Save energy by integrating lighting controls, HVAC systemsConsulting-Specifying Engineer, April 20, 2014
Historically, integration between lighting and HVAC control systems has been limited due to complexity, program language differences, and cost of these systems. However, with advances in lighting control systems, there is greater opportunity to add a considerable amount of functionality to them to help conserve energy in two of the largest consumers of energy in buildings.
With a trend toward high-energy performance buildings through organizations like U.S. Green Building Council(USGBC) and its rating system, energy consumption has become a major focus for many facilities. ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2013 and the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) continue to become more stringent and comprehensive compared to previous versions. As jurisdictions begin to mandate these newer codes and standards, lighting control systems are becoming more complex. In addition, HVAC building monitoring and controls is a more common baseline standard in more facilities due to economizers and minimum efficiencies.