The UC Davis Smart Lighting Initiative was established in 2010 to improve the quality and efficiency of both indoor and outdoor lighting on campus. The initiative's primary goal is to reduce UC Davis's electricity use for lighting by 60 percent, based on 2007 levels of energy use. The effort was inspired by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and its call to reduce statewide electricity consumption for lighting by 60 percent or more by 2020.
LD+A – The University of California, Davis, unveiled one of the most advanced outdoor lighting systems in the country this past June. Dubbed the Adaptive Campus Control System, it integrates over 1,600 individually addressed, dimmable LED luminaires with various applications – streetlights, wall packs, area lights, and post tops – into an advanced, wireless lighting controls network.
High Performing Buildings – The drive for building efficiency is creating innovative technologies that are finding their way into marketplace. This new feature in HPB magazine showcases the applications and capabilities of technologies in real projects, and also recognizes the providers of some of the innovative products.
UCTV – Presentations from winners of the Energy Efficiency Partnership Best Practice awards competition for projects that demonstrate successful Lighting Design/Retrofit and Monitoring Based Commissioning (MBCx) projects. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, UC Davis, and San Diego CC present on projects that implemented emerging technology solutions to lighting applications in areas such as stairwells, parking lots, classrooms, and gymnasiums. CSU San Bernardino and UC Berkeley present MBCx projects that were implemented on their campuses.
UC Davis received a best-practice award for lighting at this year's California Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC), June 24 at UC Santa Barbara. The award recognizes UC Davis' innovative adaptive control system for exterior lighting.
Representatives from CLTC, WCEC and the State Partnership for Energy Efficient Demonstrations (SPEED) program were at booth #203 for the conference, sharing information on lighting and HVAC technologies, Title 24 changes, and project funding opportunities available to California colleges and universities.
Exterior lighting for streets, roadways, parking lots, and other outside sites represents nearly 10% of the electricity consumed on military bases. Lighting in these areas typically consists of high pressure sodium or sometimes metal halide lamps that are normally controlled by photo-sensors located centrally or sometimes on each fixture. This limited functionality includes turning the lights on in the evening and off in the morning regardless of occupancy levels, thereby consuming more electricity than necessary.
UC Davis – UC Davis' "smart" outdoor lighting network incorporates state-of-the-art technologies developed through CLTC.
Sierra magazine visits CLTC on its tour of the many energy-saving, waste-reducing, forward-thinking factors that make UC Davis America's "Coolest School."
Christie Communications – UC Davis has been a leader in the movement toward energy sustainability for the past few years, and on June 22, 2009 they will be awarded the Energy Efficiency Partnership Program, 2009 Best Practice Award for their parking garage lighting design retrofit. The Facilities Management program at UC Davis will be presented the award at the UC/CSU/CCC Sustainability Conference at UC Santa Barbara.