Renewable Energy

Smart Buildings, Smart Grid
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Smart Buildings, Smart Grid

Energy-efficient lighting is an indispensable feature of the office of the future. More

Rubik Code, Part Two
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Rubik Code, Part Two

In the first part of this article, which appeared in the July/August 2010 issue,... More

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Green Lighting Icon

Lighting designer Nancy Clanton is justifiably proud of her firm's involvement with the Empire State Building's ambitious green makeover. More

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Green Pressure
Programs Educate Students, Lighting Community How to “Go Green”
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Toward a Sustainable Lighting Profession

Light is energy. That makes light a strategic environmental resource. While lighting professionals see themselves as primarily visual environment advisers, they are increasingly acting as energy investment advisers who help architects and owners understand the energy, environmental, and cost implications of their lighting decisions. The expectation for lighting to just make buildings “look good” is giving way to a new expectation for lighting to make buildings work better. And the new definition of “good” buildings encompasses sustainability. More

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Seeing Green: Sustainability Goes Mainstream

Sustainable design has entered the mainstream. though environmental issues, such as energy efficiency and global warming, have been concerns for over 50 years, the past decade in particular has seen increased "green" initiatives garner the general public's attention. More

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The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association may form NYC Chapter

is exploring the possibility of forming a new NYC NESEA Chapter. The Center for Sustainable Energy at Bronx Community College will host a meeting to discuss the idea on Friday, October 15 at 2 pm. Please email More

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Into the Limelight: Manufacturers Go Green

Manufacturers respond to the impact of sustainability and energy regulations in the production and design of luminaires and lamps. More

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NYC Green Building Charter

in an effort to reduce new york city's energy consumption and the production of pollutants, the city council voted in September 2005 to amend the New York City charter in relation to green building standards for certain capital projects (those paid for in whole or in part by the City). New York now follows other municipalities such as Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Boulder, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, and Seattle in adopting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) criteria. New section 224.1 requires compliance with green building standards and reduction in building energy costs. It features a specific addition pertaining to lighting: As of January 1, 2007, any capital project involving the installation or replacement of lighting systems in any building at an estimated construction cost of $1 million or more shall be designed and constructed to reduce energy costs by a minimum of 10 percent, as determined by the methodology prescribed in LEED energy and atmosphere Credit 1 or the New York State energy conservation code, whichever is more stringent. More

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