The Apartment Therapy family, as a whole, really cares about the environment. We can't go a day without one or twelve eco-friendly posts. So it's good to know that Olympians care as much about energy-efficient lighting as we do. Beijing is committed to reducing energy and water consumption. The Olympic Village is using Echelon's LonWorks® technology to create an energy efficient lighting control system...
We all know that lighting can consume as much as a third of the electricity used in a building, so the Olympic Village was a prime candidate for implementing the Olympic energy efficiency plan.
The Olympic Village is the largest non-competition venue in Beijing. The Village has over 370,000 square meters of apartment space and facilities such as general information centers, meeting rooms, medical clinics, religious centers, multiple restaurants, a library, parking areas, and entertainment and leisure activity centers.
The smart LonWorks-based control system integrates lighting subsystems for the apartments, public areas, car park areas, and all landscape and beautification lighting.
But the Unplggd edge is that the system is designed to enhance the beauty of the Village by illuminating architectural details on the buildings and entry arches into the Village, as well as various landscape features such as water fountains.
It's significantly more space than any of us has to worry about, especially for you "Small Cool" 300-square-foot residents, so this should serve as motivation. If you haven't yet made the switch to CFLs, now is the perfect time.
More information about Echelon and the Olympic Village is found here.