How Commercial Buildings Benefit from the International Energy Conservation Code

According to GE Current:

Workplace lighting alone accounts for 10 percent of the energy our nation consumes. With nearly 157,000,000 employees clocking into the U.S. workforce, that’s a lot of energy.

Lighting in commercial buildings could guzzle an infinite amount of energy, but the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) throttles the drain. The IECC strives to:

  • Set minimum requirements for energy-efficient buildings
  • Improve overall energy use in the long run
  • Introduce guidelines for more cost-effective and comfortable buildings that last

In lieu of a legislated national building code, architects, contractors and electrical engineers turn to the IECC for the standards that guide energy efficiency in new and renovated buildings. Commercial lighting is more than just set dressing—it can have a profound impact on employee satisfaction and productivity. In fact, a recent study revealed that 68 percent of employees report dissatisfaction with the fixtures illuminating their workspace, and the sentiment leads to a significant drop in efficiency and well-being.

Read the full article and learn more about how the right lighting partner makes IECC compliance easy at https://www.gecurrent.com/ideas/how-commercial-buildings-benefit-from-energy-conservation.

Continuous Disinfecting: The Future of Fighting Hospital Acquired Infections

Kevin Benner, a Lead Design Engineer in the New Technology Introduction group at Current, Powered by GE recently wrote:

“Improved environmental disinfection has the potential to reduce the number of contracted HAIs, and a UVA disinfection lighting system may be an effective supplement to existing cleaning methods. The financial benefits of improved HAI prevention may range from $6 billion to as high as $31.5 billion annually in the U.S., if between 20 and 70 percent of HAIs are assumed to be preventable.

There may be additional needs to reduce environmental pathogens to prevent community acquired diseases. Some examples might be the need to reduce MRSA in locker rooms or in other public spaces, as community-acquired MRSA becomes a growing threat to consider alongside hospital-acquired diseases.

There exist also potential applications in spaces outside of the healthcare or community settings. The CDC estimates that there are 48 million foodborne illnesses every year, resulting in 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths. Since typical cleaning procedures used in the food industry may not remove all bacteria from cleaned surfaces, UVA disinfection may be a useful supplement in the food and beverage industry as well.”

Read the full article at https://www.fierceelectronics.com/components/continuous-sterilizing-future-fighting-hospital-acquired-infections.

Indigo-Clean is integrated into Pinnacle Architectural Lighting Luminaires

What is Indigo-Clean?

Indigo-Clean is integrated into Pinnacle Architectural Lighting luminaires to provide safe, environmental disinfection that is proven by independent laboratory testing to kill harmful bacteria including Staph, such as MRSA. Continuous, 24/7 use is recommended for optimal disinfection.

What is the disinfection claim?

Pinnacle Architectural Lighting luminaires using Indigo-Clean are independent laboratory tested and proven to kill harmful bacteria including Staph, such as MRSA.

How do I know it is working?

For these Pinnacle Architectural Lighting luminaires, if the light is on, the Indigo-Clean technology is working.

When should I use Pinnacle Architectual Lighting’s Indigo-Clean luminaires?

Pinnacle Architectural Lighting luminaires using Indigo-Clean provide continuous disinfection when the luminaires are on. For optimal room disinfection, 24×7 use is recommended.

How do Pinnacle Architectural Lighting luminaires using Indigo-Clean work?

In combination with white LEDs, Pinnacle Architectural Lighting’s Indigo-Clean fixtures use 405nm Indigo light to kill harmful bacteria, including Staph, such as MRSA.

What is the warranty on Pinnacle Architectural Lighting luminaires using Indigo-Clean?

Pinnacle Architectural Lighting luminaires using Indigo-Clean are covered under Pinnacle’s 5 year warranty against defects in material and workmanship.

Is there a price premium associated with Pinnacle Architectural Lighting luminaires using Indigo-Clean?

The luminaires are priced to fit within your lighting budget, while providing an additive value of disinfecting your environment to bolster your current cleaning protocols.

Beauty Matters by David Trubridge

Filmed at AIA in San Francisco in2019, David Trubridge delivers his much-acclaimed BEAUTY MATTERS talk. David draws on personal experience and research to provides insights on how beauty must be a central component of good design today. David has presented this talk to many audiences across the globe – now it’s your opportunity to experience the world and musings of David Trubridge.

For more information or to register, visit https://wakanine.com/beauty-matters-ceu/.

LED Solutions for Food, Farming, and Missions to Mars

Hans Spalholz, plant scientist at GE Current, a Daintree company, has spent his career understanding the impact of different light spectrums on plant morphology and is now helping Current develop and refine its specialist range of horticulture LED solutions to help indoor farmers achieve high-quality, commercially viable yields. He notes, “Even though greenhouses have been around for years, we’ve barely scratched the surface of their potential. Now we also have entrepreneurial growers exploring completely enclosed, shielded farms with no natural light so LED lighting recipes are even more crucial to the success or failure of these crops.”

By growing indoors, in either a greenhouse or controlled environment (CEA) facility, farmers can control the exact length of the growing day—extending it through the night with light from specially-tuned LED solutions. To allow growers enough flexibility to customize their crops, Current has adapted its product range to offer broader recipes that suit a grower’s desire to induce plant compactness or stretching.

Read the full article at https://www.gecurrent.com/ideas/2050-and-beyond-food-farming-and-missions-to-mars.

Architects Use Albeo LEDs to Transform a Historic Freight Depot Into an Event Center

Leadville, Colorado, is home to Nan and Dave Anderson, two of the country’s top Historical Preservation architects. Thanks to their hard work, Leadville is also home to FREIGHT, a multipurpose community and events center that breathes new life into an 1880s train depot.

Watch the video to hear how the renovation process went for the Andersons and what they think of the Albeo high bay lighting that Fisher Lighting and Controls chose for FREIGHT’s unique event space.

Read the full story of FREIGHT’s transformation at https://www.gecurrent.com/ideas/Current-Albeo-Bring-Historic-Railroad-Depot-New-Life.

Inter-lux: Integration, Integration, Integration: The three most important aspects of lighting and how to master them

Inter-lux ‘s AIA CES-approved course, “Integration, Integration, Integration: The three most important aspects of lighting, and how to master them” will broaden your understanding on the fundamentals of lighting integration.

Learning objectives of this course:

  1. An understanding of available options when considering lighting within a space.
  2. To develop through a structured approach, a strategy for delivering light.
  3. To develop a working knowledge of integrated lighting details to support the strategy implementation.
  4. A review of relevant real world examples.

To sign up, visit https://www.inter-lux.com/on-demand/.

Kenall: Best Practices in Security/Detention Lighting

Course Number: KOD_BPSDL_19
Credit Earned: 1.0 LU/HSW

This course outlines the process for designing lighting for prisons using best practices, and describes the many functional areas within the prison compound and how they should be illuminated based on security level. Lighting equipment is also described including the important features commonly found on prison lighting equipment.

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