“Where to go for accurate and up-to-date energy codes?”
That was the challenge design-assist engineers at Acuity Brands’ Lighting Control & Design (LC&D) faced when assisting architects and engineers with designing and optimizing energy-efficient lighting control solutions.
To solve the problem, a new, first-of-its-kind industry reference site combining up-to date energy codes from multiple jurisdictions has been launched by Acuity Brands. The single source can be used by designers of lighting and advanced controls applications.
“For our customers, success hinges on completing projects on time and on budget; the potential for last-minute redesign because of some unknown local or regional code requirement presents an undesirable risk that can be addressed up front,” said David Wilson, Acuity Brands Lighting, General Manager, LC&D.
Experience had shown that “energy code” Websites from the Department of Energy (DOE) and Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP) were inadequate for providing the necessary information. The Acuity Brands’ LC&D team decided to develop a database of every code official in every jurisdiction in the United States known to have its own code requirements, and implemented a quarterly phone survey to each code official to verify or update state energy codes, locally adopted energy codes and local variances from state codes.
The result is the only known web-based resource with up-to-date and accurate energy codes for virtually every jurisdiction in the US; Canada will be added soon.