Policy Updates/News

ASHRAE Standard to Provide Unity in Rating Systems Open for Public Comment

August 9, 2016 – Several proposed changes to a standard that will address energy performance in rating programs are open for public comment. ASHRAE Standard 214P, Standard for Determining and Expressing Building Energy Performance in a Rating Program, will provide a standardized approach for determining and expressing building energy performance in a rating program and standardizes the content of a label associated with the energy component of a rating program. It also will establish minimum requirements for rating program documentation.… Read More

ASHRAE Standard to Provide Unity in Rating Systems Open for Public Comment

August 8, 2016 – Several proposed changes to a standard that will address energy performance in rating programs are open for public comment. ASHRAE Standard 214P, Standard for Determining and Expressing Building Energy Performance in a Rating Program, will provide a standardized approach for determining and expressing building energy performance in a rating program and standardizes the content of a label associated with the energy component of a rating program. It also will establish minimum requirements for rating program documentation.… Read More

Systems Efficiency Initiative

June 16, 2016 – In early 2015, an initiative was launched—the “Systems Efficiency Initiative”—the Secretariat of which is the Alliance to Save Energy. A coalition of 40 organizations (industry, public sector and advocates) are involved (including the IES and IALD) and have published the first of two reports describing the benefits, activities, and needed research in implementing, and eventually codifying, a systems approach to overall building energy efficiency. The next phase has just started and should be completed by early… Read More

North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2016

May 15, 2016 – A new energy bill, S.2012, the “Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016,” passed in the U.S. Senate on April 20 by a vote of 85-12. The House version passed last December. Conferencing will now begin to merge the two into a final bill for presentation to the president for signature. The bill addresses energy efficiency in buildings, appliances, manufacturing, and housing, along with electric grid architecture, energy storage, expediting of liquid natural gas exports, loosening permitting… Read More

EISA 2007

April 15, 2016 – The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA 2007) is the bill that originally mandated minimum efficacy levels for general service incandescent lamps, the result of which was the phase-out of the 40-W-100-W screw base incandescents.  They were replaced with the more-efficient halogen types. A little known clause in the bill allowed the U.S. DOE to raise the minimum efficacy level to 45 lumens per watt on January 1, 2020 if it was felt the… Read More

Resilience – The Next Step After Sustainability

March 15, 2016 – Buildings, in fact entire communities, are trying to become more resilient to disruptions from hazards such as severe weather (floods, hurricanes), earthquakes, as well as human-caused events such as accidents and terrorism. Communities entrusted with the protection of the health, safety and welfare of their citizens have a duty to develop a comprehensive understanding of their assets and how they can reduce the risk and impact of disruptions. In order to successfully mitigate these risks, both… Read More

What Driverless Vehicles Might Mean

February 14, 2016 – The seemingly overnight transition from traditional lighting to solid-state lighting has greatly expanded the lighting realm, infusing lighting into the world of electronics. One example of this was from the recent meeting of the Sustainability Committee of the Institute of Transportation Engineers in Washington, DC. Autonomous vehicles was one of the topics. What, you may ask, does this have to do with lighting?  Well, a lot. Autonomous (or self-driving) vehicles will perform vehicle-to-vehicle communication but also… Read More

Washington D.C. 2015 Report Card

January 15, 2016 – 2015 offered some glimmers of hope in our nation’s capital. There were a number of bills passed with bi-partisan support–13, in fact.  Of those, two had provisions directly related to lighting and/or energy. The House passed H.R. 8, The North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015.  On December 18, the President signed into law H.R. 2029, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016.  The former promotes energy efficiency inside the federal government.  The Senate version has… Read More