The Energy Policy Act of 2005 included a new tax incentive to improve the energy efficiency of commercial buildings. The “Commercial Building Tax Deduction” establishes a tax deduction for expenses incurred for energy-efficient building expenditures made by a building owner. The Commercial Building Tax Deduction Coalition, convened by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), is working to promote awareness and information about the provision’s benefits, and energy-efficiency improvements in commercial buildings.
IES is the official technical society of the lighting industry. Test procedures, recommended practices, and the major reference book for the industry, The Lighting Handbook, are a few of the contributions of this group.
NALMCO is an organization of lighting-management and related companies that are committed to promoting professional lighting-management techniques and the benefits of quality lighting, and to fostering the expansion of the lighting-management industry in a professional and ethical manner for the benefit of its members and end users.
The IBEW represents approximately 750,000 active members and retirees who work in a wide variety of fields, including utilities, construction, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, railroads, and government. The IBEW has members in both the United States and Canada and stands out among the American unions in the AFL-CIO because it is among the largest and has members in so many skilled occupations.
The International Dark-sky Association’s goals are to be effective in stopping the adverse environmental impact on dark skies by building awareness of the problem of sky glow and of the solutions, and to educate everyone about the value and effectiveness of quality nighttime lighting. IDA, incorporated in 1988, believes in a united approach that supports the many local and individual efforts. Much has been accomplished, but much more needs to be done. We believe that we can preserve dark skies and improve the nighttime environment for everyone. Quality outdoor lighting is the key. IDA can and will be supportive of members’ problems concerning these issues by sharing knowledge at the local, national, and international level. We are making a difference!
The International Landscape Lighting Institute (ILLI) encompasses all aspects of landscape-lighting design and education. The institute has two goals: The first is to disseminate knowledge related to landscape-lighting design through educational courses, providing a place that designers can look to for information to help them on their projects, and ultimately raising the bar for future generations of landscape-lighting professionals. The second is to preserve historical information about how landscape lighting started in the 1960s, how it has become an integral part of landscape design, and how it has developed over time, including the evolution of the techniques we use today.
The Lighting Controls Association (LCA), administered by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), is dedicated to educating the professional building design, construction, and management communities about the benefits and operation of automatic switching and dimming controls. These benefits include energy savings, flexibility, and higher-quality building environments.
The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) provides education, business-management guidance, and standardization of such vital processes as electronic commerce.
The National Association of Independent Lighting Distributors (NAILD) was founded in 1977 by a small group of lighting distributors. Since then it has grown to well over 180 members. Membership in the association is made up of specialty lighting distributors and vendor/manufacturers of lighting goods and supplies used in the operation of specialized lighting distributors.
The National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP) is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1991 to serve and protect the well-being of the public through effective and efficient lighting practice. Through a peer-review process, the NCQLP establishes the education, experience, and examination requirements for baseline certification across the lighting professions.
The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), founded in 1901, is the leading representative of a construction-market segment that comprises more than 70,000 electrical-contracting firms. The industry employs more than 650,000 electrical workers and produces an annual volume of more than $95 billion. NECA includes 120 U.S. chapters in addition to others in countries around the world. NECA is dedicated to enhancing the industry through continuing education, labor relations, current information, and promotional activities. It is the voice of the electrical-contracting industry, working to promote higher standards, quality workmanship, and training for a skilled workforce.
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), created in the fall of 1926 by the merger of the Electric Power Club and the Associated Manufacturers of Electrical Supplies, provides a forum for the standardization of electrical equipment, enabling consumers to select from a range of safe, effective, and compatible electrical products. NEMA has made numerous contributions to the electrical industry by shaping public-policy development and operating as a central, confidential agency for gathering, compiling, and analyzing market statistics and economic data.