EBOM-v4 MRc2: Purchasing - lamps

  • Understand who controls lamp purchasing

    This credit encourages project teams to reduce the amount of mercury used in building lighting. When building management controls all lamp purchases, the credit is readily achievable, while multi-tenant buildings with decentralized purchasing will find it more challenging.

    Remember that the mercury content of each individual lamp does not need to meet the credit threshold of 70 picograms per lumen1. A lumen is a unit of luminous flux equal to the light emitted in a unit solid angle by a uniform point source of 1 candle intensity. 2. A measurement of light output. hour. Your team needs to meet this target on average for all lamps purchased during the performance period. This provides teams with some flexibility in selecting lamps.

    Teams should use the USGBC calculator to track and document lamp purchases. Updating the calculator as lamps are ordered can help you confirm that, on average, your purchases during the performance period are meeting the 70 picograms per lumen hour target.

    What’s New in LEED v4

    • The mercury limit has been reduced from 90 picograms per lumen hour to 70.
    • The NEMA exemption for compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) has been removed.
    • Based on the current USGBC calculator and credit form, teams no longer need to provide a lamp inventory (e.g. the “lamp purchasing plan”). Only documentation of the lamp purchases made during the performance period needs to be provided.

    Readiness Review Questions

    • In multi-tenant facilities, does the project team control lamp purchasing throughout the building? If not, are any tenants likely to be unwilling or unable to share lamp purchasing data? 

    • Are lamp vendors or manufacturer representatives available to help identify low-mercury lamp options? 

    • Who is responsible for placing purchase orders for lamps? Can they be responsible for tracking lamp purchases over the performance period?

    FAQs

    We purchase lamps for some of our tenants, but not all of them. Can lamps for these tenant spaces be excluded?

    No. Lamp purchases made for the entire building must be included in your tracking, including orders placed by tenants. That said, you’re allowed to exempt up to 10% of the building floor area if the tenants that use that space are not willing or able to share information about lamp purchases.

    Are there a minimum number of lamps that need to be purchased during the performance period in order to achieve this credit?

    You must purchase at least one lamp during the performance period to achieve this credit.

  • MR Credit 2: Purchasing - lamps

    Intent

    To establish and maintain a toxic material source reduction program to reduce the amount of mercury brought onto the building site through purchases of lamps.

    Requirements

    Establishment

    None.

    Performance

    Implement the lighting purchasing plan that specifies an overall building average of 70 picograms of mercury per lumen1. A lumen is a unit of luminous flux equal to the light emitted in a unit solid angle by a uniform point source of 1 candle intensity. 2. A measurement of light output.-hour or less for all mercury-containing lamps purchased for the building and associated grounds within the project boundary. Include lamps for both indoor and outdoor fixtures, as well as both hard-wired and portable fixtures. Lamps containing no mercury may be counted only if their energy efficiency at least equals that of their mercury-containing counterparts.

LEED v4 O+M:EB Platinum Office

Complete documentation for achievement of MRc - Purchasing - lamps on the LEED v4 O+M:EB Platinum StopWaste.org headquarters office building at 1537 Webster Street, Oakland, CA. Project documentation was shared with LEEDuser through cooperation with that organization, and the LEED consultant, BuildingWise LLC

Sample Products and Calculations – Ongoing Purchasing Example

These samples show what data to look for on a product sheet and how to calculate contributing value to earning purchasing credits.

Product Cut Sheets

Provide cut sheets verifying the mercury content, design mean lumen1. A lumen is a unit of luminous flux equal to the light emitted in a unit solid angle by a uniform point source of 1 candle intensity. 2. A measurement of light output. output, and rated lamp life at three-hour instant start for the lamps purchased during the performance period.

Mercury Conversion Calculator

This calculator converts picograms per lumen1. A lumen is a unit of luminous flux equal to the light emitted in a unit solid angle by a uniform point source of 1 candle intensity. 2. A measurement of light output. hour to milligrams of mercury. Manufacturers provide mercury data in different formats, and this calculator can help you determine milligrams of mercury for LEED purposes.

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José Solis Big and Bright Strategies
Jul 14 2017
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Purchasing - Lamps as ID credit

I'm not sure where to post a question about this credit as we are submitting it as an ID credit under Core and Shell v2009.

I'm not sure how to proceed. We submitted the documentation for the EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating systems.-v4 MRc2: Purchasing - lamps as an innovation credit for several months ago. Our review comments stated that we needed to follow Credit Interpretation 5500. However, when I now go to Credit Interpretation 5500 it states:

"**Update 1/27/2017: This item is no longer valid. Please reference the Innovation Catalog: http://www.usgbc.org/credits/innovation-catalog instead**"

Does that mean we can no longer attempt to use this credit as an innovation in design point even though we submitted the original documentation and received comments prior to the 1/27/2017 date? Or do we just proceed as per the comments we received?

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Trista Little Sustainability Manager, YR&G Jul 14 2017 LEEDuser Expert 6063 Thumbs Up

Hi Jose, in this case I think it makes sense to ask GBCIThe Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) manages Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building certification and professional accreditation processes. It was established in 2008 with support from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). what you should do. My sense is that you should be able to attempt the credit if it was valid at the time of your project registration and when you received the review comments. Another option might be to use the EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating systems. v2009 version of the credit, which seems reasonable since your CS project is v2009. But definitely check in with your review team since you're getting some conflicting instructions.

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Trista Little Sustainability Manager YR&G
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Purchasing Calculator updated 4/8/2016

USGBC released a revised Purchasing Calculator with an updated weighted average formula for lamps. The link to the calculator in the Resources tab will take you to the updated version.

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Karim Farah Sustainability Manager / USGBC Faculty Dar Al-Handasah
Sep 30 2014
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LED lamps

Project Location: Saudi Arabia

The LEED guideline states that “Mercury-free lamps, such as LEDs, can be included in the pictogram per lumen1. A lumen is a unit of luminous flux equal to the light emitted in a unit solid angle by a uniform point source of 1 candle intensity. 2. A measurement of light output.-hour calculations only if their energy efficiency levels are equal to or greater than those of comparable mercury-containing lamps.”
Our understanding is that all LEDs have no mercury content, how can the LEDs be included in the pictogram calculations, in order to achieve this credit?

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Tristan Roberts LEED AP BD+C, Executive Editor – LEEDuser, BuildingGreen, Inc. Sep 30 2014 LEEDuser Moderator

Karim, they would be counted as having zero mercury content.

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Charalampos Giannikopoulos Senior Sustainability Consultant, DCarbon Jul 29 2015 Guest 1993 Thumbs Up

And how can we prove that the energy efficiency levels of LED are equal to or greater than those of comparable mercury-containing lamps?

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Kimberly Schlaepfer Sustainability Coordinator LEED AP O+M, BD+C, YR&G Aug 28 2015 LEEDuser Expert 931 Thumbs Up

There are several ways that this could be done. Below are a few ideas.

1) Find documentation from the manufacturer that speaks to the energy efficiency of the lamp as compared to the alternatives.
2) Show that the LED lamp has replaced a different lamp in the building with a higher wattage
3) Show that the lumens per watt for the LED lamp is lower than the lumens per watt for mercury containing lamp that would be used for the same application.

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