Fort Knox recently was recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Interior Lighting Campaign for outstanding performance id­en­tifying and integrating highly efficient lighting solutions into its portfolio.

It was one of 10 organizations to receive the recognition. According to a news release, the organizations achieved significant energy savings by upgrading almost 1 million luminaires to high efficiency systems, with savings more than $10 million annually.

The release said nine of the organizations incorporated lighting controls such as dimmers, timers and occupancy sensors. When combined with the fixture upgrades, total energy savings were as much as 80 percent.

In 2019, the release said a new “innovative” category was introduced to the ILC, encouraging recognition applications for lighting control systems that incorporate integrated controls with other building systems such as HVAC and plug loads, or other novel solutions that involve integrated approaches.

The other nine organizations are: Columbia Ass­ociation; CBRE | McKesson; MGM Resorts In­ter­national; Target Corp.; University of Utah Health; U.S. General Services Administration; Walgreens; Whole Foods Market and Yamaha Motor Corp.

Over the last 4 years, the release said ILC participants newly have installed or upgraded more than 3.5 million lighting and controls systems. Collectively, the release said these systems are expected to reduce annual energy use by approximately 800 million kWh and save building owners over $84 million annually.

The ILC is a recognition and guidance program designed to help facility owners and managers take advantage of savings opportunities from high efficiency interior lighting solutions and innovative systems that integrate lighting controls with other building systems, the release said. The U.S. Department of Energy, the Illuminating Engineering Society, the International Facilities Management Association, the interNational Association of Lighting Management Companies, and the U.S. General Services Administration serve on the ILC Organizing Committee.

Better Buildings is an initiative designed to improve the lives of the American people by driving leadership in energy innovation. Through Better Buildings, DOE partners with leaders in the public and private sectors to make the nation’s homes, commercial buildings and industrial plants more energy efficient by accelerating investment and sharing of successful best practices, the release said.

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