Last edited 25 Dec 2020

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Elisa Caton Other Consultant

BREEAM Reduction of night time light pollution


[edit] Aim and benefits

The aim of this credit is to reduce unnecessary light pollution, energy consumption and nuisance to neighbouring properties by ensuring that external lighting is concentrated in the appropriate areas and that upward lighting is minimised.

[edit] When to consider

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

[edit] Step by step guidance

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[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 safety or security lighting required?
  4. Are there any illuminated advertisements on the development site?

[edit] Tools and resources

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[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). A schedule of external light fittings may also be provided. For confirmation of compliance with the relevant guidance or luminance requirements at design stage, a formal letter from the electrical engineer may 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 (confirmation that the external lighting specification is compliant with the relevant guidance or luminance requirements).

Whilst on site, take photographs of the external light fittings and any lighting controls 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.

--Elisa Caton 12:55, 06 Mar 2018 (BST)

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