New Innovative Categories

New in 2019 - Innovative Categories!

The Interior Lighting Campaign (ILC) has expanded the categories for the 2019 Recognition process. About 93% of the commercial energy use in a building falls into 3 categories: HVAC [40%], plugs and process loads [33%], and lighting [20%]. The exact amounts will vary based on the building type and vintage. Lighting energy use has been decreasing over the last few years while plugs and process loads have increased. Now through novel technologies, both HVAC and plug loads can be reduced by interfacing with the lighting systems. Some occupancy sensors can both curtail lighting and HVAC or lighting and plug loads. This is a growing body of interest and has moved from the lab to the field.

Integrated Controls Plug Loads and Lighting Systems

Lighting control signals can often be used to control plug load devices that are plugged into “smart” outlets. Similarly, energy signals from plug load devices could help inform lighting controls. This category seeks to recognize novel integration of lighting and plug load meter and control systems, with a focus on energy savings.

Provide a written narrative about how your plug load device(s) interact and integrate with the lighting controls. Sites will be evaluated on the number of plug load points (e.g., receptacles) that integrate with the lighting system. When possible, please include a narrative of the types of spaces (e.g., office, cafeteria, classroom, etc.) utilizing these controls, the types of plug loads (e.g., monitors, computers, printers, etc.) connected to the control system, and a description of the lighting and plug load control systems and how they are integrated. Please note any building automation system or energy management information system platform used to integrate controls and include additional information deemed informative.

Integrated Controls for HVAC and Lighting Systems

Lighting controls can be integrated with HVAC systems to indicate when a space is vacant to modify air flow or temperature set points during periods when spaces are un-occupied. This category seeks to recognize innovative approaches to saving energy by managing lighting and HVAC loads together when spaces are not in use.

Provide a written narrative about how the lighting controls interface with the HVAC system. Submissions should include information about the spaces where the controls are deployed, how the reduction to the HVAC system works (e.g., VAV boxes, bladders in the vents or other means), and the number of HVAC points per light fixture. Please note any building automation system or energy management information system platform used to integrate controls and include additional information deemed informative.

Other Integrated Systems and Lighting

Lighting is being used in novel ways including, but not limited to: films being added to windows for greater daylighting, external shading systems integrating with electric lighting, adjusting the lighting for wellness, using sensors in the lighting to provide data about space utilization or asset tracking, or other novel features. This category recognizes new, novel uses of integrating the lighting to provide other features than simply lighting a space.

Provide a written narrative about how the electric lighting system integrates with other equipment or provide novel features.

2019 ILC Recognition Categories

Building owners, operators and managers will be recognized for exemplary energy efficient lighting design and upgrades of troffer, linear suspended, low bay, and high bay luminaires. ILC Participants were eligible to be recognized in up to 4 categories each year.  To review the complete list of categories, visit the 2019 Recognition Categories.  

The 2019 ILC Exemplary Performance Recognition submission process is now closed.

2019 ILC Recognition for Exemplary Performance was annouinced at the 2019 IES Annual Conference, August 9, 2019.