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Demonstration of a 100% solid-state lighting (SSL) building, the new Social Justice building at Siena College, Loundonville, NY.(26558)

Engineered Solutions


Sacco McKinney Architects and Engineered Solutions (the Contractor) is designing a new 20,000-square-foot academic building, the Center for Social Justice, for Siena College, in Loudonville, New York. Sacco is specifying 100% solid-state lighting (SSL) for the illumination. There are SSL products commercially available but they are underutilized in the marketplace. Underutilization is related to uncertainty regarding the technology's performance and cost-effectiveness, and high upfront costs relative to less energy-efficient lighting alternatives.

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Project Description

This project will install 100% SSL in the new Center for Social Justice, using off-the-shelf lighting fixtures manufactured by Zumtobel Lighting, Inc., Philips-DayBrite Lighting, Amerlux Lighting, and Beta-Calco Lighting. The project aims to use significantly less than the 1.2 W/square feet power allowed under the 2010 edition of the Energy Construction Code of New York State. The Contractor will develop, design and specify the lighting fixtures to be used, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Lighting Research Center (LRC) will conduct an independent evaluation of the demonstration. The results will be published in a DELTA (Design and Evaluation of Lighting Technologies and Applications) report that will be posted on the LRC's website and available for free download by the public.


Benefits include energy (kWh) and demand (kW) savings associated with using an energy-efficient light source; maintenance savings associated with the technology's long life (50,000 hours); and increased public awareness of the benefits of using SSL lighting products.

Project Results


Engineered Solutions
646 Plank Rd #104
Clifton Park, NY 12065

Principle Investigator

Eric Sheffer

Universities Involved

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Project Type:

Product Demonstration

Technologies Types:

Building Systems
Solid State

NYSERDA Contact Information

Marsha Walton


R&D - Buildings Research

Contract Details

Start Date: 6/14/2012
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: 26558

Last Updated: 10/11/2013