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COST SAVINGS WITH LED LIGHTING

COST SAVINGS WITH LED LIGHTING
DID YOU KNOW?

LED lighting is up to 80% more efficient than traditional lighting such as fluorescent and incandescent lights?  95% of the energy in LEDs is converted into light and only 5% is wasted as heat.  Compared that to fluorescent lights which convert 95% of energy to heat and only 5% into light! LED lights also draw much less power than traditional lighting; a typical 84-watt fluorescent can be replaced by a 36-watt LED to give the same level of light.  Less energy use reduces the demand from power plants and decreases greenhouse gas emissions.  See photo on the right for a side by side comparison.
CODES & CITY REQUIREMENTS
It is important to know the exterior lighting codes and requirements in your city.  Cities that realize the importance of this simple step to energy savings are being proactive by outlining specifics on what can be used.  Color and output/brightness are two of the biggest factors.
City of Bloomington Requirements:  https://www.bloomingtonmn.gov/sites/default/files/52u_exterior_light.pdf
CONSIDER ALL THE FACTORS
Do we need to replace the entire fixture or just the “bulb”?  There are many companies out there that will provide you with a free lighting audit showing you the big savings of re-lamping fixtures and all.  Make sure you are considering ALL the factors:

Do we have the correct existing fixtures/watts?
Are the usage hours correct/close to your actual facilities hours?
Can you retrofit your current fixtures?

Plug and Play Ballasted LED – swaps out existing linear fluorescent T8 or T5 LED tubes.
Direct Wire LED Tubes– no ballast maintenance needed.
Plug and Play Ballast Bypass – Upgrade by simply changing out the lamp.  No electrician cost for the rewiring of the fixture.  No voltage issues at the socket, and reduced overall maintenance.

There’s a lot to consider before changing out lighting.  Make sure you spend the time finding the right fit for your facility.  Some cities may require consumers to re-lamp outdoor fixtures to LED over the next few years.  To the contrary, it may be surprising to hear that some cities, Excelsior, for example, prohibits them.  With the reduction in energy it seems irresponsible not to consider moving to LED.
 
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LEED CERTIFICATION

LEED Certification

REAL ESTATE TIP OF THE WEEK: LEED CERTIFICATION
In order for a building to earn LEED Certification, it must meet certain criteria and goals within the following categories:

Location and Transportation: How close is the project to mass transit?
Materials and Resources: Will the project use locally sourced, sustainable products?
Water Efficiency: To what extent will the project reduce potable water usage?
Energy and Atmosphere: How will the project improve energy performance and indoor air quality?
Sustainable Site: To what extent will the project utilize nearby natural resources and ecosystems that can naturally take part of the design, minimizing environmental pollution?
Regional Priority Credits: This addresses particular concerns based on project location
Innovation: Any idea that is not covered under the main LEED areas

Each of these respective categories contains a series of opportunities to earn credits.  The project earns points when it uses and integrates these opportunities.  The more points the project earns, the more sustainable is the building.  Depending on the number of points gained, the project can then earn certification as a certified building or as a silver, gold or platinum building.
Benefits of a LEED Certified building are many:

Reduced use of energy and water
Reduced operation and maintenance costs
Increased indoor air quality
Reduced construction waste during the construction process
Usage of recycled materials
Increased employee performance, satisfaction and retention

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