As a representative of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES), I was fortunate to participate in creating a new Advanced Design Guide in collaboration with building industry experts from a number of disciplines and professional organizations. This document is the latest in a series of design guides developed by ASHRAE in collaboration with other professionals to provide building owners and their designers and contractors with recommendations and techniques that will allow them to produce energy efficient environments well below the mandatory energy savings and efficiency standards dictated by typical energy codes.

ASHRAE’s newest design guide, The Advanced Energy Design Guide for Grocery Stores, provides a sensible approach to reaching advanced levels of energy savings. The guide offers tools and recommendations needed for achieving a 50% energy savings compared to buildings that meet the minimum requirements of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004. Although the baseline for targeted 50% energy savings is 90.1 2004 the energy savings guidelines can aid those designing grocery stores in a wide number of environments and under numerous energy code requirements including California Title 24 2013.

Of keen interest to those of us in the lighting industry are tips and guidelines for use of LED lighting technologies within the grocery store environment as well as best practices for a variety of grocery store lighting applications. In addition to grocery sales lighting, lighting for delis, bakeries, walk-in coolers and freezers and specialty shops such a “Wine Boutique” are also explored in the document.

The guide, developed through collaboration of ASHRAE, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES), and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), with support from the Department of Energy (DOE) is all inclusive of the total building environment, including lighting, to help meet all of an owner’s energy performance requirements. In an effort to promote building energy efficiency, ASHRAE and its partners have made the Grocery Store Advanced Design Guide as well as other Design Guides available at no charge as a downloadable document (PDF) from ASHRAE’s website. Those who desire hard copies of the Design Guide can obtain them as well form the ASHRAE book store also found on ASHRAE’s website. For those interested in finding out more about or obtaining a copy of The Advanced Energy Design Guide for Grocery Stores the link to the ASHRAE website is

Bernard V, Bauer, LC RDI, IES

About Bernard V, Bauer, LC RDI, IES

Bernard V. Bauer has accrued over 40 years of experience in design. He holds degrees in Industrial design with minors in Interior Design, Graphic Design and Photography. Since establishing his professional services firm, Integrated Lighting Concepts, 20 years ago he has focused on lighting with emphasis on “Retail Lighting” and “Environmental Site Lighting”. Contact Bernard at

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