GSA provides compliance guidance for federal buildings to procure and use energy-efficient lighting

Posted by Johann Nacario — April 3, 2024 — The U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) Green Proving Ground (GPG) program, in collaboration with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), recently released LED Lighting and Controls Guidance for Federal Buildings as part of the agency’s commitment to sustainability and reducing costs to taxpayers.

LED Lighting and Controls GuidanceLighting systems have a tremendous impact on building energy use. Depending on a building’s age and lighting system, lighting consumes between 10% and 25% of a building’s electricity. Conversions to light-emitting diode (LED) lighting typically save 50% of electricity over a fluorescent baseline, and lighting controls can save an additional 80% of lighting energy.

In recognition of the energy used by lighting, in September 2022, Congress passed the Bulb Replacement Improving Government with High-Efficiency Technology Act, Pub. L. No. 117-202  (BRIGHT Act) requiring federal buildings to use the most life-cycle cost-effective and energy-efficient lighting products. In addition, the BRIGHT Act required GSA to issue this new guidance on the efficiency, effectiveness, and economy of those products.

Additionally, this guidance supports President Biden’s Executive Order 14057 on Catalyzing Clean Energy Industries and Jobs Through Federal Sustainability and its associated Federal Sustainability Plan, which sets a goal of net-zero operational emissions for the federal government by 2050.

Topics discussed in the guide include:

  • Financial inputs for lighting decisions
  • LED lighting and system features
  • Steps for designing a lighting control system
  • Energy-savings capabilities
  • Enhanced performance capabilities

Elliot Doomes, commissioner of GSA’s Public Buildings Service, stated:

The federal government is committed to transitioning its real-estate portfolio to net-zero by 2045, and GSA’s Green Proving Ground program is helping meet that charge. GPG’s evaluations of emerging technologies mitigate risk for first movers and provide invaluable guidance on the most effective deployment of these innovations.

For more information, see LED and Controls Guidance for Federal Buildings [PDF – 7 MB]  and GSA’s Green Proving Ground.