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Lighting controls save energy and large amounts of cash: a video case study from The New York Times Company.

2009 October 13

Trolling about the internet for news of building automation controls innovations – an endeavor I find myself increasingly involved in – I came across a terrific pair of videos on, an online video outlet sponsored by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). In the two-part video series, ElectricTV Reporter Dominic Giarratano visits The New York Times Company building, newly constructed to take advantage of some cutting-edge automated lighting controls devices that have helped the company realize significant savings of energy and money.

new york times company building occupancy sensorIn Part One of the video, Giarratano takes a tour of some of the new building’s innovative lighting control features. This piece wraps up with a reminder that such controls are not limited to only new building construction:

“One of the many things to remember about this story is total light management systems are viable solutions for any space, whether it be new or a retrofit building.”

new york times company building lighting controls cost savingsIn Part Two of the video, Giarratano discusses additional features of the building’s lighting controls, and wraps up with some impressive details about the financial benefits that the The New York Times Company will realize as a result of the controls that they’ve implemented:

“When you add natural light into peoples’ space, you create a better work environment, which leads to better health, more creativity, more productivity. And if we can accept that we get 1% of productivity improvement in our space, the system paid itself back in a matter of months.”

It’s a great pair of videos that well illustrate the impact that effective and well-planned building controls can have – not just from a financial standpoint, but on the lives of the building occupants as well.

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