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Codes + Standards

NYC Adopts New Energy Code

Last Friday, we reported on new energy legislation passed in New York City here. Part of the legislation is the creation of a new energy code. NYC’s code is based on the state energy code with amendments making it more stringent. The 2007 state code is in turn based on the 2003 IECC, with amendments, [...]

Codes + Standards

The Faces of 90.1

A. J. Glaser, president of HUNT Dimming and the Lighting Controls Association, contributed this article to Consulting-Specifying Engineer, providing an in-depth look at the ASHRAE/IES 90.1 energy standard, where it’s come from, and where it’s headed. Check it out here.

Codes + Standards, Energy + Environment, Legislation + Regulation

NYC to Require Existing Buildings to Upgrade Their Lighting

New York City has passed significant new legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing government, commercial and residential buildings in New York City. The six-point Greener, Greater Buildings Plan, introduced on Earth Day and enacted as part of PlaNYC, includes four bills that will dramatically reduce the City’s energy usage, saving consumers $700 million [...]

Codes + Standards, Construction + Economy

AIA Report: Green Building Programs Increase 50% Since 2007

In the wake of an extended global economic slump, local communities are pushing ahead and expanding their green building programs. More than one in five U.S. cities with populations greater than 50,000 surveyed by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) report having a policy to promote green buildings, accounting for more than 53 million people. [...]

Codes + Standards

New Energy Standards for Lighting

Chain Store Age’s Marianne Wilson produced a very well-written story about the new DOE energy standards for general-service fluorescent and incandescent reflector lamps and how these standards will affect retailers. I was pleased to represent the Lighting Controls Association in the article and give my two cents. Check it out here.

Codes + Standards

CSI and CSC to End Support of MasterFormat 95 on December 31, 2009

The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) announced that the organization will cease to license and support MasterFormat 95 as of December 31, 2009. The CSI Board of Directors voted to stop licensing and supporting MasterFormat 95 during its June 16, 2009, meeting at the CSI Annual Convention in Indianapolis. As a result, CSI and Construction Specifications [...]

Codes + Standards

NEMA Publishes LE 6-2009 Procedure for Determining Target Efficacy Ratings for Commercial, Industrial and Residential Luminaires

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published LE 6-2009 Procedure for Determining Target Efficacy Ratings for Commercial, Industrial and Residential Luminaires. The document, produced by NEMA’s Luminaire Section, was last published in 2008. LE 6 provides a procedure for the determination of the target efficacy rating (TER) for light fixtures under laboratory test conditions [...]

Codes + Standards

ASHRAE’s Green Building Standard Draws Nearer to Publication

The total building sustainability package, addressing everything from design and commissioning to plans for high-performance operation, is covered in a proposed green building standard currently open for public review. Proposed Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, is being developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating [...]

Codes + Standards, Education + Resources, Legislation + Regulation

IES Hartford Section to Host Model Lighting Ordinance Seminar on October 29, 2009

This month, the IES Hartford Section is presenting the Fall 2009 update and final draft of the Model Lighting Ordinance, sometimes called the “Dark Sky regulations.” The guest speaker is Leo Smith (Northeast Regional Director of the International Dark Sky Association), who served on the IDA/IESNA joint task force that developed the current MLO. To [...]

Codes + Standards, LED + SSL

NEMA Publishes Two Solid-State Lighting Standards

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published LSD 45-2009 Recommendations for Solid-State Lighting Sub-Assembly Interfaces for Luminaires. This new white paper, prepared by the NEMA Solid State Lighting Section, covers the design and construction of interconnects for solid-state lighting applications. It compiles the latest industry information regarding mechanical, electrical, and thermal connections and documents [...]


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