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IFMA Foundation Releases Effective Lighting Solutions Guide

Written by Heidi Schwartz. Posted in Energy, FM Alert

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Published on February 09, 2010 with No Comments

The IFMA Foundation has released Lighting Solutions, a practical guide for introducing and advancing sustainable practices that revolve around proper illumination in commercial buildings. The guide is the fourth in the Sustainability “How-to” Guide Series released the IFMA Foundation.

Available free of charge, Lighting Solutions gives an overview of several keys to lighting initiatives, including:

  • Building a business case for sustainability through energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality;
  • Procurement of lighting components and systems, including lamp type, ballast selection, and controls;
  • Group re-lamping and the benefits of a wash and re-lamp program;
  • Alternative means of illumination, including the use of natural light and daylight harvesting;
  • De-lamping, maintaining light levels while decreasing energy use; and
  • Case studies that offer real-world insight into effective approaches.

The new guide was written by Bill Conley, CFM, CFMJ, IFMA Fellow, LEED AP, currently the managing director of the LEED®/Sustainability Development Group for Pacific Building Care, with the help of a cross section of subject matter experts in lighting and facilities management. The guide provides a practical point of reference for facilities managers across multiple industry sectors.

“Lighting is a critical component of energy costs and is the largest contributor to a commercial property’s electricity bill,” said Eric Teicholz, executive editor of the Sustainability “How-to” Guide Series. “This guide shows organizations how they can significantly lower total energy costs while at the same time improving lighting quality.”

For a free PDF of the guide, click this link: Lighting Solutions

About Heidi Schwartz

Heidi Schwartz

Schwartz joined Group C Media in April 1989 as managing editor of Today's Facility Manager (TFM) magazine (formerly Business Interiors) where she was subsequently promoted to editor/co-publisher of the monthly trade magazine for facility management professionals. In September 2012, she took over the newly created position of internet director for TFM's parent company, Group C Media, where she is charged with developing content and creating online strategies for TFM and its sister publication, Business Facilities. Schwartz can be reached at

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