News : Smuttynose facility pulling out all the stops

Oct 11, 2013

Originally published in the Portsmouth Herald on October 4th, 2013

HAMPTON — Michael D. Fontaine helped write the book on electrical safety codes and often trains project managers. But on Thursday, at the in-progress Smuttynose Brewing Co. brewery, he got to see firsthand some of his theory being put into practice.

As one walks along the halls of the brewery on Towle Farm Road, which are still largely empty and awaiting large brewing equipment, the light-emitting diodes come on as one enters, and shut off after one passes through. They are about one-and-a-half times more efficient than the sort of lights one would typically find in the rafters above industrial equipment, and are equipped with motion sensors that allow them to operate only when needed, officials said.

"At a normal place like this, you'd turn the fluorescent lights on and they'd burn all day," said Don Ogert, an Interstate Electrical Services project superintendent at the Smuttynose site.

Fontaine has been an engineer for 35 years, an electrician, and an editor of the National Fire Protection Association's Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace. He certainly is aware of technology like this, but he said he doesn't always have the chance to visit job sites and see it in action.

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