Commercial Building Lighting Standards NZS 4243 revision

Background

EECA commissioned a revision to Commercial Building Lighting Standard NZS4243: Part 2:2007. This Standard is cited in the NZ Building Code and is a companion document to NZS 4243: Part 1: 2007 Energy efficiency – Large buildings. The revision to this Standard will be completed in early 2018.

Need for a revision of NZS 4243

NZS 4243 was initially developed to provide electrical/lighting specifiers and designers with a regulatory framework to meet minimum lighting and efficiency levels in commercial buildings. It also provides building owners, tenants and maintenance staff with guidance on the level of artificial light needed in different parts of a commercial building to optimise comfort, safety and usability.

Since NZS 4243 was last revised in 2007, there have been major advancements in the lighting technology used in commercial building including Solid State Lighting (SSL) LED’s, luminaires, and lighting control systems. The Standard is now significantly out of date and does not reflect available technology or accepted industry best practice.

Who is involved?

A technical committee was formed to provide recommendations on the revision of NZS 4243. It consist of representatives from the following organisations:

  • NZ Lighting Council (chair)
  • Property Council of NZ (representing commercial building owners)
  • CoreNet Global (representing commercial building tenants)
  • Energy Management Association of NZ (EMANZ)
  • Illuminating Engineering Society of NZ (IEANZ)
  • Massey University
  • Universities NZ
  • Building Research Association of NZ
  • MBIE – Building Systems Performance
  • EECA

The recommendations

Recommendations include changes and improvements to:

  1. Accommodate SSL LED technology
  2. Revise and improve lighting power density limits
  3. Update terms and definitions
  4. Simplify application of revised limits

How to provide input and feedback

Public consultation will run for a period of 10 weeks, considering the Christmas break, 30 November 2017 – 14 February 2018.

Submit comments on Draft Standard - Standards NZ website

For more information on the revision and how to provide input and feedback visit Standards New Zealand.

Standards NZ website