October 10, 2012
If you are old enough to recall the voice of Tom Bodett saying, “We’ll leave the light on for you” as the signature end to all the Motel 6 ads, then you caught the attempt at humor. But even if the reference passed over your head, the message remains the same.
As a true believer in the Green movement, I applaud the work being done to reduce energy consumption, including lighting energy savings. But as with all regulations intended for the greater good, unintended consequences can occur for specific situations.
One area where I see too many restrictions is in regard to commercial lighting where the lighting is really part of the product, and not just an arbitrary element. To the credit of the USGBC and other regulatory agencies such as T-24 in California, the code is including more subtlety to allow commercial establishments to maximize their business plan.
Meanwhile, our MEP Ninja has gotten caught in the cross fire, and is having a bad day, as he always seem to have.
Mark D. Robison, PE
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