Brendon Van Campen

Militaries are opting for solutions that meet energy- and cost-saving goals.

What energy-related mandates must government entities meet?

The Department of Energy mandated that all states must adopt an energy code as stringent as the latest ASHRAE Standard (90.1-2010) by 18 Oct. 2013. In addition, the Energy Policy Act of 2005 mandates energy reductions of 30 percent in government facilities by 2015, compared to the 2003 baseline. Additional federal energy policies include the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA 2007) and two Executive Orders (EO 13423, EO 13514), all of which mandate overall building energy reductions over established timelines.

Most DOD new construction projects are designed around a minimum LEED Silver Rating and ASHRAE 189.1, as outlined by the U.S. Green Building Council/ASHRAE. While not specifically a mandate, the DOD introduced the new Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) 3-530-1 Lighting and Controls Change 3 in Sept. It is one of the best and most comprehensive design criteria documents we have seen. It outlines energy-saving design applications and new technologies by space-type for lighting and controls that DOD and private IDIQ firm specifiers must incorporate into future military construction designs.

What are militaries requesting?

The most common request from DOD customers at all levels is educational in nature. There is recognition that the mandatory energy-reduction requirements, as well as changes in current and future energy codes and design criteria, all incorporate a much higher-level use of this technology and the understanding of how this technology can and should be applied.

We spend a great deal of time educating DOD customers and their contractors at all levels on what can be achieved with the new technologies. We then work with them to update their internal specifications and RFP language (in the non-proprietary manner required by the government).

One of the main stated goals of the DOD is Strategic Energy Independence. Lutron can help government customers focus on lighting energy-efficiency, reducing the total energy demand of the facility to a manageable point. This enables other renewable energy and self-generation technologies to be able to support the base or installation when it might be off the national power grid.

How is Lutron helping the U.S. DOD meet these goals today?

At Fort Hood in Texas, Lutron teamed with LRI to provide more than 3,000 wireless occupancy/vacancy sensors and switches for retrofits across multiple buildings on the post, helping reduce lighting energy waste in unoccupied areas. Lutron has multiple installations at Fort Irwin, Calif., which range from controlling the Garrison Command Building with a centralized Quantum lighting control system and digital ballast technology, to wireless sensor/switch installations in many of the other smaller facilities on base.


NAME: Brendon Van Campen
TITLE: Director of Government and Military Programs
CO.: Lutron
ROLE: Deliver lighting solutions to federal, Dept. of Defense, state and local government

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