Hubbell Lighting, Greenville, S.C., recently launched GreenWise, an online resource intended to show building owners, building operators, facility managers and other decision makers responsible for operations the benefits of energy-conscious lighting principles. The company estimates 80 percent of the existing commercial buildings in the United States are still operating with lighting systems dating back to the 1980s and that the lighting retrofit market is huge.

To jump-start this on-going program, Hubbell Lighting will be distributing market-specific information directly through its national network of agents and through its new GreenWise web site. The website will offer virtual tours, including one where school officials can “walk through” a typical facility starting at the entrance and going on to the lobby, classrooms, hallways, gymnasium, private offices, school grounds, bus loading zones, sports fields and parking lots, among other areas. Energy-efficient lighting fixtures are identified and features and benefits are outlined for each location on the “tour.” Lamp choices are also explained with an overview of the pros and cons of each lamp type.