Billing itself a living lab exhibit, Lighting the Future is sponsored by conEdison and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. It caters to developers, designers, and other real estate professionals, who will be able to test out the latest products for the next year.
Part of the larger Living Lab Demonstration Project, the exhibit seeks to identify the most cost-effective lighting control systems for retrofits, and to help developers quantify their benefits. The exhibit opened on December 9th, 2015 and will run until December 1st, 2016 at the Building Energy Exchange headquarters at 31 Chambers Street, Unit 609.
Tested technologies include daylight harvesting, occupancy sensing, vacancy sensing, personal lighting control, and tuning (gradual overall reduction from maximum light usage) — in service of increasing efficiency while maintaining or improving occupant satisfaction.
“Lighting the Future” reports that retrofitting buildings with advanced lighting controls via a centralized system can lead to a 45 percent lighting energy savings. Higher efficiency fixtures can save 30 percent and automated shades can save 10 percent. In the exhibit’s Related Companies office retrofit at the Time Warner Center efficiency is maximized with wireless sensors, dimmable ballasts and sensor modules.
According to the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), over half of residential developers building homes in the US expect to incorporate green design in 60 percent or more of their new homes by 2020. Another NAHB study shows that 88 percent of homebuyers consider energy efficiency when making a purchase.