Study Shows Convia Programmable Infrastructure Saves Energy


Chicago (December, 2006) - A recently released report shows that Convia programmable infrastructure, a next-generation electrical and data system that was recently introduced at Greenbuild 2006, offers significant energy savings.


Conducted by The Weidt Group, an independent engineering consultant for high-performance buildings, the study concluded that a standard office building using Convia programmable infrastructure would gain 6 percent to 30 percent in annual energy savings as compared to the ASHRAE standard 90.1-2004, the current energy benchmark for buildings.


Furthermore, Convia's flexibility offers the potential to recapture energy savings of 20 percent to 60 percent that are otherwise lost when implemented with traditional electric systems. A copy of the energy report can be downloaded from


The new Convia system is a modular, programmable infrastructure for both power and data that offers "plug-and-play" connections for any interior light, electrical device or control. This ease of installation and reconfiguration allows owners or tenants to readily change the lighting and other devices in their physical space in moments, at little or no cost. The Weidt Group's study focused on the value of Convia programmable infrastructure's flexibility and evaluated the system's overall energy savings, the simplicity of adjusting and correcting energy-efficiency settings, and the cost of space-use changes in an average office building of 194,000 square feet.


Energy savings, indoor environmental quality and flexibility are recognized as important factors in a building's financial health, including its ability to attract and retain quality tenants and employees. However, they are often compromised by tenant churn, the inability to easily reconfigure physical space, and the restrictive costs of implementing energy efficient controls. In addition, lighting represents an approximate average of 25 percent to 60 percent of energy consumption in a building, but energy efficiency strategies are often not implemented, as they require more flexibility than traditional electric can accommodate economically. The study showed that the flexibility of Convia programmable infrastructure—which makes it easier to add or change controls as needed and move or change the location of sensors based on occupant preferences—allows for significantly less expensive adjustments during both installation and throughout the life-cycle of the building.


Therefore, strategies such as daylighting controls are more likely to be implemented successfully with Convia programmable infrastructure as opposed to traditional electrical systems and at a much lower cost. The report also found that buildings utilizing combinations of such controls offered the largest savings, with values near 30 percent.


"With energy costs rising and the increasing emphasis on protecting our environment, building owners, architects and designers alike are looking for ways to save both money and natural resources," says Randy Storch, president, Convia. "Convia programmable infrastructure offers one simple solution to address both of these challenges."

"Go Reconfigure"


Convia programmable infrastructure is a modular electrical infrastructure that delivers "plug-and-play" power virtually anywhere within a commercial space without requiring hardwiring of devices or switches. Eliminating the constraints of traditional electrical systems, this next-generation infrastructure invites architects, interior designers, electrical contractors, building owners and tenants to "go reconfigure" and create flexible, sustainable environments that can be easily—and instantly—modified or upgraded. Using infrared technology via a secure, remote control "wand," Convia offers programmable electricity and allows all users to install, upgrade or relocate any electrical device (e.g. lighting fixtures, security cameras, electronic displays, thermostats, speakers, etc.), switch or sensor in moments.



About Convia Inc.

Convia, a Herman Miller Company, seeks to change the way people design, build, personalize and manage space. Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Chicago, Convia is dedicated to offering customers agile and programmable building environments, which allow for radically flexible spaces. For more information about Convia programmable infrastructure, visit


About Herman Miller Inc.

Herman Miller helps create great places to work, heal, learn, and live by researching, designing, manufacturing, and distributing innovative interior solutions that support companies, organizations, and individuals all over the world. The company's award-winning products, complemented by furniture management and strategic consulting services, generated more than $1.7 billion in revenue during fiscal 2006. Herman Miller is widely recognized for both its innovative products and business practices and is a recipient of the prestigious National Design Award for product design from the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. For additional information, visit


For more information about this release, contact Melissa Aiello, Stern + Associates, at (908) 276-4344,; or contact Mark Schurman, Herman Miller Inc., at (616) 654-5498,