The latest lighting technology for parking areas quickly pays for itself and can reap energy savings of up to 70%, according to the U.S. Dept. of Energy.
The Department has promoted its Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign to support participants in their efforts to upgrade and install energy-efficiency equipment and lighting controls in over 540 million sf of parking facilities since 2012. That effort has translated into savings of 137 million kWh a year, or $14.79 million in electricity savings.
LED products have made the fastest inroads in outdoor applications, DOE says, with a penetration rate of 32.5% in parking garages and 26.2% in parking lots in 2016. LEEP is a collaboration between the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA), International Facility Management Association (IFMA), International Parking Institute, and the Better Buildings Alliance, with technical support from the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
LEEP Campaign resources, including tools, case studies, and guidance materials designed to make it easy for facility owners and managers to adopt high-efficiency lighting and controls systems for parking facilities are available at: http://www.leepcampaign.org/