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Last edited 13 Oct 2020
Lighting energy numeric indicator LENI
Changes to the approved documents for Part L of the building regulations came into effect on 6 April 2014 when the 2013 editions of approved documents L1A and L2A came into force along with 2013 amendments to the 2010 editions of approved documents L1B and L2B.
Approved documents L2A and L2B refer to the Non-domestic Building Services Compliance Guide 2013 edition which introduces the Lighting Energy Numeric Indicator (LENI) as an alternative means of demonstrating the compliance of lighting systems. This means that compliance can now be demonstrated either by meeting the recommended minimum standards for efficacy and building controls, or by meeting the recommended minimum standards for LENI.
The Lighting Energy Numeric Indicator was originally defined by BS EN 15193:2007, Energy performance of buildings. However, the calculation methodology set out in the Non-domestic Building Services Compliance Guide is a much simplified version.
LENI is an indicator of the efficiency of an entire lighting installation, including controls and is expressed in terms of energy per square metre per year (kWh/m2/yr). The calculated LENI must not exceed prescribed limit for a given illuminance and the number of hours per year the lighting will be required, as set out in Table 44 of the compliance guide.
- Energy used by any lighting control systems (parasitic energy use Ep).
- The total power of the lighting in watts (Pl).
- Energy saved by automatic control systems that switch off lights when rooms are empty (occupancy factor Fo).
- Energy saved by automatic control systems that dim lighting if daylight is available (Fd)
- The reduction in performance through the life of the system (constant illuminance factor Fc)
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- 2013 changes to the approved documents for part L of the building regulations.
- Approved documents.
- Building regulations.
- Daylight lighting systems.
- Part L.
 External references
- Orlight, Guide on lighting risks and regulations, April 2014.
- Planning portal, Domestic and Non-domestic Building Services Compliance Guide, 2013 edition.
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