Going Green – PoE Lighting’s Impact on LEED 

POE lighting and LEED

Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) is a technology that allows one cable to provide power and controls to connected devices. Using quality Power Source Equipment (PSE), PoE technology can deliver up to 90 watts of power to end devices for each port on the PSE. Clients that choose a PoE smart building software solution will recognize significant benefits over a standard line voltage installation.  

These benefits include increased comfort and productivity, personalized lighting settings, automatic shade controls, sensors with people-counting capabilities, and keycard access control. A major advantage of using a PoE system is the ability to connect and communicate with other building systems. For example, shades in an office or apartment can open and close based on specific policies, combined with daylight harvesting sensors, improving the well-being of the occupant. Camera and security systems can also be connected to a PoE Lighting system, allowing for increased responsiveness from other building systems.  

MHT Technologies and PoE 

MHT Technologies has developed a PoE-based smart building software solution called Inspextor. This advanced platform can power and/or control virtually any LED lighting fixture, sensor, or low-voltage connected device, and is used to enhance smart building operations and efficiency. Inspextor offers detailed reporting capabilities and customizable controls that allow building owners, facility managers, and staff to create unique environments in their spaces. In addition to the energy savings and advanced functionality, Inspextor is competitively priced and easier to maintain when compared to traditional line voltage lighting and controls. Using Inspextor, you can expect a reliable and secure system that will allow you to communicate with other BMS platforms, sensors, applications, and technologies for centralized control of your smart building. 

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 Inspextor offers many features such as personalized lighting settings, automatic shade controls, sensors with people counting capabilities, and keycard access control. It also integrates smart sensors for automation, including occupancy detection, daylight harvesting, auto-dimming control, and monitoring of air quality and environmental metrics. Inspextor provides real-time monitoring and AI capabilities, allowing you to view all metrics in one easy-to-read dashboard in real time. Its advanced AI automates the platform based on environmental patterns, maximizing energy savings. Inspextor provides data-driven insights, a sustainability dashboard with AI-enabled suggestions for energy savings, and monitors energy consumption, resulting in 5-29% energy savings.  

Inspextor is secure, reliable, and flexible, with a Software Defined Network (SDN) created on a wired infrastructure that provides far greater security than wireless. It also provides Realtime security alerts that tie into your security systems, patented low-voltage battery back-up for emergencies, and cloud-based management that allows for remote monitoring and control. MHT Technologies has been a leading manufacturer of energy-efficient products in the USA for over 10 years, an ISO 9001:2015 certified lighting manufacturer, and a creator of innovative patented energy-efficient technology. Its world-class team of professionals, products, processes, and partners ensures that you get the best smart building solution for your needs. 

Related: 5 Advantages of Upgrading to PoE LED Lights in Data Centers – C&C Technology Group (cc-techgroup.com)

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What is LEED  

Green buildings are designed to be environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout the design and development of homes and business buildings. Building owners that integrate sustainability goals into their building design and operational process tend to operate more efficient and cost-effective green buildings. Owners will consider several factors when deciding on how best to achieve these goals such as site selection, types of materials used, equipment efficiencies, and overall energy consumption.  

Many building projects are evaluated on their sustainability efforts according to green building certifications. Some of the leading evaluation systems in the world are BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) developed in the UK in 1990 and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) developed in the United States. These accreditations are based on a point system framework and buildings are certified at different levels according to points achieved. LEED is one of the leading green building rating systems in the world, developed by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). In the LEED Certification system, buildings are evaluated on a 100-point scale and certified as LEED, LEED Silver, LEED Gold, and LEED Platinum. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and leadership. The importance of making a building green is that it helps reduce negative impacts on the natural environment by using less water, energy, and other natural resources; employing renewable energy sources and eco-friendly materials; and reducing emissions and other waste. Green buildings can even provide a net-positive impact in terms of generating their own energy or increasing biodiversity. 

MHT‘s Contribution to LEED Certification 

MHT’s products and services can help building owners achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification in the following ways:  

  • Integrative Process: MHT can support high-performance, cost-effective project outcomes by analyzing the interrelationships among systems and reducing energy consumption and initial cost with its products, such as Inspextor. 
  • Sustainable Sites: MHT can provide individual lighting controls for 90% of the building occupants with its Inspextor system, which allows users to adjust and set their lighting preferences via tablets or smartphones. MHT can also enable customization based on the occupant’s identity with advanced keycard readers and policies. 
  • Energy and Atmosphere: MHT can help meet the owner’s project requirements for energy, water, indoor environmental quality, and durability by supporting the commissioning and verification of PoE installation and performance with its experienced team and Inspextor system. MHT can also reduce the environmental and economic harms of excessive energy use by providing energy-efficient LED products and PoE Inspextor system with occupant and daylight sensors. MHT can also monitor energy usage at the building and system level, participate in demand response programs, and optimize energy performance with its Inspextor system. 
  • Indoor Environmental Quality: MHT can promote occupants’ productivity, comfort, and well-being by providing high-quality lighting with its LED products and Inspextor system. MHT can also connect building occupants with the outdoors, reinforce circadian rhythms, and reduce the use of electrical lighting by introducing daylight into the space with its circadian lighting products, advanced daylight harvesting controls, and integration with shade controllers. 
  • Innovation: MHT can demonstrate innovative and sustainable design strategies that go beyond the standard LEED requirements with its Inspextor system, which can optimize energy performance, support renewable energy production, and improve indoor lighting quality. MHT can also provide a LEED Accredited Professional as a principal participant of the project team. 
  • Regional Priority: MHT can contribute to regional credits that address geographically specific environmental, social equity, and public health priorities with its products and services. These credits may vary depending on the location of the project. 

Why Choose MHT Technologies to Further Your Green Initiative  

MHT Technologies is a leading provider of PoE-based smart building software solutions that can enhance the sustainability and efficiency of green buildings. By using MHT’s products and services, building owners can achieve significant benefits such as reduced energy consumption, improved occupant comfort and productivity, increased integration and security, and real-time data analysis. MHT’s Inspextor platform can also contribute up to 35 points towards LEED certification, one of the most widely recognized green building rating systems in the world. MHT Technologies is committed to delivering innovative and high-quality solutions that can help create a cleaner and greener future for the built environment. 

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Last Updated on January 20, 2024 by Josh Mahan

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