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1 Identify which project team members will influence the selection of lighting equipment.

a Enlist the owner/client, architect and/or engineer in assisting you in holding your specification.

b Determine the owner’s position on specification integrity and assess likelihood of his support of your efforts.

2 Determine if “value engineering” or similar project scope and cost reviews may be a factor on the project. Note: In this event, obtain a VE target number in writing to know when you have achieved sufficient savings.

a Establish when value engineering activities are likely to occur in the project schedule.

b Ally yourself with the decision-makers to clarify in advance which products should not be substituted or compromised.


Position yourself with the decision makers to be the only logical advisor on these matters, should they arise.

d Clearly communicate, in writing, anticipated compromises in performance, operation or maintenance that may result from value engineering.

3 Become familiar with regional conditions on your projects outside of the local area. Note: Refer to the “Additional Considerations for International Projects” section of this document.

a Find out who the local representatives are that represent the key products you specify and, if appropriate, make it known to them that you, as the lighting specifier, are available to answer questions on the specifications.

b Make local representatives aware of your policy regarding specification integrity.

c Understand any specific specification requirements or energy code requirements for lighting products for the region where the project is located, such as CUL, DIN, CIBSE, ASHRAE Standard 90.1, State Energy Codes (eg. Title 24 in California), and sustainable design considerations previously mentioned in this document.


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