Energy Saving Lighting System in New Silver Gardens Garage is First of its Kind in Albuquerque

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Induction Lighting System to Slash Energy Bills by Over 40 Percent Green Screen to Cool Building & Clean Air

Romero Rose and Jonathan Rose Companies constantly strive to provide the greenest and most energy efficient systems in all of our projects

Romero Rose, LLC, the Albuquerque affiliate of Jonathan Rose Companies, has installed a state-of-the-art induction lighting system in the new City-owned two-level, 200-space parking garage adjacent to Silver Gardens Apartments, a $12.5 million energy efficient and environmentally friendly four-story mixed-income rental apartment development recently constructed on the site of a former Greyhound Bus terminal in downtown Albuquerque, NM.

The new garage serves Silver Gardens residents, as well as residents of Elements Townhomes, a $21.3 million, 72-home cluster of energy-efficient and environmentally friendly for-sale townhomes at the corner of Third and Lead streets, and retail tenants of Green Commons, a green commercial development designed to help drive the economic revitalization of Albuquerque’s emerging downtown neighborhood. Excess capacity will be available to the general public on a limited basis.

The garage will also be clad in a ‘green screen’ – a living wall that will cool the building and help clean the air. A two story metal screen has been attached to the exterior walls, and ivy planted at the base will grow to cover most of the visible surfaces of the garage, making it both softer on the eye and easier on the environment.

The new lighting system is expected to realize a 42% annual energy cost reduction representing a savings of $3,900 a year [to whom – the City?]. It will reduce the projected electrical load for the new garage by 47% compared to the metal halide fixtures that were initially specified for the garage. Romero Rose projects that in just two and a half years they will recoup the extra costs of this system versus the costs of the metal halide system.

In contrast with all other electrical lamps that use electrical connections through the lamp envelope to transfer power to the bulb, the induction lighting system uses “electrode-less” lamps in which the power needed to generate light is transferred from the outside of the lamp envelope by means of electromagnetic fields .

There are two advantages of eliminating electrodes. The first is extended bulb life, because the electrodes are usually the limiting factor in bulb life. The second benefit is the ability to use light-generating substances that would react with metal electrodes in normal lamps. Unlike an incandescent lamp or conventional fluorescent lamps, there is no electrical connection going inside the glass bulb; the energy is transferred through the glass envelope solely by electromagnetic induction In other conventional gas discharge lamps, the electrodes are the part with the shortest life, limiting the lamp lifespan severely. Since an induction lamp has no electrodes, it can have a very long service life. For induction lamp systems with separate ballast, the service life can be as long as 100,000 hours, which is 11.4 years of continuous operation, or 22.8 years if used at night or day only. The electrode-less lamps are 50% more efficient than compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).

“Romero Rose and Jonathan Rose Companies constantly strive to provide the greenest and most energy efficient systems in all of our projects,” said Theresa Bell of Romero Rose. “This process doesn’t end when the construction process begins. We are constantly looking for ways to improve the environmentally responsible methods and materials we use in all of our projects.”

About Jonathan Rose Companies LLC: Jonathan Rose Companies is a green real estate policy, planning, development, owner's representative and investment firm. The firm currently manages over $1.5 billion of work, much of it in close collaboration with not-for-profits, towns and cities. Founded in 1989 by Jonathan F.P. Rose as a mission-based, multi-disciplinary practice, Jonathan Rose Companies is recognized for its ability to achieve visionary goals through practical strategies and affordable green urban solutions. The firm currently has offices in New York, Connecticut, Colorado and New Mexico. For more information, visit


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