Philadelphia bank launches energy-saving lighting initiative

The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia is aiming to cut its annual lighting bill by $200,000 (£125,420) with an energy-efficient lighting project.

With 13,500 light fixtures spread across nine storeys and 800,000 square feet of office space, the building is installing a "daylight management" system that can measure the amount of natural light in a room and adjust the lights accordingly, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The bank's facilities manager Chris Ivanoski explained that his aim is to set an example for major buildings introducing green measures while achieving major cost savings.

He told the newspaper: "This building was built in the 1970s with minimal thought toward energy consumption.

"The goal is to be green, but really the result is we save green."

Energy meters will help the bank's staff to monitor the impact of the new lighting system, while other measures are also being introduced to cut energy use, such as more efficient air conditioning and ventilation systems.

The building is one of the 12 regional Reserve Banks, along with the Board of Governors in Washington DC, that make up the Federal Reserve System in the US.
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Tuesday 6th October 2009


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