Submit Your Advanced Lighting Project Today

By Better Buildings Beat Team on Mar 20, 2023

Through the Integrated Lighting Campaign (ILC), a part of the Better Buildings Initiative, DOE recognizes the use of advanced lighting by building owners and managers. This year, DOE is expanding the categories to highlight the potential for new technologies, advanced lighting controls, and integration of lighting with other building systems.

DOE encourages building owners, operators, and facility managers to adopt novel sensors and controls that allow lighting to interact with other building systems to save energy, lower costs, and create comfortable spaces for occupants. Every year, DOE revisits the ILC recognition categories to capture emerging industry priorities and new technology trends.

Organizations are encouraged to submit their advanced lighting projects. The deadline to submit projects for recognition is March 31, 2023.


New Categories this Year

The new Energy Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Advanced Lighting category will recognize projects that have integrated equity into their siting, installation, contracting, or procurement process. For example, the Chicago Smart Lighting Program, one of last year's recognized participants, exceeded its RFP requirements of subcontracting women and minority-owned businesses and installed the first new LED streetlights in the South and West Side Neighborhoods in Chicago.

Another new category, Advanced Lighting Solution for Small Projects or Buildings, has been added to recognize lighting retrofits or installations in buildings smaller than 50,000 square feet.

Other new categories this year reflect emerging industry priorities. The Sustainability in Lighting category was added to recognize projects that have successfully minimized their environmental footprint and impacts across the project lifecycle.

In addition to sustainability, lighting plays an important role in indoor air quality. Through the Germicidal Ultraviolet (GUV) Systems category, DOE will recognize lighting projects that have successfully deployed GUV systems in buildings to reduce the spread of airborne pathogens and improve indoor air quality.

Sharing Your Success is Easy, but the Impact is Big

DOE develops case studies and other materials to share the best practices, strategies, and implementation models of these exemplary projects to inspire others to do the same. DOE also provides participants with the resources and expert guidance needed to choose, install, integrate, and operate their lighting systems.

Applying for recognition is simple. Complete the short application form by March 31 and provide your contact information, building information, communication preferences, and a short description of reported benefits and outcomes of the lighting project. Campaign supporters can also submit as Exemplary Supporter or Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (JDEI) Champion.

Interested in learning more about recognition opportunities? Visit the Integrated Lighting Campaign website or click the links below to watch informational webinars detailing the recognition program with examples from previous years.