Spring Ahead, Fall Back- we all know the routine. Daylight Savings Time started again on March 4th at 2am. One of the biggest reasons we change our clocks to Daylight Saving Time (DST) is that it reportedly saves electricity. Newer studies, however, are challenging this idea.
Energy use and the demand for electricity for lighting our homes is directly related to when we go to bed and when we get up. In the average home, 25 percent of all the electricity we use is for lighting and small appliances, such as TVs, computers and stereos. A good percentage of energy consumed by lighting and appliances occurs in the evening when families are home and up. Daylight Saving Time “makes” the sun “set” one hour later and therefore reduces the period between sunset and bedtime by one hour. By moving the clock ahead one hour, we can cut the amount of electricity we consume each day. We also use less electricity because we are home fewer hours during the “longer” days of spring and summer. Most people plan outdoor activities in the extra daylight hours. When we are not at home, we don’t turn on the appliances and lights.
Although the amounts of electricity saved per household are small – they add up. Studies done in the 1970s by the U.S. Department of Transportation show that we trim the entire country’s electricity usage by about one percent each day with Daylight Saving Time.
In May 2011 a report by the California Energy Commission recommended that going to a year- round DST could help with the electricity problems of that state.
A report was released in May 2001 by the California Energy Commission to see if creating an early DST or going to a year-round DST will help with the electricity problems the state faced in 2000-2002 Winter DST would cut winter peak electricity use by around 3.4 percent. Summer Double DST would cause a smaller and more uncertain drop in the peak, but it could still save hundreds of millions of dollars because it would shift electricity use to low demand (cheaper) morning hours and decrease electricity use during higher demand hours.
A 2008 report from the University of Santa Barbara concludes that Daylight Saving Time in Indiana actually increases residential electricity demand. It looked at the part of the state that did not observe DST. Now the whole state observes DST. After reviewing this report the state of California does not believe its findings would hold true in California or the rest of the country as Indiana uses little residential air conditioning in the summer, Indiana is located in western edge of the same time zone as Maine and Florida, but the sun actually comes up at an earlier time than those other two states and Indiana’s north-south location will affect how long the days are in the summer and might very well lead to different results in different areas of the state.
We do know for sure that turning off lights, appliances and air conditioning does save electricity and money any time of the year. Lights left on in an unoccupied office building are a waste of resources and money. Advanced Control Corporation provides the ability to expand your building automation system to include lighting control for your building. The range of control can be from a basic control system for lighting and equipment switching applications which are ideal for use in facilities where time-of-day control is being managed from a time clock or centralized building management system to a fully automatic lighting control for all of your facilities lighting circuits. Advanced Control Corporation implements a proven strategy for superior energy management with tools and resources to help each step of the way. If you are interested and finding out more information about lighting control and energy management contact Advanced Control Corporation at 954.491.6660 today!
Finally they yelled “Play Ball!” at the new Miami Marlins stadium! The stadium opened this week with a game between rival high school teams. This high tech is the first LEED-certified pro sports stadium with a retractable roof. This LEED certification has not been cheap adding about $8 million to the final bill. Existing LEED-certified stadiums include Nationals Ballpark in D.C., Target Field in Minneapolis and Consol Center in Pittsburgh. The Marlins are a member of the Green Sports Alliance a group of sustainability-minded teams, leagues, venues and universities and it is among the more than 140 stadiums that have applied for LEED certifications.
From the beginning, the Marlins ballpark’s objective has been to obtain LEED Silver Certification. This allowed the designers to start thinking about ecological impact early in the process. In order to meet LEED’s “five fundamentals” of green building: sustainable site development; water savings, energy efficiency; material selection and indoor environmental quality. Majority of building materials were harvested and manufactured within 500 miles of the job site to reduce transportation emissions and support the local economy. Pieces of old concrete from the demolished Orange Bowl were repurposed to create the support beams. More than 90 percent of the construction waste was recycled; including asphalt, cardboard, concrete, metal, steel, paper, plastic and wood. More than 20% of the total material incorporated into the ballpark was pre-consumer and post-consumer recycled content.
The installation of 249 waterless urinals should provide an estimated savings of approximately 6 million gallons of water per year at the stadium. In the concessions area, hoods will use ultraviolet light to help prevent buildup of grease from all those hot dogs and nachos, which in turn should reduce by 52 percent the amount of water that would otherwise be used to clean the hoods. Other eco-friendly features of this new stadium include aggressive waste management recycling program and the use of low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) paints, adhesives, carpets and flooring for air quality control.
Due to the way air pressure inside the stadium will change when the roof opens, stadiums have to be strategic about ventilation. The Marlins addressed this by opening a massive glass wall in the outfield whenever the roof is open. This glass wall adds more natural light and air flow. The architecture bonus here will be a stellar view of the Miami skyline, 12 miles distant, through the open wall.
As a leader in building automation, Advanced Control Corporation is delighted to learn about continued efforts by leaders to contribute to Florida green building. For all of your building automation, energy management, lighting control and other needs, contact Advanced Control Corporation today at 954.491.6660.
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For the first time, the total square footage of LEED-certified existing buildings surpassed LEED-certified new construction, according to the U. S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Historically, USGBC has seen the majority of LEED-certification volume and sq. ft. comprised of new construction projects. As of December, the sq. ft. of LEED-certification for existing buildings exceeded new construction by 15 million sq. ft. on a cumulative basis.
Examples of iconic existing buildings that have received LEED certification:
- Empire State Building: LEED Gold certified. The renovations will cut energy consumption by 38 percent, saving $4.4 million annually and retrieving the cost of implementation in three years. To read more about the Empire State Building receiving LEED-certification read this article.
- Taipei 100: Certified LEED Platinum. The world’s second tallest building was redesigned to use 30 percent less energy which will reduce utility costs by $700,000 annually.
- Transamerica Pyramid: LEED Platinum Certification. One of San Francisco’s most recognized buildings has an onsite co-generation plant saving $700,000 in energy costs annually.
To learn more about LEED-certification for existing buildings, visit usgbc.org/LEED/EB. While many feel that the initial cost of implementing a building automation system is too steep, the energy cost savings pay for the price of installation in a relatively short period of time. If you are interested in building automation, energy management, lighting control or other related solutions, contact Advanced Control Corporation today. Maintaining a solid reputation since 1987, Advanced Control is one of the finest controls companies in South Florida.
Loretta Cockrum, owner of the Foram Group and native Miamian, has “developed 600 Brickell at Brickell World Plaza, a building that features the latest in technology and a concept rooted in the stewardship of land.” Raised on her family’s farms in Illinois and Indiana, Cockrum developed a love of the land that propelled her to work for the nation’s largest ranch management company, and then start her own business that helps families run their farms.
Loretta has turned her love of the great outdoors into a booming business, and is making headlines for her recent work with 600 Brickell. The new building comes equipped with state-of-the-art technology and environmental sustainability. The latest addition to Miami’s financial district, this impressive building is a soaring “40 stories of glass and steel.” The 600 Brickell project holds the esteemed honor of being the only Florida LEED pre-certified platinum real estate tower. “It is the foundation of our sustainable commitment, because if you are managing farmland and timberland and you are not an incredible steward of that property, there is nothing that will deteriorate faster,” said Cockrum.
The building cost $310 million to construct, including $180 million of equity. To read about all of the sustainable elements that were incorporated into 600 Brickell, read the full article from the Miami Herald.
As a leader in building automation, Advanced Control Corporation is elated to read more and more headlines about the green efforts so many South Florida companies are implementing. If you are considering reducing your carbon footprint and saving money, contact Advanced Control Corporation today. From lighting control and air quality control to energy management and small building solutions, Advanced Control has the knowledge, skill and expertise to find the ideal solution for your company. To learn more, call 954.491.6660 today.