To achieve the goals of sustainability and high performance, stakeholders in new construction and renovation projects must rein in energy consumption. Interior illumination represents a large fraction of building sector energy use, and lighting overall accounts for 19% of electricity consumed nationwide, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. With this in mind, project designers, contractors, facility managers, and end-users must understand why illumination is so energy-intensive—and what to do about it. This course presents detailed information about lighting control strategies that contribute to energy efficient buildings and occupant well-being, as well as tips for lighting building exteriors effectively and efficiently.
After reading this article, you should be able to:
+ describe the challenges for delivering sustainable, efficient lighting design in commercial projects, enhancing occupant well-being and saving resources.
+ DISCUSS illumination technologies available to project stakeholders, including benefits, drawbacks, and major recent advances.
+ LIST considerations for meeting applicable codes and voluntary green standards.
+ compare current lighting design strategies and techniques, with particular attention to exterior lighting and lighting control systems that promote safety, security, energy-efficiency, and occupant well-being.