The Energy Department today announced a new webinar designed to support the new Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign, which the Department serves as a technical advisor. The industry-led LEEP Campaign helps commercial building owners and managers to implement energy efficient lighting solutions in their parking facilities, offering technical and financial advice to participating organizations that will help them save money by saving energy. Organized by the Building Owners and Managers Association International, the Green Parking Council, and the International Facility Management Association, LEEP aims to support energy efficient lighting upgrades on 100 million square feet of parking facility space by February 2014.
Most parking lots, facilities, and garages are illuminated by older high-intensity discharge (HID) lighting technology without any energy-saving controls. When installed correctly, state-of-the-art energy efficient lighting technologies can last two to five times longer than traditional outdoor lights. These lighting systems also pay for themselves quickly by cutting energy costs up to 70% and maintenance costs up to 90% compared to the older lighting technologies they are replacing.
The Energy Department and LEEP Campaign organizers will host a webinar on Thursday, September 27 to introduce the campaign, share strategies that businesses have used to implement high-efficiency lighting technologies, and answer questions from participants. The webinar will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
Building owners and managers who join the LEEP Campaign will have access to technical guidance including the Department’s Commercial Building Energy Alliance LED Site (Parking Lot) Lighting Specifications and Commercial Building Energy Alliance High-Efficiency Parking Structure Lighting Specifications. Additionally, the campaign leverages the Department’s Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency to help participants find financial incentives to improve lighting efficiency. Campaign participants are encouraged to use these tools and resources to evaluate their facility portfolios and identify feasible and cost-effective options for applying high-efficiency lighting technologies.
Campaign participants that achieve notable energy savings will receive recognition from LEEP and will be profiled on the campaign’s website. The deadline for submitting project information to the campaign is November 29, 2013. Results and recognition will be announced by LEEP in February 2014. Recognition categories include:
- Highest absolute savings at a single site: retrofit
- Highest absolute savings at a single site: new construction
- Highest percentage savings at a single site: retrofit
- Highest percentage savings at a single site: new construction
- Best use of controls
- Largest number of sites upgrades
- Largest portfolio-wide energy savings
- Largest percentage of sites upgraded.
Interested participants are encouraged to register for the September 27 webinar. Organizations that do not directly own or manage parking lots or structures are eligible to join the campaign as supporting partners. Read additional information about the LEEP Campaign.