Lighting system to slash energy costs in Texas government building
The Texas Facilities Commission (TFC) expects to reduce lighting energy costs by 60 percent in a state government building in Austin, Texas, by installing new lighting controls and smooth dimming ballasts. The TFC is making the improvements at the E.O. Thompson State Office Building.
Newark, Calif.-based Lumenergi, a provider of energy-saving, networked lighting systems, is installing the new equipment and is collaborating with two local firms, Spawglass and Essential Energy, on the project.
A few of the expected benefits from the lighting system upgrade on the Thompson building include:
- Adaptable lighting control capabilities, including integrated daylight harvesting, occupancy sensing, task tuning, scheduling and personal control
- Increased worker comfort and energy savings
- Real-time monitoring, reporting and optimization
- Up-to-date building design methodology with Building Information Modeling, a three-dimensional architectural engineering and design software
- Standards-based, open architecture with Building Management System integration
The TFC owns and operates the E.O. Thompson building, and is responsible for 24.3 million square feet of leased and owned space in government properties across the state. The work on the Thompson building is part of the TFC’s initiative to increase energy efficiency and cost savings while reducing greenhouse gas emissions at public sector buildings and other statewide facilities.
Lumenergi provides lighting technology for retrofits of public buildings and other facilities. Earlier this year the company provided lighting solutions for energy-saving retrofits for the Philip Burton Federal Building and U.S. Court House and the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building and U.S. Court House in California’s San Francisco Bay Area.
The company relies on non-proprietary, open architecture in its lighting system retrofits. Its network controls provide real-time reporting and system optimization and enable smooth dimming with daylight harvesting, task tuning, occupancy sensing, demand response and automatic load shedding.