Whether it is a new parking structure or a retrofit, parking garages now have to comply with new energy codes from California (Title 24-2013) and ASHRAE (90.1-2010). From an energy consumption perspective, parking garages alone account for about 15 percent of a building’s total lighting energy use, according to the National Renewable Energy Labs (2012).
One feature that sets garage structures apart is the exterior walls. Typically, two walls are exposed to natural light, creating the lighting challenge: what is well lit today could be dangerously dark tomorrow.
Installing LED lighting does significantly alter energy consumption, but for the last mile of cost reduction, the only way to reduce more is by controlling the lights through a smart networked lighting platform. This holistic view of a lighting installation provides the right tools to adjust and monitor lighting one light at a time to lighting groups to the entire installation.
Check out our new software solution, Lumewave by Echelon CMS, that is designed with the installer and administrator in mind and helps them to create an energy efficient and modern environment for occupants of parking garages.