Report: Proper daylight controls commissioning leads to energy savings
The Energy Center of Wisconsin's report shows that proper daylight controls commissioning can lead to energy savings—often 60% or more.
The Energy Center of Wisconsin's report, Commissioning for Optimal Savings from Daylight Controls, focuses on daylighting control and how it can provide up to energy savings of up to 60% with proper commissioning.
Daylighting control, or daylight harvesting, has become a common energy savings strategy in many sustainable building projects, but several barriers still prevent successful implementation of this strategy in mainstream construction. Considerable effort is expended in the architectural and lighting design of daylighting controls, with actual execution being an afterthought.
Best practices suggest that a significant commissioning effort is required for daylighting controls to function properly and reach full energy savings potential. While HVAC systems often receive significant attention at this stage, lighting controls and most specifically daylighting controls, generally do not.
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After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.