In December 2018, the Interior Lighting Campaign (ILC) welcomed the interNational Association of Lighting Management Companies® (NALMCO®) as a co-organizing participant. NALMCO joins fellow ILC organizers: the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), the Better Buildings program of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).
Since its founding 66 years ago, NALMCO has been providing education, certification, and networking opportunities for the lighting industry. NALMCO serves as a resource to both prepare and promote its 149 member organizations, which represent more than 1,750 individuals including lighting and controls manufacturers, designers, distributors, retailers, and installers. NALMCO offers professional development opportunities including ongoing education, industry updates, and forecasting through its annual convention and trade show, spring seminar, and quarterly magazine.
NALMCO created the Certified Lighting Management Consultant® (CLMC®) program, the nation's first lighting certification program and the first to be accepted by the EPA’s ENERGY STAR® program. NALMCO now offers four well-known industry certifications:
- Certified Apprentice Lighting Technician™ (CALT™)
- Certified Senior Lighting Technician™ (CSLT™)
- Certified Lighting Controls Professional® (CLCP™)
- Certified Lighting Management Consultant (CLMC)
To find out more about NALMCO, we spoke with NALMCO’s representative on the organizing committee, Erik Ennen, CLMC, CLCP. Ennen sees NALMCO’s participation on the committee as a win-win for both organizations.
“I see NALMCO’s role on the ILC coordinating committee as a great opportunity for NALMCO to contribute to the DOE goal of 3.5 million luminaires replaced or newly installed by December 2019. On the NALMCO side, it contributes to awareness for our members."
Ennen emphasized this active role can be an impetus for the organization to promote the ILC program among its members, and he felt the ILC’s many recognition categories will be a good fit for the breadth of NALMCO’s membership.
“People tend to hear from the major companies and about big new construction projects but many of our members work in the retrofit market and on smaller projects,” continued Ennen. “What can we do to improve the lighting and efficiency in those buildings? How do we solve problems with controls or lighting levels, or change of use? This is a great way to capture what NALMCO is doing as an organization.”
Ennen currently is serving his second two-year term on the NALMCO Board of Directors. He also serves as chair of the certification committee; prior to that, he served four years as the co-chair of the certification committee. Ennen has been an active member of NALMCO since 2007. He holds the NALMCO CLMC and CLCP certifications; he also holds certifications from the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) and membership in six other regional and national building engineers and managers organizations.
In addition to his voluntary industry association activities, Ennen is the Facility Services Manager for the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE), a nonprofit started in 1979 to promote energy efficiency to strengthen the economy while improving the environment. CEE conducts technology and market assessments; provides technical assistance for commercial and industrial buildings; runs residential efficiency programs for and with utilities; offers education; advances clean energy policy at the local, state, and national levels; and offers financing for businesses, nonprofits, homeowners, and multifamily property owners for energy efficiency and rehabilitation, often in partnership with local cities.
Ennen acknowledges the NALMCO certifications helped him in his own work at CEE by enabling him to look at lighting and controls in a facility from a holistic viewpoint to maximize energy savings. He hopes NALMCO’s new role with the ILC may encourage others to achieve certification.
Ennen noted that NALMCO’s lighting controls certification has filled an industry need and several large organizations are turning to NALMCO for training.
“When we first launched the controls certification in 2016 in partnership with the Lighting Controls Association (LCA), Graybar—a national lighting and electronics installation company—came on board. They have about 100 people in their portfolio that were handling lighting controls quotes and resources. Their company mandate was to have everyone in that role be certified through NALMCO.”
Training organizations that are providing training and certification for the State of California Acceptance Test Technicians to certify compliance with the state’s lighting control standards are also using NALMCO’s certification course as the basis for their training. Ennen noted that many lighting controls manufacturers offer product-specific training, but NALMCO course participants have commented that they like the NALMCO training because it covers the range of topics start to finish and it is product-agnostic, not just focusing on one company’s products. Ennen explained that the course is offered on line so “you can work through it at your own pace, then take an exam on line to get certified and the certification is good for three years.”
“Lighting is really changing, with a million different products and very few standards for LEDs. NALMCO’s certifications help building owners know who to go to to find certified installers and designers, instead of having someone go through an installation that is sub-par or not what the client should have gotten.”
Technical lead Michael Myer said:
“NALMCO’s certification programs bring an industry message of professionalism and increased expertise, which pairs well with the ILC goal of identifying and acknowledging the best in effective lighting installations that maximize energy savings for building owners and their communities.”
For additional information on NALMCO, please visit www.NALMCO.org.