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Lighting & Lighting Controls Study

Lighting in government, military buildings
By Amanda Pelliccione September 30, 2019
Figure 2: When specifying lighting for government or military buildings, the architect has the most impact on design, followed by contractors and the electrical engineer. Source: Consulting-Specifying Engineer

Forty percent of engineers specify, design or make product selections for government or military buildings, according to the Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2019 Lighting & Lighting Controls Study  and 88% of these engineers are responsible for determining the requirements/writing the lighting specifications for these projects. Below are five lighting and lighting controls findings as they relate to government or military building projects: 

  1. Technologies specified: LEDs (92%), occupancy sensors (88%), multilevel lighting or dimming (69%) and daylight harvesting (68%) are the most common types of lights, lighting systems or controls currently being specified into government or military buildings. 
  2. Design value: Engineering firms are specifying $787,500 annually, on average, in lighting and lighting control products for new and existing government or military buildings, with 40% specifying more than $1 million. 
  3. Specifications: For government or military buildings, prescriptive lighting specifications are written 74% of the time, followed by performance (71%) and open: alternate or substitute (69%). 
  4. Challenges: Inadequate budgets (64%), the speed of project delivery (49%) and designing for compliance with LEED, ASHRAE 90.1, California Title 24 and/or sustainability (48%) are the top challenges engineers face when specifying lighting for government or military buildings. 
  5. Design factors: When comparing lighting products for government or military buildings, engineers heavily weight product quality, energy efficiency, the manufacturer’s reputation and previous experience with the manufacturer. 

Figure 1: Engineering firms specified an average of $2.6 million in fire and life safety systems for new and existing buildings in 2018. Source: Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2019 Fire & Life Safety Study

37% of engineers expect to specify demand-controlled ventilation systems and energy recovery systems in the next 12 to 24 months. Source: Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2019 HVAC & Building Automation Systems Study 

7 in 10 engineering firms obtained design revenue in 2017 for projects involving electrical distribution systems and circuit breakers, fuses, etc. Source: Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2018 Electrical & Power Study 

24%: Average amount of billable hours/time at work that engineers spend researching and/or specifying lighting and lighting controls. Source: Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2019 Lighting & Lighting Controls Study 

Figure 2: When specifying lighting for government or military buildings, the architect has the most impact on design, followed by contractors and the electrical engineer. Source: Consulting-Specifying Engineer


Access more lighting trends at www.csemag.com/research. Amanda Pelliccione is the research director at CFE Media. 

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Amanda Pelliccione
Author Bio: Amanda is the Research Director and Project Manager of Awards Programs for CFE Media and its publications.