Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Upcoming Dominion Electric Supply Events

We are co-hosting two great events in June I'd like to share.

Taking the name from my blog - we are offering a Spot Opportunities with Energy Management, Lighting Audits and Retrofits.  Come out and meet our Lighting and Energy Management team, Vince Liberto, Lisa Webster and Barbara Waterman and hear how they can help you get work. Representatives from Philips and Lutron, our sponsoring vendors, will also be available to answer questions and show product after the presentations.

Besides the great stuff you'll learn, there will also be some big door prizes and light refreshments!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Laurel, MD

You can pick up the invite from our website by clicking here

Please fill it out and send it back by May 30.

The second event is a LED Roadshow. Tour the new Lutron Experience Center in Washington, DC, learn about SYLVANIA’s new LED products, and mingle with Sylvania, Lutron, and Dominion staff.

Our speaker is Bill O’Connell, Sylvania’s Specifications Engineer for the Mid-Atlantic Region. He consults with specifiers, architects, and contractors from New York to South Carolina. Bill has nearly 20 years of experience in the lighting industry, and has held numerous positions at Sylvania, including Product Manager and Applications Engineer. He is LEED and Lighting Certified, and an expert on emerging trends in the lighting industry.

Thursday, June 12
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Washington, DC

You can pick up that invite from our website by clicking here!

Hope to see you at one of our events in June! And feel free to contact me if you have any questions....

Monday, May 12, 2014

Philips InstantFit LED T8

Philips InstantFit LED T8 lamps are a simple way to instantly make your current application more efficient. These energy-saving solutions fit into existing linear fluorescent fixtures and provide appropriate light levels by utilizing an existing fluorescent ballast.

LEDs are mercury-free and are ideal in cooler temperatures, making the Philips InstantFit LED T8 lamps a perfect solution for refrigerated cases, multi-deck coolers, walk-in coolers, parking garages or other applications where low-temperatures are commonplace.

Plug and Play
The Philips InstantFit LED T8 is a true Linear LED retrofit that replaces existing 4’ T8 fluorescent lamps. No wiring is required when replacing T8 fluorescents with the InstantFit lamp, which helps to reduce maintenance and labor costs. This lighting solution is ideal for users focused on maximizing the value of an existing ballast investment.

Energy Savings
InstantFit’s low energy consumption allows for short payback and long life and provides significant energy savings depending on your unique system configuration.

InstantFit lamps have been tested with a variety of ballasts to ensure compatibility with the majority of Instant Start ballasts.

Philips InstantFit LED T8 lamps contain no mercury, and virtually no UV or IR light. Waste is minimized since these lamps are installed in existing luminaires.

Learn more about InstantFit on the Philips website

Thursday, May 1, 2014

District of Columbia will adopt the 2013 DC Construction Codes

I subscribe to NEMA Code Alerts - and this one from Washington, DC is so great, I had to share: 

(WASHINGTON, DC) -- Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced today that the District of Columbia will adopt the 2013 DC Construction Codes this Friday, March 28, 2014. The new codes reflect some of the most modern, sustainable, and energy- and water-efficient building practices, and will replace the District's 2008 Construction Codes.

By adopting the 2013 DC Green Construction Code and the 2013 DC Energy Conservation Code as mandatory codes applicable to public- and private-sector buildings, the District has achieved a national leadership role in fostering green-building practices. Both codes will fundamentally transform the way buildings are constructed in the District.
The 2013 Energy Conservation Code will require that new buildings perform as much as 30 percent more efficiently, and the District's inaugural Green Construction Code will extend the building practices legislated by the DC Green Building Act of 2006 to most construction projects. The new codes will result in energy and water savings as well as a greener and healthier city environment. Adoption of the new codes represents a significant step toward meeting the goals of Mayor Gray's Sustainable DC initiative.
"The District's new Construction Codes make clear our commitment to sustainable building practices and to our Sustainable DC vision," said Mayor Gray. "The new codes will greatly reduce our carbon emissions, conserve our natural resources, and help property owners save substantial amounts of money on their energy bills."
The 2013 Construction Codes are based on the 2012 model codes published by the International Code Council (ICC), and the 2011 National Electrical Code published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), with amendments to reflect unique District policies and characteristics.
The new codes incorporate more than 500 local DC amendments to the ICC and NFPA Codes. The Construction Codes Coordinating Board (CCCB), which is housed in the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) and whose membership includes District government and private-industry experts, drafted the changes. More than 100 individuals, including architects, engineers, contractors, property managers, real estate developers and government regulators, contributed their time, through Technical Advisory Group meetings, to ensure the most appropriate codes possible.
"The CCCB, its’ Technical Advisory Groups, and DCRA staff have spent thousands of hours reviewing each provision in the 2012 ICC and 2011 NFPA Codes to ensure that they reflect the best practices for the District," said DCRA Director Nicholas Majett. "Their diligent work has enabled us to achieve the Mayor's vision for modern, environmentally sustainable codes."
In addition to the 2012 International Green Construction Code and the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code, the District has adopted the 2012 editions of the International Building Code, International Residential Code, International Property Maintenance Code, International Fire Code, International Existing Building Code, International Mechanical Code, International Fuel Gas Code, International Plumbing Code, and the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code, and the 2011 edition of the National Electrical Code.
The Construction Codes will be effective upon publication in the DC Register on Friday, March 28. For more information on the District's sustainability plan, Sustainable DC, visit or follow #SustainableDC on Twitter.

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