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Lighting : April 2010 Whos Who of Lighting
12 ENERGYSMART BUILDINGS ché wall is managing director of wsP Lincolne scott; is co-founder, Green Building council of australia and founding chair, world Green Building council. The lighting design for the Lincolne Scott Melbourne office was undertaken by the firm’s specialist division, Vision Design, and is a showpiece exhibit for staff and clients of ‘green’ lighting design. Energy effcient lighting must consider 'human dimension' ➤ continued from page 10 enjoyment of a space. Importantly lighting also has direct physiological impacts that affect our efficiency in performing tasks and hence impacts on productivity. When we remind ourselves that sustainability needs to balance ecology with social and economic impacts it is clear that energy efficient light selected without consideration of the human dimension can result in a very poor sustainability outcome. Indeed, with our increasing policy focus towards energy efficiency and carbon abatement, we must be cautious that we don’t end up delivering a lasting legacy of visually uncomfortable, mundane and unproductive buildings. The challenge for tomorrow’s lighting designer is to produce solutions that delight and stimulate as much as they reduce their environmental footprint. This is a task of balance to ensure that one agenda does not override or diminish the other. This is the balance between art and science with a clear understanding of what constitutes a good result. The immediate opportunity is for lighting designers to recalibrate, innovate and lead the policy debate through delivery of exemplars and thus ensure that policy- makers do not continue to see ESCOs as the preferred solution. They must ensure that policymakers understand that considered design, which addresses multiple facets of good performance, is the best answer. Practical demonstration makes it easy for those who set policy to understand the best answer, without requiring them to attempt to understand the science. In the absence of something to physically experience, the simple and legible will almost always win the day. More projects like the new 6-Star Green Star rated Global HQ for Macquarie Bank, located in Sydney, are needed to show policy-makers and the ultimate clients of buildings, the tenants, what can really be expected from lighting and sustainable design. More projects like this will also increase the demand for, and value placed upon, specialist lighting design and it is clear that a balanced sustainability agenda will create rich opportunities for those who dedicate their professional careers to good lighting design. Canberra and the Coalition of Australian Governments (COAG) are currently debating a range of policy options to accelerate the refurbishment of existing buildings. The policy platforms chosen will have a fundamental impact on whether we deliver future lighting solutions that balance the needs for carbon abatement against the needs of those who visit and work in buildings. The current preference seems to be policy that attempts to pick winners through promotion of delivery mechanisms that mandate solutions and direction of funding (remember when the Federal government announced inefficient incandescent lighting was to be abolished?). Those within the profession should be concerned and must engage with this debate as a fundamental informer for the future development of the lighting design discipline. For our part we have collaborated with Lend Lease Corporation to produce a model policy that would enable simple, low-cost, accurate reporting and benchmarking of energy efficiency in the built environment, but also carbon trading. This would provide a market-based carbon pricing mechanism to incentivise and reward action in upgrading existing buildings but is deliberate in its avoidance of proposed solutions. At the time of writing, this model is being considered by the Senate Economics Committee after being raised in the Senate as a private members bill by the Greens. I firmly believe that the best innovation and solutions will come from the continued maturation of the lighting design profession and that, with the right policy mechanisms, Australia’s skills we be increasingly valued worldwide.
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