LaFace & McGovern Associates
Controlling News
Fall 2013

Welcome to the Controls Department Newsletter 

In this quarterly publication, we will be sharing exciting information about  industry news, our product lines, project successes and much more. You'll receive up to date contact information as well as current lunch & learn topics as they evolve. We hope you find it very informative and beneficial.


Brian Miedel


Lighting Controls


Daylighting: Obstacle or Opportunity?Daylighting

More than ever, natural lighting is being used to successfully light interior spaces for tasks as opposed to artificial lighting. Although the need for artificial lighting will unlikely cease to exist, we must acknowledge the fact that lighting accounts for 38% of the electrical consumption in a typical commercial building.   If we can effectively harness daylighting - a free source of energy - to light our buildings, we can consequently reduce the lighting load while creating a desirable interior.


However, it is important to recognize that it's not always easy to bring good daylight into a building. So, what is good daylighting? And what is good daylighting design practice? The first daylighting design principal is to design a building to optimize the introduction of daylighting, indirect or diffuse radiation to provide useful illumination. That would mean orienting the building on the site to maximize northern and southern exposure and minimize eastern and western exposure. The second daylighting design principal is to minimize any direct sunlight, solar radiation and glare into work areas by manipulating the daylight. The manipulation of daylighting can be achieved with Lutron's Hyperion solar tracking system for roller shades, or through Sunoptic's performance prismatic skylights which have a 68% VLT (visible light transmittance), yet 100% diffusion into the space. Finally and perhaps most importantly, is controlling the electric lighting to dim or turn off when daylighting is sufficient thus reducing energy consumption.


Why do we want daylight in building interiors to begin with? Other than the obvious energy savings, numerous studies over the past 50 years support the fact that the presence of daylight is a predictor in how satisfied people are with where they are and what they are doing. In schools, studies have found that proper daylighting can produce increases in student grade performance by 20% in math and 24% in reading. In retail sales, studies also show that companies can realize up to a 40% increase in sales when lighting the space with daylighting rather than artificial lighting. And in the workplace, a study conducted at a call center found that workers processed calls 6-12% faster when they had the best possible view versus those with no view.


So is daylighting an obstacle or an opportunity? Both. But the good news is that the unique daylighting portfolio that Laface & McGovern offers provides opportunities to control the obstacles inherent to daylighting.


For more info on Daylighting, please click here


SpecialtySeven Colors are Better than Three


The LED lighting revolution is here! From specifiers to installers, from resellers to owners, it has become impossible to ignore the changes that the LED is bringing to the lighting industry. Much like the rest of the lighting world, entertainment lighting has been bitten by the LED bug. In fact theatrical lighting can be considered an early adopter of LED lighting technology since the quality of colored LED's far exceeded the quality of white LED's in the early years of LED lighting.


In theatrical lighting color is king. From subtle tints and pastels utilized to tone and highlight performers to deep saturate colors utilized for stage and cyclorama washes color is one of the most important aspects of theatrical lighting. Color can be used to indicate a location, to mark the time of day and to put the audience in just the right mood for a particular scene. Color is so important that rarely in a professional theatrical production is an incandescent stage light utilized in true open white without any color filtering at all.


Several years ago when Electronic Theatre Controls (ETC) decided to tackle development of LED stage lighting fixtures they wanted to come up with a revolutionary product. ETC wanted to develop an LED lighting fixture truly meant for theatrical lighting, not a repurposed wall washer but a fixture with the qualities that are needed when lighting performers, costumes and scenery. This drive to bring a better LED stage light to market resulted in the X7 color system from Selador - which combines a carefully proportioned array of LED colors into a single LED stage light.


But why does the x7 System produce better light than traditional LED lights?

The x7 Color System was designed around an expanded understanding of additive color-mixing: more color in means better light out. ETC LED fixtures combine many different emitters - from five to seven different colors - in a single unit. Many conventional LED fixtures use only three colors - red, green and blue (RGB) - and the only deep colors they can produce are those three colors. Hues like golden yellow, deep turquoise and intense purple are impossible to create with just three (RGB) colors.


For more information on the full line of LED stage lighting fixtures from ETC please visit or contact our LED stage lighting experts at LaFace & McGovern.
Controls Go Beyond ASHRAE Standard to Achieve LEED Points



Under the federal Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct 1992), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) mandates that states' building codes must, as a minimum requirement, conform to ASHRAE regulations. Since 1975, ASHRAE has published a series of energy efficiency standards covering all buildings except low-rise residential buildings. In October 2011, DOE issued a final determination that ASHRAE/IES 90.1-2010 would achieve greater energy efficiency than ASHRAE Standard 90.1- 2007; therefore, states, as required by EPAct 1992, had to certify that their building energy codes or standards met or exceeded the requirements of ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2010 within two years. Consequently, all states are required to update their commercial building codes by October 2013 to reflect this standard. However, with the new UCC adoption process in place, Pennsylvania declined to adopt IECC 2012, on the grounds that it will discourage construction activity in Pennsylvania due to the higher upfront costs of meeting the stricter standards.



However, in both Federal Commercial Projects and projects falling under LEED v4, ASHRAE 90.1 2010 Standards must be met or exceeded.   In the case of Federal Commercial projects, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a new final rule that requires new federal commercial and multi-family high-rise residential buildings to meet or exceed by 30% (if life-cycle cost-effective) ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2010 Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. The requirements apply to new federal buildings for which design for construction begins on or after one year from July 9, 2013 (the date the regulation was issued).


In the case of projects seeking LEED v4, which is scheduled to be released in November 2013, LEED v4 references ASHRAE/IES 90.1-2010  as the basis of design which deems it as a requirement on LEED projects in the state of PA. This version is expected to have an Energy + Atmosphere Credit category (Energy + Atmosphere Credits) in order to promote using innovative strategies to obtain better building energy performance. Projects will earn points, within this category, based on achieving the minimum requirements of ASHRAE/IES 90.1-2010 as a prerequisite.


This 2010 version of ASHRAE is very comprehensive in terms of controls, requiring automatic shutoff, space controls, bi-level control and daylight harvesting just to mention a few.


In addition to certain mandatory provisions,  the ASHRAE energy standard provides a list of control options that are not required for compliance, but may be used to achieve additional lighting power allowances which may contribute to energy savings needed to earn LEED Energy + Atmosphere points. The number of points a project earns determines the level of LEED Certification that the project will receive. 


Table 9.6.2 in the standard identifies 12 advanced control options that, depending on the control option, can be applied to open offices, private offices, meeting rooms, classrooms, retail sales areas and certain public spaces. The controls options mentioned in Table 9.6.2 of the standard reduce lighting power density and may be used to obtain additional lighting power allowances based on a control factor calculated using the standard's Space by Space Method. Instead of claiming the additional lighting power allowance for use elsewhere in the building, the energy savings from the reduced lighting power density may be used to contribute to earning LEED Energy + Atmosphere



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Seven Colors
are Better than Three

Fall Lunch & Learns


ASHRAE 90.1 2010 Code Updates  

Learn all the differences between the current code and the new code
with Brian Miedel

Daylighting Solutions

Toplighting & Sidelighting strategies are discussed
with Valerie McKee
LEDs in Entertainment Lighting 
Exploring the basic appeal of LED-based fixtures for the entertainment lighting industry with Pete Neal 

Education Units
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Green Fact

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, CFLs use 2/3 less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and last up to 10 times longer. Replacing 60 watt incandescent with a 13 watt CFL will save about $30 in energy costs over the life of the bulb.


Who's Who in Controls


Brian Miedel



Pete Neal

Specialty Lighting Manager


Valerie McKee

Daylighting Specialist 


Cindy Miedel   

Controls Project Manager 


Bobbi Lofstrom  

Inside Support /Scheduling


Jim Mock

Inside Technical Support


Jen Dillon-Michaels 

Entertainment/Theatrical Support


Mike Brusco  

Controls Field Technician  


Mike Howard

Controls Field Technician


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