The go-green environmental advocacy movement continues to show its influence. And more and more aspects of our lives are being affected. From buildings to food to clothing to transportation, and many other elements in between, our approach to living more cooperatively with our planet is driving new technology, along with new attitudes.
While it’s been a gradual shift across the last 40 years or so, some green practices have found permanence.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) has established itself as a set of rating systems for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of green buildings, homes and neighborhoods. Advanced materials with improved insulation and new building processes are driving efficiency in all new structures today.
ENERGY STAR® ratings on consumer products have become a standard bearer of energy efficiency products and a powerful brand. This demand has helped products become more efficient over time. Around the corner is the Internet of everything which can provide greater control, use and monitoring of all our devices used in our homes and businesses.
EPA Fuel Economy Standards and MPG Ratings have had a major impact in the development and marketing of most every new automobile. So much so that hybrids, Electric Vehicles (EV) and Compresses Natural Gas (CNG) cars are grabbing the spotlight these days.
But you might be surprised to know that LED lighting technology is now delivering an effective green presence in—of all places parking garages!And building facilities managers who oversee these structures are taking note.
Because a parking facility may often be treated as an ugly but necessary amenity, the new LED installations are making an impact with these managers. This new, advanced LED lighting technology can help transform parking garages into energy efficiency heroes.
For example when the Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) replaced over six thousand existing parking garage fixtures with light-emitting diode (LED) lighting, the savings were are clear as their new quality of light. This conversion resulted in a 66 percent reduction in power consumption and an anticipated total energy and maintenance savings of approximately $1.2 million annually.
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