Lutron helps Liberty University plan for the future with scalable, energysaving building systems.

Aug. 1, 2015
Liberty University Case Study

"Networked, digital control allowed us to standardize across the campus and deliver customized results depending on the specific building purpose and the way occupants utilize lighting control. The wireless systems also help us reduce installation and materials cost, and meet aggressive construction time lines while ensuring that the systems deliver comfortable, energy-efficient light,” said Charles Spence, Senior VP for Planning and Construction at Liberty University.

Liberty University has deployed an aggressive lighting control strategy to maximize energy savings in its facilities. The use of vacancy sensors in many areas maximizes the amount of time the lighting is in the off state, while providing the appropriate amount of light in areas only when they are occupied.

Daylight harvesting where windows are present adds to this savings by turning lights down or off when the space is occupied and natural daylight is present. The ability to control the daylight contribution though automated window shades ensures daylight is managed to reduce glare and heat, and always maximize the occupants’ comfort.

This reduction in heat also delivers energy savings by reducing the HVAC cooling requirements for the building. The combination of these strategies is targeted to reduce the lighting energy requirements by 65%.

Many of the controls utilized in the lighting and shade control strategies above are wireless. This allows installation teams to stay ahead of aggressive construction schedules by minimizing labor, material & waste when compared to wired solutions. The labor savings estimates are significant, eliminating 70% of the labor from the installation of similar, wired controls.


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