Seriously Efficient Interior Lighting Project? Earn DOE Recognition

By Jordan Hibbs, Presidential Management Fellow, DOE on Mar 30, 2017

Efficiency upgrades often start with lighting retrofits, as aging lighting systems can often be a burden to your energy bill. Owning a commercial building can be expensive and even more so when all the day-to-day operational costs are factored in, especially when energy consumption practices are not managed strategically.  

Lighting system upgrades often represent some of the easiest, most cost-effective energy-saving opportunities available. By adopting more efficient troffer lighting, such as systems that meet the Better Buildings Alliance (BBA) specification for troffers, building owners can save roughly 50 percent on a one-for-one basis, and 80 percent or more with the use of controls.

Through the Better Buildings Alliance’s Interior Lighting Campaign (ILC), organizations are sharing their results and best practices after upgrading their lighting systems and achieving extraordinary results. ILC participants are installing new LED lighting and control systems while instilling new and cost effective ways to save energy. Altogether participants have already cut back electricity costs by $13 million annually, and the campaign has already surpassed its goal to upgrade 1 million troffers.


Through the replacement of often outdated lighting infrastructure. Today, our country uses a lot of energy to operate traditional troffer lights. These lights are typically recessed ceiling lighting fixtures (referred to as troffers) that commonly use less efficient fluorescent technology, operate for 10-plus hours a day, and consume over 96.7 TWh of electricity annually.

Participants like CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc., Target and U.S. General Services Administration have worked at an exceptional pace to surpass the ILC’s goal of upgrading 1 million troffers to high-efficiency troffer systems. Leveraging the High-Efficiency Troffer Lighting Specification guidance provided through the ILC, building owners have the opportunity to actualize significant energy and cost savings.

The 2017 Interior Lighting Campaign will culminate with the recognition of participants that have exhibited exemplary performance in a variety of categories during the Building Owners and Managers Association’s annual conference this year in Nashville from June 24 – 27.

Ready to be a part of ILC? Join today! Applications for exemplary performance recognition are still being accepted! Interested participants are invited to share information on new installation or retrofit projects completed between January 1, 2013 and April 2017. Submissions received by the April 3, 2017 deadline will be considered for recognition.

To learn more about how to participate in the ILC and previous award winners, please visit the Better Buildings Interior Lighting Campaign’s website.

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