Green lighting exceeds New York Times savings expectations

NY Times Building's energy efficient lighting system exceeds expectations

NY Times Building

 The new New York Times building has seen over $315,000 in savings due to their green lighting system.

Lutron Electronics, whose Quantum total light management system is featured in the building, released the performance data yesterday.

The 52-story high New York Times building, opened in late 2007, was designed to produce a large reduction in energy savings, or 1.28 watts per square foot.  Glen Hughes, Director of Construction for the NY Times Co. during the design, installation and commissioning of their new building, said “with Quantam (lighting), it’s only using 0.38 – that’s 70 percent less!”

Quantum lighting optimizes light use, dimming or switching all electric lighting, controlling daylight by using automated window shades. The Quantum’s software shows real-time energy savings and reports 30-day energy use and savings.

The Times Tower and projected operational savings

The Times Tower and projected operational savings

Over three of the past four seasons, the performance of the lighting system exceeded all expectations . Here are the figures released by Hughes and Lutron:

• 0.37 watts per square foot in winter 2008-2009
• 0.37 watts per square foot in fall 2008
• 0.33 watts per square foot in summer 2008
• 0.38 watts per square foot in spring 2008

Hughes said the lighting system paid for itself in less than a year.

With this level of energy reduction and operating cost savings, perhaps other large corporations can afford to make the switch.

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