Friday, June 20, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (EDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Daylight Hour. A single hour when we ask you to TURN IT OFF.
Most offices have their lights on even when they are not needed. Spaces near exterior walls often receive enough daylight to work by, without the aid of electric lighting, but most often we leave the lights on anyway. This is a critical issue because the times when daylight is most available (summer afternoons) coincides with peak demand- the time at which we are demanding the most energy from the grid. This peak energy is the most expensive energy, and typically the dirtiest and most harmful to our global climate because the oldest, least efficient plants are brought online to meet this need. Our recent study, Let There Be Daylight, found that owners and tenants could save $70 million every year by introducing daylight responsive lighting systems. At the same time, balanced day-lit spaces are often the most pleasant to spend time in, and studies suggest these spaces promote our health and well-being, improve productivity and reduce absenteeism. A variety of lighting control systems are available that respond to the presence of daylight by reducing electric light levels- but these systems are not standard.
To demonstrate the availability of daylight and draw attention to this important issue Green Light New York is organizing the "Daylight Hour”- a single hour in the workday when we turn off the lights in day-lit spaces. Green Light will be tracking participants, promoting their involvement and efforts, and estimating the energy savings of the Daylight Hour to publicize the impact. This activity will act as a springboard to deliver programs and other resources on the strategies and technologies that enable the daylighting of office spaces.
Register your organization for the Daylight Hour, above.
You'll be asked for some basic information like:
- Name of organization
- Whether you are a building owner or tenant
- Daylight Hour ambassador contact info
- Estimate of the area of the spaces that will participate
- Quick description of the space types and lighting systems
Participants will be asked to post photos on Twitter or Facebook from their day-lit spaces at the beginning and the end of the Daylight Hour to demonstrate their participantion. Use #DaylightHour.
Prizes will be awarded to the most successful Daylight Hour participants for:
Big Kahuna: Most participating square footage
Social Butterfly: Social media posts with the greatest reach
Daylight Empire: Most comprehensive portfolio participation
Selfie Sultan: Best Instagram photograph
Precocious Poster: Most creative social media
Date & Time:
June 20th, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
To sponsor the Daylight Hour project contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
JOIN THESE FOUNDING PARTICIPANTS:
Sustainable Energy Partnerships
AND THESE PARTICIPANTS:
318 Technology Inc
AKF Group, LLC
Allen + Killcoyne Architects
American Efficient Lighting
Association of Energy Affordability (AEA)
Brooklyn Greenroof, LLC
Center for Active Design
CUNY Building Performance Lab
Direct Marketing Association
Domingo Gonzalez Associates
Green Light Sustainability Advisors
Linnaea Tillett Lighting Design, Inc.
Lockheed Martin Energy Solutions
Mertz Gilmore Foundation
New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission
New York Power Authority
NYC Energy Efficiency Corp. (NYCEEC)
O'Blaney Rinker Associates
Optimal Energy, Inc.
Renfro Design Group, Inc.
Smart Fiber Skylights
South Side Design & Building
Steven Winter Associates, Inc.
The Durst Organization
The Lower East Side Ecology Center
The Sallan Foundation
Urban Future Lab
Urban Green Council
Urban Green Energy
UW Integrated Design Lab
Watt Not, LLC
Westlake Reed Leskosky
Wildan Energy Solutions (which one)
Willdan Energy Solutions (which one)
WNUK SPURLOCK Architecture