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Mining for Savings

Mining for Savings

When looking for gemstones or precious ore, you’ll do well to prospect the land for the resource you seek before you begin mining.  Likewise, when looking energy savings, it’s best to prospect the components of your building for saving potential before you go making upgrades. Thankfully, you don’t need a pick axe to locate fertile ground for energy savings, just the internet.  A couple of websites that will aid you in your search for savings are the enLIGHTen America Read more [...]
Commercial Building Tax Deduction 101 for Tenants and "Non-Commercial" Building Owners

Commercial Building Tax Deduction 101 for Tenants and "Non-Commercial" Building Owners

Through the Commercial Building Tax Deduction (CBTD), building owners have the opportunity to write off the complete cost of upgrading a building’s interior lighting, up to $0.60/sq. ft.  Given its title, one might think that the only people able to take advantage of the CBTD would commercial building owners.  However, public entities – that operate buildings such as government offices, schools, post offices, etc. – and building tenants may be eligible to take advantage Read more [...]
Existing Building Stock Presents Retrofit Opportunity

Existing Building Stock Presents Retrofit Opportunity

Today, energy efficient standards for new commercial building construction are being integrated on the systems level into High Performance Buildings (HPBs) to create spaces that optimize energy efficiency and create high-occupant-productivity.  I don’t know about you readers out there, but I’d have to agree with NEMA’s Director of HPBs; when I hear people talking about “net-zero” buildings and “BIM” (Building Information Modeling), I get goose bumps.  Read more [...]
End of the Line for Magnetic Ballasts

End of the Line for Magnetic Ballasts

America’s 234th birthday wasn’t the only milestone reached last week; last week also marked the (effective) end of the magnetic ballast era.  Since the fluorescent lamp was commercially introduced in the 1940s, it has been coupled with the magnetic ballast to regulate the electricity flowing into the lamp.  As of July 1, 2010, many popular magnetic ballasts can no longer be manufactured or imported in the US. Even though this phase-out occurred only last week, it has Read more [...]
enLIGHTen America is heading to Cali

enLIGHTen America is heading to Cali

In late 2008, NEMA’s Lighting Systems Division embarked on a joint marketing campaign, enLIGHTen America, to promote energy-efficient lighting upgrades for new and existing buildings (commercial, industrial, and institutional) and disseminate information about lighting and lighting controls that will save energy, provide a return on investment, and increase asset value.  To this end, over the last year and a half the enLIGHTen America campaign has published feature articles in major building Read more [...]
Tight Balance Sheet? Look up…

Tight Balance Sheet? Look up…

Given the tenuous state of many corporate balance sheets these days, companies are looking anywhere and everywhere to reduce operating costs.  Those looking to save a buck need look no further than the lighting above their desks.  Lighting upgrades have the potential to significantly reduce overall energy costs and, for a limited time, until December 31, 2013, capital expenditures on lighting upgrades can be eligible for the Commercial Building Tax Deduction (CBTD) if they meet the criteria. Read more [...]