Design and energy

Dear Editor,
Energy in lighting is going to be a big topic for the next few years. It is going to be important that the industry pulls together in a coherent manner to produce sustainable lighting schemes by default whilst allowing good and innovative design to be brought to the fore. This is achievable and design compromise can be avoided.

So what are the factors that the lighting industry needs to address to avoid design compromise? I have put together a list of what I believe are the most pressing issues.

1. Education – Lighting education is key to sustainable schemes being produced and recognised.
2. Contracts – Our clients need to look at the project procurement methods and ensure that their contractual frameworks can actually deliver the types of buildings they are expecting.
3. Briefing – We need proper briefing from our clients at the appropriate time. If the brief is not properly set by the midpoint in RIBA stage C, then it is unlikely that an optimal design will be achieved.
4. Greenwash – We need to have a range of products that can deliver against recognisable standards and benchmarks.
5. Daylight – We need to take more account of daylight use in our buildings.
6. Lighting control systems – We need lighting control systems to deliver beyond their current capabilities.
7. Commissioning – We need proper commissioning of lighting and lighting control systems to be undertaken to both CIBSE and BSRIA guidance.
8. Fees – We need the appropriate fees to be able to carry out the growing workload that increased investigation into energy saving is causing designers to undertake.
9. Recognition – We need our clients to have an understanding of the complexity of lighting design.
10. Design practice – We need our design guidance to reflect the three separate workflows for daylight design, artificial lighting design and lighting control design.
Let’s shed some efficient light into those dark corners.
Yours faithfully,
David Mooney
Regional Associate, Infrastructure
Parsons Brinckerhoff

Don’t ridicule LED retailers

Dear Editor,

I find your article on Topshop in the November issue a little on the silly side – especially when such a cutting edge and bold LED lighting statement has been made. I cannot comment on behalf of Arcadia, but I do feel the lighting industry owes a little more respect to companies that push the boundaries against many odds.

Cheaper energy is not the solution

Dear Editor,

In December Chris Huhne, the energy and climate change secretary, set out a number of proposals for providing ‘lower-carbon electricity at lower cost than under present policies’. No one in their right mind would argue for higher-carbon forms of energy, but is he right to focus on lowering the cost?