Lighting requirements

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A Proposal to set lighting requirements for high rise dwellings in the energy standard published by ASHRAE and the illuminating Engineering Society is now open for industry comment. Energy standard accept low rise residential buildings are open for public comment from now until April 24, 2016. Currently lighting for dwelling in high rise is exempt from energy standard for Low rise dwellings.

In general lighting within someone's personal dwelling unit (home) has become exempt because it was not considered commercial, which is the present focus. Overtime the lack of dwelling unit requirements presented a potential gap in energy savings. These new requirements would set efficacy minimums and or controls for the lighting in dwelling unit spaces including multi family structures of four stories or above.

The proposed requirements are similar to those in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star Program. This proposal will effectively eliminate the use of incandescent/halogen sources as well as less efficacious products in the compact fluorescent (CFL) and lighting emitting diodes (LED) categories.