Lighting systems: Designing an energy-efficient lighting system
August 8, 2023
Understanding codes, controls and commissioning are key to an effective lighting design for a new or existing building.
The foundation of a good lighting design is establishing an appropriate energy code compliance path early in design. Two energy codes, the International Energy Conservation Code and ASHRAE 90.1: Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, should be compared and reviewed against the project requirements.
- Establish project-specific codes and standards parameters for compliance with regulations adopted by the jurisdiction.
- Select lighting control strategies in compliance with code and the owner’s project requirements, with coordination with the architectural programming of the spaces.
- Know how to write the specification to get the achieved design.
- Understand which lighting type is correct for each application. Review design examples.