Reducing Costs with “Green” Lighting

Matthew Adam Properties is implementing a comprehensive lighting program that saves money for the properties it manages as well as helping to protect the environment and improving lighting quality, says Ira Meister, President and CEO.

This is possible through the exponential advances in LED (Light-Emitting Diode) lighting in the past decade.   The impact is seen in many areas of buildings the company manages, from the compactor rooms on each floor to the lobby.

Meister says Matthew Adam Properties coordinates with lighting companies that produce LED products to benefit from cutting-edge technology and the ability to customize the products.

“By taking advantage of the latest in technology as well as using professionals to guide us, we are making a difference,” Meister says.

While the initial cost of LED lighting is greater than for the standard lighting, long-term there are significant savings. LED uses less energy and adapts well with sensor lighting.  Another significant savings, particularly in larger buildings, is maintenance, Meister says. Less staff time is required to change light bulbs as LED lighting lasts many times longer than conventional lighting.

Some areas where Matthew Adam Properties has made improvements are:

Stairwells – Dual-timer systems are now installed in the stairwells of many buildings.  “We’ve replaced the standard lighting with low-intensity, energy-saving lighting that is on full time and supplement this with motion activated full lighting,” Meister says.

            Lobby – In addition to the environmental and cost savings, the new lighting   provides different light tones that accentuate lobbies and give them a more dramatic look.   Motion-sensor lighting is installed in mailroom areas to reduce energy usage.

            Compactor rooms – Motion-sensor lighting has been installed in many of these areas.

The lighting program is part of the company’s conservation program spearheaded by the Sustainability Division headed by Kendra Stensven.  Kendra is LEED certified, making Matthew Adam Properties one of the few, if not the only, management company with a LEED certified person heading a “Green” division.

“The division is part of our overall program to use innovative thinking and a professional approach to provide quality management for the buildings in our portfolio,” Meister says.

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