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Noribachi Completes Lighting Retrofit for TSA

Linda Hardesty

Noribachi completed one of the largest LED retrofit projects of an existing building in the US for the 29-year-old Transportation Security Agency (TSA) headquarters. The TSA project was a three-year, four-phase project focused on its 550,000-sq-foot building and parking garage. The agency is on track to save $550,000 in 2014 electrical expenses, which exceeds forecasts,   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency Saves Ohio School District $500K

Karen Henry

The Medina City School District in Ohio has saved more than $500,000 so far this year—or 43 percent over last year—due to its energy conservation program, Cleveland.com reports. The school district took advantage of Ohio House Bill 264, which allows school districts to borrow a limited amount of money for energy efficiency improvements without having   …Continue Reading


DOE Wants 75% Increase in LED Lumens per Watt

Linda Hardesty

The US Energy Department is offering $10 million to support research, development and manufacturing of solid-state lighting (SSL) technologies, both LED and OLED. Today, available LED technology is about 150 lumens per watt; DOE’s target is 250 lumens per watt – a 75 percent increase. The funding opportunity is open to applications in the following   …Continue Reading


UAE Data Center Hires CommScope

Linda Hardesty

CommScope was chosen to partner with Ooredoo at its Qatar data center in the United Arab Emirates to implement intelligent LED lighting and infrastructure. The Redwood lighting software from CommScope enables Ooredoo to individually address, monitor and manage the lighting of the data center. Redwood fixtures and sensors are individually addressable. This design allows a   …Continue Reading


4 Guidelines When Designing for Net-Zero Energy

Linda Hardesty

When designing a net-zero energy building that produces all of its own renewable energy onsite, there are four points to consider, according to an article in Autodesk’s blog Line/Shape/Space. 1. Clearly express the end goal from the beginning and make sure all stakeholders are on-board with the energy-performance target. It should be included in all   …Continue Reading


Nobel Prize Winner Endorses Nanowire LED Technology

Linda Hardesty

Hiroshi Amano, who recently was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics, alongside Shuji Nakamura and Isamu Akasaki for their roles in inventing the blue light emitting diode (LED), has endorsed Aledia’s nanowire LED technology. Amano is a member of Aledia’s Scientific Advisory Board. Aledia is a developer of next-generation LEDs based on its WireLED nanowire   …Continue Reading


How to Achieve Optimum Light Levels

Karen Henry

Too much or not enough light in a building can cause occupants to suffer from headaches and eyestrain. Before investing in expensive retrofits, an article in Buildings recommends that building owners and facility managers measure their light levels to determine if the problem might be simpler, and less expensive, to solve. A light meter is a   …Continue Reading


Casino Bets on Rooftop Air Handlers, Centrifugal Chillers for Energy Savings

Karen Henry

Hollywood Casino in Toledo, Ohio, was built with energy savings in mind. To help the two-story 344,000-square-foot building achieve LEED certification, the building owner and design team brought in Daikin Applied to install rooftop air handlers and centrifugal chillers. An article in HPAC Engineering describes the construction project. Daikin installed 21 RoofPak variable-air-volume (VAV) air   …Continue Reading


DOE Recognizes Oregon Cities, Public Schools in Better Buildings Challenge

Karen Henry

The US Department of Energy recognized the cities of Beaverton and Hillsboro, Ore., as well as the Portland Public School District for reducing their energy use. As Better Buildings Challenge partners, they have committed to reduce the energy use in ten million square feet of building space by 20 percent over the next decade. The   …Continue Reading


Inventors of Blue LED Win Nobel Prize

Linda Hardesty

Shuji Nakamura (pictured), Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano have won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics for their invention of the blue LED. The Nobel committee said the innovation “has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources.” IHS Technology says the invention of blue LEDs was a game changer that led to the creation of   …Continue Reading


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