Last edited 25 Dec 2020

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Tom Blois-Brooke Engineer Website

BREEAM External lighting


[edit] Aim and benefits

The aim of this credit is to encourage the installation of energy efficient lighting for external areas.

This issue offers the following potential benefits to end users and clients:

[edit] When to consider

RIBA Stages 3-4 (Developed Design-Technical Design)

[edit] Step by step guidance

  1. Request confirmation on whether there is external lighting present.
  2. If there is, provide the design team with the design criteria for compliance.
  3. Request evidence (see section below) to demonstrate compliance at the design and post construction stages.

[edit] Questions to ask while seeking compliance

  1. Does the building have external areas which require external lighting?
  2. Is the building an infill building on an existing site or an extension to an existing building?
  3. Will there be any areas with intermittent pedestrian traffic?

[edit] Tools and resources

External lighting - Top 10 easy win issue

[edit] Tips and best practice

[edit] Typical evidence

[edit] Design Stage Evidence

A site plan indicating external lighting (both locations of light fittings and types), accompanied by manufacturersproduct datasheets for each external light fitting. A schedule of external lighting and calculations for the average lumens per circuit watt may also be provided.

[edit] Post Construction Stage Evidence

As Built issue of the external lighting plan, and confirmation of any changes to the external lighting specification since design stage.

Whilst on site, take photographs of the external light fittings, any PIR sensors and photocells/timeclocks as required.

[edit] Applicable Schemes

The guidelines collated in this ISD aim to support sustainable best practice in the topic described. This issue may apply in multiple BREEAM schemes covering different stages in the life of a building, different building types and different year versions. Some content may be generic but scheme nuances should also be taken into account. Refer to the comments below and related articles to this one to understand these nuances. See this document for further guidelines.

BRE Global does not endorse any of the content posted and use of the content will not guarantee the meeting of certification criteria.

--Tom Blois-Brooke 16:21, 01 Jul 2019 (BST)

--Elisa Caton 12:35, 06 Mar 2018 (BST)

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