Using guidelines developed by the Lighting Research Center (LRC) of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), ACC Care Center, and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) have collaborated on a lighting retrofit and research project examining the effect of lighting on the melatonin levels of the care center’s residents.
Room finishes should be specified with regard to the level of cleanliness required in a space and the resources available for maintenance of finished surfaces. Standards for cleanliness are often lax, especially when it comes to ceilings.
Various regulations and guidelines for constructing and maintaining ceilings in facilities with hygienic requirements. A complement to one of the magazine’s feature articles, this short web piece looks at requirements and best practices for schools, laboratories, food preparation, healthcare, and other specialized spaces.
One of the most common problems in building operations is the use of outdated technology. From automation to security, upgrades are currently available that can immensely improve productivity, enhance services, and save money.
Lighting accounts for about 10 percent of the country’s energy usage, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Choosing the right lighting system is crucial when it comes to saving energy and reducing the carbon footprint of a building or campus.