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Energy codes might not be the first thing that comes to mind on the topic of lighting design and performance. However, codes and standards are in place to ensure that both building structures and systems achieve a certain level of performance and, increasingly, innovation. As behaviors, technologies and best practices advance, so should the codes and incentives to reinforce them and drive them ever further. In this edition of ALG Online News, find out how lighting control rebates have changed from state to state in a new ALG Connections, what's ahead for energy codes and standards as they relate to lighting controls in Chapter Spotlight, and the latest lighting news and events in What's New.
| |Lighting control rebates have tripled
Lighting has always played a strong role in utility rebates and incentives. The number of rebate programs available for lighting controls has almost tripled since 2009, covering occupancy and vacancy sensors, photosensors, daylight dimming systems and automatic time-based controls. Currently, rebates and other incentives covering lighting controls are available in 47 of the 50 states. Our latest ALG Connections piece highlights a recent Lighting Controls Association article by ALG Online contributing author Craig DiLouie. Read the latest ALG Connections (PDF) for more on the upswing in incentives, an interactive map link and rebate comparisons between retrofits and new construction.
Controls, Energy Codes and Standards
Energy codes provide a minimum standard of energy efficiency in the construction, and increasingly the performance, of buildings. They are approved by law for each state or local jurisdiction and enforced by local code officials. For lighting controls, the general trend is toward application of mandatory lighting control requirements in more space types, certain space types that must be served by controlled daylighting, and availability of lighting power allowance adjustment credits based on adoption of select advanced control strategies.
By October 18, 2013, all states must adopt a commercial building energy code at least as stringent as ASHRAE/IES 90.1-2010, or justify why they cannot comply. For more details on mandatory provisions for lighting controls, visit ALG Online's Lighting Controls chapter section, Controls, Energy Codes & Standards.
Lighting Controls outlines the energy and environmental impacts of lighting followed by the policies, codes and programs as well as design and construction standards that aim to address and minimize those impacts. Read on for detailed updates about control systems and equipment. Not a subscriber? Join now or try 5 days of free access.