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LIGHTING TECHNOLOGY TIME FOR SAVINGS Lighting retrofit technology can reduce a building’s costs and energy use. BY KURT VOGEL N ow is the perfect time for construction executives to take advantage of the energy-saving solutions provided by lighting retrofit installations. Recently, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) mandated lighting manufacturers to phase out production of most T12 lamps by July 2012 to help increase the energy efficiency of linear fluorescent lighting. However, according to the DOE’s 2010 U.S. Lighting Market Characterization report released in January 2012, of the 2.4 billion linear fluorescent lamps that are installed across the country, nearly 1 billion of these are still T12s. As of July, these old lamps will no longer have available replacements. Accordingly, facilities should upgrade lighting sooner than later, before maintaining an outdated system becomes even more difficult and delays work flow. Furthermore, almost a quarter (24.8 percent) of a commercial building’s primary energy use consists of lighting, and antiquated systems produce more heat and increase HVAC costs. They also make it difficult for companies to meet increasing energy demands. According to a new report from Pike Research, energy efficiency retrofits represent a rapidly growing market that will benefit the environment, building owners, tenants and communities alike, and this glob- al market will expand from $80.3 billion in 2011 to $151.8 billion by 2020. There are many untapped savings that businesses could realize through lighting retrofits. Taking into account the oldest and most outof-date systems, conversions from T12 to T8 lamps in the commercial sector alone are expected to save businesses nearly $5 billion in annual electricity costs. Now, many utility companies across the United States are providing substantial rebates to facilities that install energy-efficient lighting retrofits. Initially, a complete lighting redesign may seem like the best solution to replace T12 lighting installments – primarily parabolic or lensed troffers with T12 or older T8 lamps. End-users achieve the aesthetic and efficiency benefits of a newly constructed system with modern accouterments, while contractors benefit by winning a larger job. However, replac- 12 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2012 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - September/October 2012
Construction Law
Green Construction
Best Practices
Lighting Technology
HDC Development Cos.
NorthPoint Development
Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank – Moffett Towers
Demar Plumbing Corp.
Howard S. Wright – Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center
Rommel Cos.
NOW Specialties Inc.
NOW Specialties Inc.
Sioux Chief Manufacturing Co.
Victor International
Starwood Land Ventures
LaValley Building Supply
Congress Construction
McCormack Baron Salazar Inc.
Related California – The Village at Santa Monica
Ricco Construction
Taisei Construction Corp.
WPM Construction
WPM Construction – WR Sage West Apartments
Flagger Force
Miami International Airport – North Terminal improvements
Graham Construction and Engineering – Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade
Hydrema US Inc.
CARCON Industries
Dennis’ 7 Dees
G.W. Peoples Contracting Co. Inc.
International Airport Development Co. Ltd. – Argyle International Airport
TL Wallace Construction Inc.
TL Wallace Construction Inc.
Morrison Hershfield – Newfoundland
APEX Block Corp.
Teqton Inc. U.S.
Dakota Transload
Empyrean Services
West Side Tractor Sales Co.
U.S. General Services Administration/VCC – FBI field building
Kohler Ronan LLC
Turner Construction – Martin Army Community Hospital
Last Look

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