Lighting codes, including, ASHRAE/IES 90.1, the IECC, California’s Title 24 and the Seattle Energy Code, have mandated the lighting industry to become more energy-efficient. Lighting is now close to the theoretical limit of minimizing power – which, with currently available technologies at their maximum efficiency, is about 97 percent less than 1973. A good code should prevent bad design, embracing emerging technology, but it must also respect good design and reduce the heavy cost of compliance. The industry needs to realize the accomplishments made in energy reduction, and understand that 100 percent of energy cannot be saved. Or can it?
Energy Conservation / Renewable Energy
Health, Safety and Welfare
-The business of compliance – simulations, forms, permitting, construction, inspection, training, and updates.
-The heavy cost and bureaucracy of writing codes, code changes, and ongoing compliance.
-Do we need better codes? Prescriptive or outcome-based?
-Can we have less frequent changes, and be more technology neutral?
-Can we regain control of the codes from those who don’t design and build buildings?
-Can the codes be easier, as well as faster to design, build, and inspect?
James Benya, PE, FIES, IALD, Principal, Benya Burnett Consultancy
LEDSS WA S4