The Game Changer in How Lighting Controls Work
Starfield Lighting Automation LLC
Founded in 1997 as Starfield Controls, Starfield Lighting Automation is a commercial lighting control specialist offering complete systems and a range of control components for conventional and addressable systems.
Product Innovation Awards
Starfield’s unique IRIS Intelligent Room Integration System received two 2016 innovation awards for Interior Lighting Control and a special judge’s citation for Most Unique, Schools.
Two major lighting system patents assure you integrated Daylight Harvesting and Occupancy sensors that really deliver the installation, maintenance, productivity and energy savings your customers expect. Our patented Adaptive Setpoint Daylighting and Distributed Master-Scout occupancy system give you and your customers integrated and automated control of any combination of DALI, 0-10, and Line ballasts and fixtures that deliver installation, maintenance and operations economies month in and year out.”
Starfield Lighting Automation – The Backstory
Many, if not most of today’s “Intelligent Building” life cycle design, construction, operations, maintenance, and quality assurance compliance and acceptance processes trace their lineage back to the 1990’s expansion of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) campus in the Flatiron foothills overlooking Boulder, Colorado in the 1990s. It is not a coincidence that this seminal “smart building” project corresponded with the commercial expansion of the Internet, distributed computing, complex systems modeling, and other contemporary data sharing and communications technologies, methods and practices.
Wayne Morrow founded the Starfield Controls companies in 1997 because he wanted to use his leadership experience on the NCAR project and 30 years of experience as a professional engineer, large commercial/industrial project manager, construction supervisor, QA and commissioning agent, and operations and maintenance manager of several world class commercial, institutional and government building projects. He had two principle objectives:
He estimated that it could take another 25 years to do this given pace of technology development and the standard practices of the commercial building design and construction industry of 1997.
In fact, it took 22 years.
Wayne insisted that in addition to industry standard open control protocols, Starfield’s technology had to support independently verifiable economic business performance metrics that conformed to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and were shaped by data-driven quality assurance metrics. These metrics had to support independent calculation and verification of quantifiable
- construction cost economies,
- operational energy consumption economies,
- environmental economies to include carbon footprint reduction,
- occupant health and comfort economies, and
- full lifecycle maintenance economies.
Starfield views each 21st century commercial building lifecycle stakeholder population - designers, contractors, owners, occupants, and maintenance professionals- as customers with unique and common needs. Accommodating their respective professional interests meant developing a set of business performance metrics that each of these lifecycle populations could use to quantify and verify the economic, energy, and environmental benefits of Starfield’s products and quality assurance focus. They had to be easy to understand, easy to quantify, and easy to independently verify. This meant they had to be tangible, repeatable, and conform to GAAP. Starfield’s quality assurance driven lifecycle performance metrics are:
- 25%-50% lower installation materials and labor costs
- 50%-70% lower building lighting system energy consumption
- 50%-70% lower carbon footprint
- 30%-50% reduction in maintenance costs
- 30%-50% increase in occupant productivity and comfort
- 30%-50% reduction in occupant related illnesses and injuries
- 50% increase in lighting systems durability and flexibility.
As an essential element of every major construction program, quality assurance is a justifiable direct cost with no associated cash flow requirement. By treating lighting as an essential element of building quality spanning design, construction, operations, occupancy, and maintenance throughout the life of the building Starfield’s metrics make it possible for designers, contractors, owner/operators, and facilities maintenance managers to calculate, measure and quantify expected rates of returns on their respective investments in the life of the building. This is a significant step forward for the American construction industry, and specifically for intelligent building design and construction budget justification and cost control.
The results of Starfield’s practical odyssey is available today in the TR 688 family of IRIS (Intelligent Room Integration System) controls.