October 30, 2014 - Earlier this year at Lightfair International, Lutron Electronics showed the Grafik T, the first architecturally designed dimmer with C•L dimming technology, it says. Promising to be easy and intuitive to use, the dimmer does not require the use of knobs, buttons, or sliders to set the lighting level—the user just needs to touch the LED light bar. Grafik T comes in several options, from standalone dimmers to system-based devices for residential and commercial lighting control systems.
October 29, 2014 - Acuity Brands has introduced six additional designs to its line of indoor LED flush mount luminaires from Lithonia Lighting. The Energy Star qualified luminaires boast up to 84% energy savings over traditional incandescent sources, and are commercial-rated for 24-hour operation. According to the company, the luminaires do not require lamps, thus simplifying installation and maintenance in residential and light commercial applications. Incorporating AC-driven LED boards and triac dimmers, the flush mounts offer instant-on technology and dimming down to 10%.
October 29, 2014 - The LNH2 luminaire from American Electric Lighting promises to provide a cost-effective solution to convert existing high-intensity discharge (HID) security lighting systems to LED. Boasting a 60% energy reduction, the luminaire is available in 1800, 2500, 3300, 4200 and 5800 lumens and a choice of Roadway Type III or Type V distribution. Users can choose from several optics, including open bottom acrylic, no acrylic refractor, or no acrylic refractor-zero uplight.
October 28, 2014 - Cree says its ZR high efficacy (HE) LED series is setting efficiency standards as the industry’s first commercially available 150 lumens per watt (LPW) commercial specification grade troffer.
October 22, 2014 - Ford Motor Company said it is investing in the future by installing LED lighting at manufacturing facilities across the globe, which will “save energy and money while improving safety and lighting quality”.
October 22, 2014 - The North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) has announced the survey results of its Canadian and U.S. members’ use of pre- and post-consumer recycled materials in insulation and acoustical products in 2013.
October 22, 2014 - Hydro Ottawa and United Way Ottawa have announced funding for 10 agencies—serving people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness—to make needed capital improvements to cut their energy use. The goal is to reduce an agency’s operating costs so that more dollars can be directed into programs for people in need, said the utility.
October 15, 2014 - With an opening speed of 60 in. per second, the Rytec Spiral high-speed door claims to minimize energy loss through the doorway, while maximizing traffic flow. According to the company, its high-speed operation controls the air exchange so less energy is required to maintain building temperature. A rubber membrane on the connecting hinges of the door’s aluminum slats promises to contain heating & cooling energy and preventing air infiltration.
October 15, 2014 - The Thermal Bridging Guide intends to help British Columbia’s building industry address the impact of thermal bridging to reduce energy use. Co-funded by BC Hydro Power Smart, the Canadian Wood Council, Fortis BC, FPInnovations and the Homeowner Protection Office, it provides information relevant to B.C.’s climate, building industry and regulatory environment for builders, designers, energy modellers and those involved in setting energy standards and policy. The guide also provides a catalogue of thermal performance of various envelope assemblies and interface details, while evaluating cost effectiveness of improving the building envelope through different methods, building types and climates.
October 15, 2014 - Berner International has introduced a Venturi-style heater design that boasts the industry’s most aerodynamic, electric heated air curtain with up to 40% improved air performance efficiency as compared to other electric heating methods. It draws air through the heating elements and into the blower inlet before it enters the discharge airstream, so the airstream discharge velocity remains unobstructed in a near 100% efficient heat transfer, says the company. Available in VS series and in-ceiling mount series air curtains, it comes in a range of 8kW to 70kW and voltages of 208V, 240V, 480V and 575V.
October 15, 2014 - Royal Philips says it has flattened the downlight with the introduction of the SlimSurface LED family of downlights. With a 5/8-in. surface mount design that claims to be nearly flush with the ceiling, SlimSurface is designed for quick and easy installation to most standard junction boxes. It uses Edgelit technology, which puts LEDs at the edge of the fixture and uses a specially designed lens which promises uniform light distribution, similar to the Philips SlimStyle bulb. The series boasts reduced installation costs, Energy Star certification, up to 85% less energy usage than traditional downlights, and dimming down to 10%.
October 2, 2014 - ABB announced at the United Nations (UN) Climate Summit in New York last week that it is joining the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative (SE4ALL), saying it will provide expertise on energy efficient motors and transformers to help governments devise policies that accelerate energy savings.
(UPDATED October 14, 2014, with VIDEO) September 29, 2014 - Bone Structure, a Quebec-based company, says its debut home in Toronto’s Don Mills area, Ont., is the “ultimate energy saver”.
September 24, 2014 - Acuity Brands has introduced the Winona Forms LED architectural solutions from Winona Lighting, boasting a high-performance Form Analogous (FA) Optical System with energy-efficient design options. According to Winona, the system is design-specific by form and source and distributes candela where it is most beneficial, achieving visual uniformity and eliminating component shadowing, pixilation and hot spots. The luminaires also claim to reduce energy consumption 30-60% less than comparable fluorescent fixtures. An additional 10-20% energy savings can be achieved through occupancy sensing and constant lumen management through the use of Acuity Controls’ nLight intelligence, adds the company.
September 24, 2014 - Schneider Electric has expanded its Uniflair LE cooling unit portfolio with the HDCV 4500 and 5000 models, which it says addresses the needs of data centres where higher cooling capacities and optimized efficiency are required. Intended for large data centres—primarily cloud and colocation facilities—the new Uniflair LE models utilize a newly designed coil system and under-floor fan module promising 20% higher cooling capacity, while drawing less power. Now available with a 575V input power option for Canadian users, additional features include a 7-in. touchsceen display; integrated serial card for integration to BMS using Modbus protocol; and five air discharge configurations.
September 24, 2014 - Siemens Building Technologies has added the KNX-capable RDF800KN model to its range of communications-enabled room thermostats, which it says offers numerous energy-efficiency functions. Boasting an intuitive operating concept, the touch functionality promises to make the device easy and convenient to use so that it is particularly suitable for applications in hotels and residential buildings. The unit supports a range of applications for fan coils, heating/cooling systems and heat pumps, while the room temperature is controlled either with the integrated temperature sensor or an external room or return air sensor. According to Siemens, the RDF800KN automatically selects the most energy-efficient settings, which could include demand-based air handling, individual room control, setpoint limits, timer programs and presence/absence detection.
September 19, 2014 - Johnson Controls has undergone a “significant reorganization” of its Building Efficiency business to better align the division with the company’s longterm strategies and to position it for profitable global growth, it said, adding that the restructure will enhance its focus on customers through increased attention and investment in its North American branches.
September 10, 2014 - The Litetronics LED Omni A19 lamp claims to provide a seamless replacement for any incandescent 40W or 60W bulb, while meeting stringent V2.0 Energy Star requirements for omni-directional beam angles. Available in 7W and 12W versions, both models promise to save up to 80% energy consumption. The Omni A19 lamp closely resembles a conventional A19 lamp in appearance and size, minus bulky heat-sinks or unattractive fins typical of most LED bulbs, says Litetronics.
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