STEP Webinar Now Available Online


InfoComm’s Sustainable Technology Environments Program or STEP seeks to learn from and complement LEED, which focuses on the shell and core of a building, by adding a rating system for the electronic systems that work within that shell and core.  The system, now in draft form, invites participation throughout the project — from AV program […]

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rAVe to Announce GreenAV Product Ratings System Coming in 2011: GreenPoints


We will be issuing guidelines in early 2011 for the AV Industry’s first and only GreenAV product points system. The system, dubbed rAVe GreenPoints, will be an objective ratings system that will have defined parameters for each AV product category (e.g., displays, control, signal routing and distribution, etc.) that will be easy to grade and […]

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Sanus Ships Power Conditioner

SANUS is now shipping the Foundations Component Series CAPC01 Rack Mounted Power Conditioner. The CAPC01 is rack mountable and features include: 11 fast-acting 2,400-Joule protected outlets Multi-mode LED display with indication of voltage, amps and power consumption to help monitor power usage and identify energy saving opportunities Dual-stage EMI/RFI filters Adjustable dual pull-out LED light […]

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NEC Adds Green Meter


With its mobile DLP projectors NEC NP64 and NP43, NEC Display Solutions launches the successors to its NP62 and NP41. Both models feature an autofocus function and simple operation with long lamp life and a brightness of 3000 and 2300 ANSI lumens, respectively, with a contrast ratio of 1,600:1. Both the NP64 and NP43 are […]

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AV is Dead. Long Live AV.


Scott Walker, CTS-D, LEED AP “Here lies Scott Walker, designer of slightly above-average AV systems.” A funny thing happens as we hit middle age. We begin to contemplate our own mortality and wonder what our tombstone might someday say. A few years back I came to the stark conclusion the above epitaph just wasn’t going […]

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Lutron: Dominating GreenAV Lighting Control


Did you know that lighting can account for up to 20 percent of a household’s yearly electricity usage, and up to 40 percent a year commercially? Well, according to Lutron, that’s the case! While it’s true that all dimmers save energy, that’s just the beginning of “green” lighting design. Lutron has also developed an extensive […]

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Crestron’s Go Green Initiative Aims to Help Integrators Program Eco-Friendly Systems


Started in 2006, Crestron’s Green initiative is interesting as it morphed into a program that’s educating programmers on how to design and program better eco-friendly systems. They do this with two green-oriented features: Eco-Manor: This is a programming tool that is used to educate homeowners, homebuilders and integrators on how to be green. It monitors […]

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Introducing rAVe GreenAV

rAVe [Publications] Partners with Scott Walker for New ePub – rAVe GreenAV rAVe [Publications] is announcing plans to publish a new monthly e-newsletter focused on GreenAV issues, dubbed rAVe GreenAV. It will feature past InfoComm president and founder of Waveguide Consulting, Scott Walker, as contributing editor. rAVe GreenAV will focus on energy efficient, environmentally conscious, […]

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Smart Buildings – Now or Never?


By Howard A. Nunes, CTS President/CEO, PepperDash In the world of residential AV, we routinely integrate all sorts of building sub-systems. Often called smart homes, this new generation of residence involves a high level of coordination and automation among entertainment, climate, lighting, security and more exotic systems such as fountains and driveway heaters. But home […]

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