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? This candid panel will discuss the current status and future of lighting energy codes, including:
- 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?
Benya Burnett Consultancy
James Benya is recognized as one of the world’s top authorities on lighting design and applied illuminating engineering. He is especially known for his work in the field of design with emphasis on daylighting, lighting efficiency and sustainable design. James is a professional engineer and lighting designer with 40 years of experience in architectural lighting design including daylighting, theatrical and performance lighting, urban streetscapes, light as art and zero net energy building design. He is also the author of two books, Lighting Design Basics and Retrofitting and Relighting, and among the most widely-respected international lecturers and speakers in the field of lighting design, daylighting design and efficient buildings.