Home / Professional / Hospitality / Lighting Regulation Lighting Regulations and Legislations Your Quick Guide to Energy-Efficient Legislation International Energy Conservation Code® (IECC) Building homes and commercial spaces that are more energy efficient isn’t just good business – many times state and local building codes mandate it. The IECC was developed by the International Code Council in 2000 and its model code has been adopted by numerous state and local governments as a baseline for their energy efficient design and construction requirements. The IECC contains minimum energy efficiency provisions for residential and commercial buildings, offering both prescriptive- and performance-based approaches. The adopting governments can then legislate adjustments that suit the particular jurisdiction. The code is has been and continues to be frequently reviewed and updated, with the 2006 and 2009 version still being used in some areas since the latest version was released in 2012. A 2015 revision is now being formulated. US Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA 2007) Also known as the CLEAN Energy Act of 2007, the goal of EISA 2007 is to help the U.S. gain greater energy independence, increase the production of clean fuels, and increase the efficiency of products, buildings and vehicles. EISA 2007 sets federal energy management requirements in several areas, including energy reduction goals for federal buildings. From a lighting perspective, EISA 2007 requires that general service incandescent light bulbs become more efficient between 2012 and 2020. There are several classes of specialty bulbs that are exempt from this legislation, including 3-way, reflector and globes over 5”. LEEDS The LEED® certification program from the U.S. Green Building Council has become the benchmark for architects, real estate professionals, facility managers, engineers, interior designers, landscape architects, construction managers and government officials who want to design, construct and operate more sustainable buildings. The third-party certification process assigns LEED® points for products and processes used that promote green practices related to site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. There are 100 possible points available, with a tiered system that certifies buildings with a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Certified status based on points earned.