Lighting Packages for LEED
According to the LEED for Homes rating system, the minimum requirement for certification is to install at least four Energy Star-labeled lighting fixtures or Energy Star-labeled compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) in high-use rooms (kitchen, dining room, living room, family room, hallways). This minimum package (Section 8.1 of the LEED for Homes rating system) will earn one point.

“Improved lighting” (Section 8.2 of the LEED for Homes Rating System), the second tier of certification, can earn one and one-half points, provided electrical contractors install one or both of the following measures:

•Indoor lighting—Install three additional Energy Star-labeled lighting fixtures or Energy Star-labeled CFLs in high-use rooms. These are in addition to the number of required lights.

• Exterior lighting—All exterior lighting must have either motion-sensor controls or integrated photovoltaic cells. The following lighting is exempt: emergency lighting, lighting required by code for health and safety purposes, and lighting used for eye adaptation near covered vehicle entrances or exits.

The Energy Star Advanced Lighting Package (ALP) can earn the maximum three points. To earn this coveted level of certification, electrical contractors must install an Energy Star ALP, using only Energy Star-labeled fixtures. The ALP consists of minimum 60 percent Energy Star-qualified hard-wired fixtures and 100 percent Energy Star-qualified ceiling fans (if any). Or, electrical contractors can install Energy Star-labeled lamps in 80 percent of all fixtures throughout the home. Energy Star CFLs also are acceptable (Section 8.3 of the LEED for Homes rating system).

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