Office

Energy and Sustainability

Reduced energy usage directly translates to your bottom line. The long term savings can quickly repay the minimal capital investment.

Managing Your Energy Costs
Did you know?

  • Lighting accounts for as much as 25% of the energy used in commercial office buildings
  • Buildings account for almost half of the U.S. and Canada’s annual energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Globally, 76% of all power plant generated electricity is used just to operate buildings.
  • Buildings of less than 100,000 square feet account for 98% of commercial office space in the U.S.
  • Tenants are increasingly asking about “green” buildings in an effort to control their overall leasing costs. The U.S. Federal government must take building energy efficiency in consideration when leasing property.

According to BOMA (Building Owners & Managers Association) of the estimated 4.593 billion square feet of office space, nearly 70% of it, or 3.137 billion square feet, is at least 20 years old. Many of these buildings require renovation in order to remain competitive in the marketplace. When considering renovation and equipment upgrades, many building owners and managers are examining strategies to “green” their buildings and implement sustainable operations. They see the tremendous and immediate opportunity for property owners to increase net operating income and building asset value. Simply by upgrading to or installing new energy efficient lighting systems from SYLVANIA, you can achieve energy savings of up to 50%. And with the implementation of a building automation and lighting controls strategy, you can save up to an additional 25%.

You can save money by retrofitting old T12 fluorescent lighting systems with new high performance, SYLVANIA OCTRON® T8 and PENTRON® T5 reduced mercury lamps. More sustainable products like T8, T5, ceramic metal halide and LED retrofit lamps will lower energy consumption, extend lamp replacement intervals, and reduce your company’s carbon footprint.

Lighting for the Sustainable Office

To be considered sustainable, an office lighting system should:

  • Provide the highest quality of light possible.
  • Contain products with reduced levels of mercury.
  • Save energy.
  • Incorporate long life or extended life products.

Here are just a few reasons to use energy efficient, long life lighting systems:

  • Sustainable operations consume less resources, which leads to lower operating expenses and higher net operating income. (NOI)
  • Energy efficient lighting systems generate less heat, reducing the building’s HVAC cooling load and providing additional savings.
  • New energy efficient lighting systems increase a property’s resale value.
  • They deliver more comfortable illumination, providing employees with the ability to select light levels that are suitable and comfortable for specific tasks. In many cases, employees chose lower light levels, which translate into greater energy savings.
  • Be seen as a better neighbor. Taking a leadership role in improving your building’s environmental “footprint” demonstrates leadership and commitment to social responsibility and community benefit.

Give yourself credit for going green.
Incentives may be available to building owners to help offset the financial investment in new energy efficient systems. These include:
Allowing owners to use the money saved on energy bills to pay for the new system,
Utility incentive programs and state and federal tax incentive/rebate programs.

Industry sustainability standards for commercial buildings
A number of whole building rating systems have been developed to guide designers, architects and builders who incorporate green building strategies. These rating systems include ENERGY STAR® for buildings, Green Globes® and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®). SYLVANIA lighting system solutions can help you achieve and exceed many of the criteria for each of these rating systems, including energy efficiency, controllability of systems and low mercury content.

Shed some light on your energy usage and save valuable time with our lighting assessment.
Contact your SYLVANIA sales representative for a comprehensive analysis of your office’s lighting usage, including recommendations for every lamp, ballast, luminaire and lighting control in the building. Our lighting experts have the knowledge and experience necessary to properly evaluate your facility and help you choose lighting products that will yield both the greatest savings and the highest levels of performance. Best of all, our assessment will leave you with more time to tend to other pressing property management issues. There’s nothing to lose and so much savings to gain.

At OSRAM SYLVANIA, environmental sustainability is a continuous initiative that is built into the way we do business.
Meeting our needs today without compromising the resources needed by future generations, touches everything we do as a company. It’s all about reducing environmental impact, a commitment that goes beyond our products to include how those products are used, how they are manufactured and how they are packaged and distributed. Whether you’re interested in lowering your energy bills, avoiding frequent and costly maintenance, recycling programs or discovering our ECOLOGIC® products that contain little or no hazardous materials, OSRAM SYLVANIA can help support your green building strategy.