Wednesday, March 31, 2010

San Francisco Commercial Lighting Efficiency Ordinance

Your BOMA San Francisco Advocacy Team has been working with Supervisor Bevan Dufty and his staff on the Commercial Lighting Efficiency Ordinance that would  require commercial buildings to install or adopt more energy efficient lighting measures.  Please click here to read the ordinance.  Specifically, this measure would:
  • Require owners of non-residential commercial buildings to upgrade the lamp and ballast systems in existing inefficient fluorescent lighting fixtures to meet specified minimum illumination output standards unless the area lighted by the inefficient fluorescent fixture is controlled by sensors that automatically turn off lighting when the area is unoccupied;
  • Require owners of non-residential commercial buildings who replace 4-foot and 8-foot linear fluorescent 'bulbs' or 'tubes' to use only low mercury content replacement bulbs;
  • Require compliance by December 31, 2011.
The ordinance would also require the City to require its own facilities to meet the same lighting efficiency and low mercury content standards.

The Commercial Lighting Efficiency Ordinance will be considered by the Land Use and Economic Development Committee on April 19, 2010 starting at 1:00 p.m.  BOMA San Francisco supports this legislation--please consider attending the Land Use Committee hearing to voice your support!

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