/off functionality based on daylight and schedule. While UMG’s lighting energy savings was significant, initially around 42 percent, through the use of big data analytics, they are continuing to adjust and enjoy increased energy savings.

The project delivered over 92,100 KWh in energy savings and allowed UMG to comply with California’s Title 24 requirements.

One judge pointed out an additional benefit of the project: “It goes beyond simple compliance by using intelligent lighting controls to create a better work environment for UMG employees.”

For more information, or to explore other Project of the Year and Product of the Year Award winners, download the report here.

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