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July 2012
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There's no denying the energy impacts of integrated lighting design, but the benefits can be undermined if the systems behind it aren't functioning properly. That's where commissioning comes in. It's often been something implemented as an afterthought at the end of a design project. But it's a process that should begin with the onset of a new project, involving the entire design team and continuing through the life of the building. This month, learn about best practice steps in the commissioning process in Chapter Spotlight, top commissioning resources in Industry Trends and new energy efficiency guides and trainings in What's New.  

Chapter Spotlight
Commissioning: An Integrated Design Process   
Commissioning: An Integrated Design Process Lighting design commissioning provides systematic quality assurance by ensuring that lighting and controls systems perform according to design intent and the owner's operational needs. The process also ensures that building owners get what they pay for, that systems achieve optimal energy efficiency (and cost savings) and that problems that might surface down the road are detected and corrected. Read Commissioning: An Integrated Design Process (PDF) for more on the benefits, major steps and deliverables for successful commissioning.   

ALG Online's Design Considerations chapter discusses the methods and tools needed to produce integrated lighting applications that use advanced sources, luminaires and controls. The section on Commissioning features the latest updates from the IES Design Guide for The Commissioning Process Applied to Lighting and Control Systems (DG-29-11).
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Your Go-To Resources on Commissioning

The process of commissioning has become an industry-recognized need. But with so much information and sometimes conflicting guidance on how it should be executed, it can be hard to know where to look for top-notch guidance on the commissioning process. We've compiled a list of online resources that will ensure everything functions as it should for your next project.   


California Commissioning Collaborative: Find tools, research, commissioning guides, provider lists, case studies and more. Visit Now


PECI: Find detailed information on existing building commissioning and retrocommissioning, tools, training and more.  Visit Now


Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBL): The LBL website has several pages documenting their research and findings related to building commissioning. Find cost-benefit assessments and an expanded list of commissioning resources. Visit Now   


Illuminating Engineering Society (IES): IES produces a variety of design guides including the 2011 update of the Design Guide for The Commissioning Process Applied to Lighting and Control Systems (IES DG-29-11). Electronic and print versions are available for purchase. Visit Now    



ALG Online would like to recognize the inspiring life and career of pioneering architect and lighting designer, Jonathan Speirs, who passed away at his home in Edinburgh, Scotland on June 18, 2012. The award-winning designer was a lifelong learner and a passionate proponent of the power of light and architecture. For more on Jonathan's remarkable life and career: Read IALD's June 22, 2012 eReflection Newsletter 

What's New
So you've optimized your lighting system? Now tackle plug loads. 

Download a free copy of the Plug Loads Best Practices Guide outlining no- and low-cost solutions for reducing office plug loads. The guide is based on research by Ecova and NBI.         

Register now for IALD Enlighten Americas 2012: Speaking of Light.
The annual conference, from October 11-13, 2012, boasts 18 seminars and workshops in three dedicated tracks. For more information and to register, click here.

Miss our free daylighting + controls  webinar?   

Watch Breaking Barriers to Integrated Daylighting + Controls on demand. Features the Daylighting Pattern Guide and new research from Green Light New York and offers design solutions for next practice integrated daylighting and controls. IES CEUs available until August 1, 2012.

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