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Deployment Pathways

Innovation Challenges

IoT-Upgradeable Lighting Challenge

Over 30% of lighting energy use can be saved with better lighting information and control. Connected and ubiquitous sensing on upgradable lights will provide the platform to optimize lighting systems and integrate with other building operational systems to promote better building performance. The IoT-DOE invites manufacturers to participate in the Upgradeable Lighting Challenge, to meet demonstrated market potential, by developing a luminaire that can be upgraded with IoT devices/sensors.

Low-Cost Wireless Submetering Challenge

The U.S. Department of Energy issued the Low-Cost Wireless Metering Challenge encouraging manufacturers to produce a cost-effective, accurate, wireless system capable of measuring various electric loads within a building and wirelessly communicating the data. A wireless submeter costing less than $100 and meeting all the specification was recognized by DOE. This submeter can be deployed by building owners and operators to gain greater insight and control over the $120 billion spent annual on electricity in commercial buildings.

Technology Campaigns

The Next Frontier: Lighting as a Connector for Building Systems

Today’s leading-edge lighting systems are capable of communicating with other building systems to enable additional energy-saving opportunities while collecting valuable insights about a business’s operations. However, less than 1% of systems are currently connected. The Integrated Lighting Campaign is a public-private partnership program to catalyze adoption, provide technical assistance and recognition for best practices and to track metrics associated with integrated lighting system costs, benefits and applications.

Pushing the Envelope: Windows, Walls, Roofs

The building envelope (windows, walls, roofs) accounts for approximately 30% (or 4 Quadrillion Btu) of the primary energy consumed in commercial buildings.  Envelope systems are critical to the delivery of comfortable, productive, safe and health conditions in the building. The Building Envelope Campaign helps building owners and managers create more energy-efficient buildings by improving the performance of building envelopes in both new and existing buildings. This is achieved by setting goals for building envelope performance, determining available energy savings, and providing technical support and recognition to building owners and managers.

Search the following table for data and outcomes of real building demonstrations.