Campus projects earn ‘best practice’ honors using SPEED technologies

UC San Diego, Geisel Library

Three energy-saving retrofit projects at California universities, each using innovative SPEED program technologies, were honored with Best Practice Awards at the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference, held at UC Davis in June 18-22, 2012. The awards spotlight retrofit projects at the University of California San Diego and Santa Cruz campuses and at San Diego State University. The projects, each completed in 2011, took honors in two categories: design or retrofit of lighting; and design or retrofit of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.

This is the sixth consecutive winning year for retrofit projects employing new technologies demonstrated by the SPEED, the State Partnership for Energy Efficiency Demonstrations, a program funded by the California Energy Commission. The awards showcase technologies that result in deep energy savings, helping California campuses meet their sustainability and energy-efficiency goals — and model leadership in the area for other universities.

Winning HVAC projects are the Geisel Library, one of the largest buildings at UC San Diego and the 76,000-square-foot Aztec Recreation Center at San Diego State University. Both projects achieve deep energy savings with retrofits that incorporate wireless controls demonstrated by the SPEED Program and commercialized by Vigilent.

A campus wide retrofit project gained UC Santa Cruz it’s second consecutive award in lighting design/retrofit. The multi-year Santa Cruz lighting upgrade features adaptive control including bi-level LED wall packs bi-level stairwell fixtures.

Bold CPUC plan to reduce statewide lighting energy use

Recognizing that lighting accounts for one-quarter of California’s electricity use, in 2010 the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) added a lighting chapter to the California Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan. The plan seeks to leverage advanced technology and best practices to transform the California lighting market and achieve a 60-80% reduction in statewide electrical lighting energy consumption.

"The lighting chapter is a comprehensive strategy to bring together all aspects of the lighting market in California to achieve the state's 2020 and 2030 zero net energy (ZNE) goals," 2005-2010 CPUC Commissioner Dian M. Grueneich said. "By coordinating public policy and regulations, building designers, owners, managers and occupants, consumers, and technology developers, we can make best practices in energy-efficient lighting job one."

Helping lead the process to draft, vet, and adopt the chapter, CIEE, the California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC), and the global energy company KEMA coordinated with SPEED's lighting technology demonstrations and technology adoption acceleration efforts. CIEE and the CLTC produced the supporting document “2010 Lighting Technology Overviews and Best Practice Solutions” linking SPEED and the statewide lighting market transformation programs created to achieve strategic plan goals.

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California Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan
Lighting Chapter, California Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan (pdf 365kb)
2010 Lighting Technology and Best Practices Overview (pdf 3.4mb)
CIEE website