Fluorescent lamps currently constitute 80 percent of lamps installed in the U.S. commercial sector, according to the Department of Energy's latest Lighting Market Characterization report. LED lighting products are receiving a great deal of attention for their potential to replace fluorescent lighting, reduce energy use and improve lighting quality in a variety of indoor commercial applications, including offices, classrooms and retail stores.
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UC Davis was honored with this year's Powering Prosperity award, which is sponsored by PG&E. The award recognizes UC Davis's contributions to the economic vitality of the Sacramento region and the university's leadership role fostering the research and development of strategies and policies, as well as products and services, that improve sustainability and energy efficiency.
American Honda Motor Co., Inc. hosted an open house event to showcase the Honda Smart Home US on Tuesday, March 25 at UC Davis West Village. UC Davis, CLTC and the WCEC collaborated with Honda to design and build the model zero net energy (ZNE) home. It uses a photovoltaic (PV) system and ultra-efficient lighting and HVAC technologies to produce more power than household operations consume.
The California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) held its 10th Annual Luminaire Design Competition on March 13, 2014. Each year since CLTC’s founding, Professor Michael Siminovitch has provided the UC Davis undergraduate students in his Designing with Light class (DES136B) with a design challenge that spans the full 10 weeks of the course. Lighting courses at UC Davis are taught through the Department of Design, under the College of Letters and Science’s Division of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies.
With support from SolarCity, Woodland Joint Unified School District (WJUSD) has implemented solar structures at 10 different sites throughout the district. CLTC supported the district's selection of energy-efficient adaptive lighting for the solar-paneled carports at four of the sites.
Working in partnership with California's energy stakeholders, CLTC has created a third-party LED lamp testing program and a database for test results. The LED Performance Database is designed to help utilities and other organizations understand how the LED lamp market is evolving and identify which lamps meet the Voluntary California Quality LED Lamp Specification.
CLTC, UC Davis, is collaborating with other stakeholders to launch the statewide Lighting Retrofit Information, Training and Education program (Light-RITE California). The program will provide public building facility managers with the knowledge and tools they need to get the best possible results from lighting upgrades. The program focuses on the top 10 lighting retrofit strategies that have been proven to reliably capture the most savings. It will include instruction on conducting lighting audits, completing measurement and verification, and minimizing maintenance costs.
At its December 11, 2013 Business Meeting, the California Energy Commission revised the effective date for the state's new Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Part 1, Chapter 10 and Part 6), and affected provisions in Part 11 (i.e., the Cal. Green Building Standards Code) from January 1, 2014 to July 1, 2014. Changes to other sections of the code, such as plumbing, electrical, fire, and other standards, are unaffected by this decision.