Codes & Standards: Lighting

Lighting January 2, 2002

Berkeley Lab Directs Energy-Efficiency Initiative

With the hopes of making a dent in the nation's annual $100 billion energy bill for commercial buildings, scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are heading up a three-year public/private research initiative.

By Staff
Lighting January 1, 2002

Best of the Web – Editor’s Pix – 2002-01-01

Valuable Internet resources for engineers. The Biometric Consortiumhttp://www.biometrics.org/html/publications.htmlThis focal point for the research, development, testing, evaluation and application of biometric-based personal identification and verification technology offers a bibliography of articles on biometrics.

By Staff
Lighting January 1, 2002

New products & Literature – 2002-01-01

Building-system components from our January issue

By Staff
Lighting January 1, 2002

Don’t Roll the Dice on Casino Lighting

Modern day casinos are really multipurpose developments that must fulfill a variety of customer needs and desires. Casinos typically deliver the goods through multifaceted entertainment "experiences" that might include rides or shopping in addition to traditional shows, dining and gambling. In fact, recent studies show that shopping attractions draw more people into casino complexes than...

By Mark Raissen, Lighting Designer, Access Lighting, Irvine, Calif.
Lighting January 1, 2002

‘Cool’ Tower Dominates Heat Horizon

High Delta-T cooling, an innovative technology utilizing standard temperature air to cool electronic equipment, increases energy efficiency and reliability for data centers and other electronic-intensive facilities.

By R. Stephen Sinazzola, P.E., Vice President, and Zubin Menachery, P.E., Associate, RTKL Associates, Baltimore
Lighting December 1, 2001

Surge Protection Discount

State Farm of Florida Insurance, working with Florida Power (subsidiary of Progress Energy) are working together to offer homeowners in a lightning-prone area of the state a discount on installing whole-house, meter-based surge protection, including a grounding inspection, according to The Business Journal of Tampa Bay.

By Staff
Lighting December 1, 2001

Western Power Crisis Yields To Rental Units

Approximately 440 megawatts of power came to the American West this past summer—on wheels. Temporary sites in Arizona, Utah and Washington hosted 22 trailer-mounted gas-turbine generator sets. Each of the rental units can produce 22.8 megawatts—enough power for roughly 20,000 households and reportedly the largest single rental power unit available in the United States today.

By Staff
Lighting December 1, 2001

Distributed Generation Updates

A year-long, in-depth study by the Washington, D.C.-based Consumer Energy Council of America (CECA) has found that "distributed energy resources, when properly integrated into an improved national electric power system, can foster lower prices, greater reliability and a new platform for integrated consumer services.

By Staff
Lighting December 1, 2001

Executive Order On Standby Power

President Bush has issued an Executive Order requiring federal agencies to purchase products "that contain an internal standby power function" and must, if possible, buy products that use 1 watt or less of power "in their standby power consuming mode." Where such products are not available, federal buyers must seek out the lowest standby power wattage in products on the market.

By Staff
Lighting December 1, 2001

Not Your Father’s Switchgear

Medium-voltage metal-clad switchgear have long been an essential component of safe, reliable electric-power distribution systems for industrial facilities. Now, innovative technologies are opening up a new world of possibilities in switchgear design. Switchgear, of course, is an assembly of switching and interrupting devices—in combination with control, metering and protective equipment...

By Rick Downer, Senior Design Specialist, Lockwood Greene Engineers, Atlanta