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Acuity Brands’ Lithonia Lighting and Sensor Switch help Minneapolis Public Housing Authority Achieve Substantial Energy Savings

ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI; “Company”), a market leader in innovative energy-efficient lighting and control solutions, is proud to announce that it was selected by the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (“MHPA”) to provide LED lighting solutions designed to reduce maintenance and energy costs and achieve sustainability goals.

“The luminaires are beautiful, and you cannot tell the difference between a traditional fluorescent lighting system and the RTLED”

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The MPHA has operated as an independent agency since 1991, though public housing has existed in Minneapolis since the 1930s. Today, the MPHA owns and operates approximately 5,800 public housing units, administers more than 4,000 Section 8 vouchers, a program providing federal housing assistance for low income renters and home owners, and operates two homeownership programs. As part of its ongoing renovation efforts, the MPHA is always looking for ways to be more cost efficient and sustainable. This was the goal when the MPHA began remodeling a 25-story high-rise senior apartment complex in 2009. In 2010, the MHPA installed more than 125 Acuity Brands’® Lithonia Lighting® RTLED™ luminaires and more than 375 RT5D LED luminaires throughout a senior high-rise facility. The new LED lighting is being used in all the common areas, including hallways, stairwells, offices, kitchens and boiler rooms.

To achieve even greater energy efficiency, the MPHA also installed Acuity Brands’ SensorSwitch® occupancy sensors, creating an intelligent lighting and controls solution. About a year later, the senior facility has reduced the energy consumption associated with this lighting application by more than 77 percent, the carbon dioxide emissions by 76 percent and the maintenance costs by 58 percent. “This is a critical impact for our agency and taxpayers, especially in a time of reduced public revenues,” said John Plifka, MPHA manager of facilities and development.

The aesthetics of the lighting is another critical benefit. “The luminaires are beautiful, and you cannot tell the difference between a traditional fluorescent lighting system and the RTLED,” said Shawn Meyer, LC, LEED A.P. with Davis & Associates, the lighting professionals who consulted the MPHA.

MPHA plans to continue installing LED lighting in its facilities. “The RTLED lighting system is working perfectly and the feedback from residents and property management staff has all been positive,” continued Plifka. “I am very proud of our new LED lighting system; I truly believe this is the future of lighting design.”

The RTLED is a high-quality, volumetric recessed luminaire that delivers ambient white light uniformly throughout an entire space while reducing energy and maintenance costs and a building’s environmental footprint. Powered by an advanced LED light engine, the RTLED luminaire delivers an expected 50,000 hour system life and a superior lighting environment, including high color rendering (80+ CRI), 3500K color temperature, and full range dimming with 0-10V DC control. With the widest array of sensors offered from any manufacturer, Acuity Brands’ Sensor Switch provides an innovative and cost-effective lighting controls solution for every application. Its occupancy sensors and photocell products utilize the most advanced technology in the industry, all while being simple to install and easy to use. Both product families are available nationally through Acuity Brands’ Lithonia Lighting sales representatives and authorized distributors.

For more information, please visit the Acuity Brands, Lithonia Lighting and Sensor Switch websites and Acuity Brands’ YouTube Channel. You can also become a fan of Acuity Brands, Lithonia and Sensor Switch on Facebook and follow Lithonia Lighting on Twitter®.

About Acuity Brands

Acuity Brands, Inc. is a North American market leader and one of the world’s leading providers of luminaires, lighting control systems and related products and services with fiscal year 2010 net sales of over $1.6 billion. The Company’s lighting and system control product lines include Lithonia Lighting®, Holophane®, Peerless®, Mark Architectural Lighting™, Hydrel®, American Electric Lighting®, Gotham®, Carandini®, RELOC®, Antique Street Lamps™, Tersen®, Renaissance Lighting®, Winona Lighting®, Synergy® Lighting Controls, Sensor Switch®, Lighting Control & Design™, DTL®, ROAM® and Sunoptics™. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Acuity Brands employs approximately 6,000 associates and has operations throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

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