The USGBC might not have planned lighting as a specific element of LEED when it was created, but it worked out that way. As our sister lighting publication writes in its 30 Moments in Lighting: "LEED has changed the way the architectural design, engineering, and construction professions practice. To meet the program’s stringent criteria practitioners have had to collectively learn to deliver buildings with a highly integrated design approach. But, LEED did not originally include lighting design as a qualitative element in its quantitative metrics. Lighting designers may have been miffed by this oversight, but nonetheless they still sought to achieve LEED accreditation because it offered a competitive advantage with architects seeking consultants who could address energy efficiency, daylight integration, and controls." Read the full story at Architectural Lighting.

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