6.7 Outdoor Lighting Compliance Documents and Acceptance Tests

This section contains information about the Certificate of Compliance, Certificate of Installation, and Certificate of Acceptance needed for compliance with the nonresidential outdoor lighting requirements of the Energy Standards.

6.7.1          Overview

At the time a building permit application is submitted to the enforcement agency, the applicant also submits plans and energy compliance documentation including the Certificate of Compliance. The enforcement agency plan checkers examine these documents for compliance with the Energy Standards

The person responsible for the construction of the lighting system should submit the Certificate of Installation and Certificate of Acceptance to the local building department or the enforcement agency after the installation and before receiving the building occupancy permit.

6.7.2          Compliance Documentation and Numbering Scheme

Nonresidential outdoor lighting Certificate of Compliance documents are listed below:

    NRCC-LTO-E; Certificate of Compliance: Outdoor Lighting

Nonresidential outdoor lighting Certificate of Installation documents are listed below:

    NRCI-LTO-01-E; Certificate of Installation; Outdoor Lighting

    NRCI-LTO-02-E; Certificate of Installation: Energy Management Control System or Lighting Control System

Nonresidential outdoor lighting Certificate of Acceptance document:

    NRCA-LTO-02-A: Certificate of Acceptance, Outdoor Lighting Controls

The Energy Standards use the following numbering scheme for the nonresidential lighting compliance documents:

NRCC         Nonresidential Certificate of Compliance

NRCI           Nonresidential Certificate of Installation

NRCA         Nonresidential Certificate of Acceptance

LTI              Lighting, Indoor

LTO            Lighting, Outdoor

LTS            Lighting, Sign

01               The first set of compliance documents in this sequence

E                Primarily used by enforcement authority

A                Primarily used by acceptance tester

The paper prescriptive compliance documents have a limited number of rows per section for entering data. Some designs may need fewer rows, and some designs may need additional rows. If additional rows are required for a particular design, then multiple copies of that page may be used.

6.7.3          Certificate of Installation Documents

The Certificates of Installation is primarily used to declare that what was installed matches the plans on the Certificates of Compliance. The Certificate is signed by a person with an approved license.

A copy of the completed signed and dated Installation Certificate must be posted at the building site for review by the enforcement agency in conjunction with requests for final inspection for the building. See Section 2.2.3 for more information about the Installation Certificate.

6.7.4          Certificate of Acceptance

Before an occupancy permit is granted for a new building or space, or a new lighting system serving a building, space, or site is operated for normal use, all outdoor lighting controls serving the site shall be certified as meeting the Acceptance Requirements for Code Compliance. A Certificate of Acceptance shall be submitted to the enforcement agency under Administrative Regulations §10-103(a).

The acceptance requirements that apply to outdoor lighting controls include:

    Certifying plans, specifications, installation certificates, and operating and maintenance information to meet the requirements of the Energy Standards.

    Certifying that outdoor lighting controls meet the applicable requirements of §110.9 and §130.2.

Acceptance testing must be conducted, and a Certificate of Acceptance must be completed and submitted before the enforcement agency can issue the certificate of occupancy. See the following chapters about compliance and enforcement, and acceptance requirements.

    Chapter 2 - Compliance and Enforcement

    Chapter 13 - Acceptance Requirements

6.7.5          Acceptance Tests

      The primary purpose of outdoor lighting acceptance tests is to assure the lighting controls are configured properly and are functioning as expected in meeting the energy code requirements.

      The procedures for performing the lighting acceptance tests are documented in Reference Nonresidential Joint Appendix. See the following sections for the outdoor lighting controls acceptance tests.

      NA7.8.1 and NA7.8.2 for Motion Sensor (aka Motion Sensing Controls)

      NA7.8.3 and NA7.8.4 for Photocontrol

      NA7.8.5 and NA7.8.6 for Astronomical Time-Switch Controls

      NA7.8.7 and NA7.8.8 for Automatic Scheduling Controls

      Often, the building occupancy schedule is not known at the time the acceptance test is performed as it is before occupancy. If this is the case, a default schedule of midnight to 6 am - as the normally unoccupied period - could be used for the acceptance test of the installed automatic scheduling controls to verify that the outdoor lighting power could be reduced by at least 50 percent during the unoccupied period.