Retail-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.


    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


    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.





    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.

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.


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Apr 24 2017
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