HOW ADDRESSABLE DIMMING CONTROLS EARN LEED POINTS
OSRAM SYLVANIA Encelium, a manufacturer specializing in advanced lighting control and energy management systems for commercial and industrial buildings, has published a free, downloadable white paper, “Obtaining LEED® Points with Addressable Dimming Controls,” geared to commercial building owners, managers, and engineers.
The paper explains the basics of LEED and addressable lighting controls and details how new construction and retrofit projects can score points toward LEED certification in up to seven LEED categories.
Implementation of a proper control system for lighting is pivotal for a building to earn LEED certification, as energy performance is the largest driver of the points needed to qualify. Also, more-accurate monitoring and control of energy-intensive systems like HVAC and lighting help keep energy costs in check.
Studies by Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s lighting team and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory show that advanced lighting controls, in conjunction with various energy management strategies, can typically yield a combined lighting energy savings of 40 to 80 percent in office buildings.