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EC MAGAccording to Access Control & Security Systems, Liberty Mutual Insurance has integrated lighting, access control, CCTV surveillance and alarm management into a system designed in-house that manages security at the company's 40 or so buildings in the United States, including its 10-story Boston headquarters, through Liberty's local and wide-area networks.

Increased security is not the only benefit to have emerged from the integration. By incorporating lighting management into the security management system, savings of about $5,000 per floor in energy costs have been realized at Liberty's Boston headquarters.

Prior to the installation, security officers typically turned off main floor and lobby lights during evening rounds at about 11:30 p.m. Now, lighting is turned off automatically at an earlier hour and turned back on only as needed.

"We have more control over which lights go on and off after business hours and on weekends," said Steven L. Porter, the chief electrician for Liberty Mutual and designer of the system. "If an employee comes in to work on the third floor, for instance, only those lights will go on, and they will automatically time out. Previously, a greater area of lights may have been turned on. When the employee leaves, the lights will go off according to the preset internal time clock."

In the near future, lighting will be activated automatically after hours through integration with access control systems. Thus, when an employee uses his ID proximity card badge to gain access to the building, the lights will be turned on automatically on the employee's floor and in his office. CCTV also is integrated into the system, with cameras activated when the access control system triggers an alarm.Copied from EC Mag website with permission





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Unlike plastic / metal kit lighting, the FX system is comprised of architectural grade components engineered to be specified and installed by professionals. The effects shown on this page cannot be performed with “kit” lighting.


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No other manufacturer has made the commitment to incorporating expensive non-ferrous materials into an affordable landscape lighting fixture line. FX uses materials such as 304 Stainless Steel, 6061 T6 Aluminum Alloy, Copper and Brass which is the reason why FX has never had a fixture back on a warranty basis because of corrosion! Few other fixture manufacturers can make that statement.


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There might be fixtures on the market that look prettier initially — at FX we are committed to making your lighting investment a long term contribution to your landscape project and an enjoyable experience to own. Most of the products in this catalog have been manufactured for years and have withstood the test of time by combining smart design with features that allow for easy and low cost service.

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For high performance and predictable lamp life use our Transformers only. The FX transformer is specifically designed for the high tech lamps used in our fixtures — the use of inferior power supplies can cause premature lamp failure and other problems including the risk of fire.


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Our Factory and Field staff leads the industry in experience and enthusiasm. If you are a design professional we can assist you with plan development. As an installer you will value our field training and technical support. Project owners can count on our friendly 800# support for answering maintenance or service questions. FX is distributed through a select network of distributors that have demonstrated a commitment to local product knowledge and support.  


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Report: Danger from electrical work in Iraq severe 

NEW YORK - Inferior electrical work by private contractors on U.S. military bases in Iraq is more widespread than the Pentagon has acknowledged, according to a published report. 

  • A Senate panel investigating the electrocutions of Americans on bases in Iraq was told last week by former KBR Inc. electricians that the contractor used employees with little electrical expertise to supervise subcontractors in Iraq and hired foreigners who couldn't speak English.Senate HearingAP Photo: In this July 11, 2008 file photo, Jeffrey Bliss testifies before the Senate Democratic Policy...
  • The Pentagon has said 13 Americans have been electrocuted in Iraq since September 2003. It has ordered Houston-based KBR to inspect all the facilities it maintains in Iraq for electrical hazards. The New York Times reported on its Web site Thursday night that many more people have been injured, some seriously, by shocks, according to internal Army documents. A log compiled this year at one building complex in Baghdad disclosed that soldiers complained of receiving electrical shocks in their living quarters almost daily, the paper reported. 
  • During just one six-month period August 2006 through January 2007 at least 283 electrical fires destroyed or damaged American military facilities in Iraq, including the military's largest dining hall in the country, according to the documents obtained by the Times. An Army survey issued in February 2007 said electrical problems were the most urgent noncombat safety hazard for soldiers in Iraq. KBR, which is responsible for providing basic services, including housing, for American troops in Iraq, said last week that its investigation had not turned up evidence of a link between its work and the electrocutions. The Army report, however, said KBR did its own study and found a "systemic problem" with electrical work, according to the Times. 




More States Encouraging Energy Efficiency

by Rick Laezman
Published: May 2008

Spend or save? It's the age-old question facing anyone with a checkbook and a piggy bank. Now, policymakers are applying the same concept to the public’s consumption of power.

While states continue to pursue and promote greater use of renewable power to help address global climate change and energy shortages, many also are looking at efficiency as a policy tool to help them achieve the same goal. Call it the piggy bank approach. This spring, two states adopted standards to achieve energy savings through greater efficiency at the utility and consumer levels.

In February, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson signed legislation strengthening the state’s Efficient Use of Energy Act. The legislation directs electric and gas utilities to provide cost-effective and achievable energy--efficiency resources to their customers. Mirroring the state’s renewable portfolio standard, which requires utilities to derive a minimum amount of power from alternative energy sources, the law also establishes an efficiency standard for providers. Electric utilities must achieve a savings of at least five percent from their 2005 sales levels through efficiency measures by the year 2014. That number increases to 10 percent by 2020.

To meet the requirements of the changes, utilities in New Mexico could fund and implement a variety of programs, such as rebates for energy-efficient appliances, compact fluorescent lamp exchanges and home weatherization assistance. The law also declares that it is necessary to provide financial incentives for energy efficiency and load-management resources and that energy-efficiency programs must be cost effective and less expensive than pursuing new sources of supply.

Following New Mexico’s lead, Vermont also has approved a bill that will promote energy efficiency and renewable energy throughout the state.

Vermont’s Energy Efficiency and Affordability Act of 2008 creates a new $4 million fuel-efficiency fund that will be financed from existing revenues and from the sale of emission credits. Among other things, the new law expands net metering to include renewable energy systems up to 250 kilowatts in capacity, up from only 15 kilowatts, and allows for combined heat and power systems up to 20 kilowatts in capacity.

The bill also doubles the cap on net-metered systems to 2 percent of the peak demand as of 1996. It allows farms to have Rickall their electric meters consolidated on paper into one net-metered system, and it allows groups of buildings, such as a school district or town center, to also be consolidated on paper into one net-metered system.

Clean Air Welcome TightFitKitContacrtContacrt The quality of air in a building often determines the quality of life for the people inside. HowClean HVAC systems can become breeding grounds for disease-causing bacteria, molds, mildew and viruses. These contaminants can quickly spread throughout a building, and may cause health problems such as allergies, nausea, respiratory diseases and asthma. The best way to stop this contamination is to attack it where it lives: inside your air conditioning system. The Fresh-Aire family of germicidal UV light products is your environmentally-friendly solution to indoor air pollution. Our products harness the power of ultraviolet light to damage and kill microbes commonly found inside air conditioning systems and ductwork. Ultraviolet light has been scientifically proven to reduce mold, fungus, viruses and other microscopic organisms that thrive indoors. We offer the complete range of Fresh-Aire UV products and services to meet all of your air purification needs

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