Forest City's Continuous Improvement Approach Integrates Efficiency and Response to Tenant Experience

Forest City Realty Trust committed to reduce lighting energy use by over 40 percent and saw joining the Interior Lighting Campaign as a participant as good synergy with that goal. Forest City is a national real estate company engaged in the ownership, development, management, and acquisition of real estate. The company is reducing lighting energy use by upgrading to LED lighting at five of their multi-tenant buildings in Maryland, Michigan, Illinois, and two sites in Ohio.

Much of Forest City’s portfolio includes apartment buildings with common areas including lobbies and hallways. The majority of lighting upgrades were installed in these common areas, which are illuminated continuously for safety and security reasons. Before the upgrades, motion detectors operated the lights for 15-30 minute periods after residents entered the common areas. However, residents complained that the lights controlled by motion detectors did not instantly increase to full output and the momentary period of reduced lighting was concerning. Since the lighting upgrade, the cost/benefit analysis of the occupancy controls show such a small increase in savings, that they have decided not to pursue lighting controls in these public spaces.

To reach their energy goals, Forest City installed TLEDs (tubular LEDs that are designed to replace fluorescent lamps) from Current, powered by GE with an overall projected energy reduction of 50 percent.

Forest City is committed to sustainability and has pursued energy and sustainability goals for over a decade. “We have set goals on overall reduction of our carbon footprint of approximately 2 percent per year,” said Joyce Mihalik, Forest City vice president of Integrative Design Services. “We actively prioritize and manage energy conservation measures, including pursuing lighting, HVAC, and building control projects. Joining the Interior Lighting Campaign has helped us move one step closer to reaching our goals.”  

Published in ILC Highlights