The role of lighting in energy efficient buildings

August 15, 2012

There are many specific technologies that play a significant role in the total energy efficiency of a building, but there are some that are easier to adapt than others, and companies are beginning to focus on these products as a first step in greening their structures.

Companies are being convinced to start with smaller projects in order to green their buildings, as this step can lead to cost savings but will not significantly impact their list of expenditures. This is why building owners and business executives are choosing to work their way into massive retrofit projects.

Instead of starting big, they are testing the waters with smaller changes, such as the switch to LED lighting instead of the more traditional systems that often waste energy and provide an unhealthy exposure to light, according to Green Building.

These technologies are often implemented as part of a system that relies upon the use of automation and information technology to limit the overall amount of energy that is used by a building. LED lighting, when used as part of one of these setups, will help to reduce the impact of this component of the operational structure for properties.

According to the news outlet, the retrofitting and renovation of a building may start with LED lights, as they are relatively cheap to install and provide instant benefits.

One Department of Energy-sponsored effort, the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub (EEB Hub), is trying to promote the use of retrofits and renovation projects to help limit the energy use that is associated with commercial real estate.

The EEB Hub is composed of the brightest minds of four sectors, the government, academia, private industry and energy development companies, and is working to help transform the commercial real estate market in the U.S.

This is beneficial for the whole country, and it may help the U.S. to fare better on the scorecard given out by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, according to MongaBay Environmental News.

The organization ranked developed economies on the degree to which they had implemented energy efficiency measures, and the U.S. scored near the bottom of this list. Efforts like the EEB Hub are hoping to improve America's standing compared to the rest of the world when it comes to adopting practices that help to serve the environment.