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Free DOE Webtool Outlines Multiple Paths to Big Lighting Energy Savings in Office Buildings by Craig DiLouie, Lighting Controls Association

The DOE has unveiled the Commercial Lighting Solutions for Office webtool. Available free at, CLS for Office provides customizable lighting and control templates enabling building owners to generate more than 30% lighting energy savings compared to office buildings complying with prevailing energy codes. The Federal stimulus targeted $5 billion to upgrade Federal buildings, with an estimated $1 billion being spent on lighting. The CLS for Office webtool was fast-tracked by DOE to support Federal facility managers who will be looking for solutions. Meanwhile, the Energy Policy Act of 2005 requires all new nonresidential Federal buildings to exceed ASHRAE 90.1-2004 by 30%.