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LIGHTING MATTERS® and Energy Codes

There are numerous codes and standards written to regulate and/or recommend energy use for lighting. The codes may be national, state or local. It is imperative to meet them for building occupancy. Generally, the most stringent code governs the design and installation of systems. ASHRAE 90.1 is performance data used to guide the industry. Most, but not all, energy codes are based on their standards. These standards are updated at regular intervals and may or may not be adopted by government entities.

There are other standards that dictate lighting energy consumption. One that is currently prevalent is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). This is a voluntary certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance buildings. Documentation is required to prove compliance and is dictated by the specific code, standard or guideline. Code compliance can be like a moving target. Government agencies adopt codes, and may or may not adopt addenda as codes are modified. Energy code compliance provides the foundation for sustainable design.

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