In this draft SSc8 has removed the exemption...
"lighting that is specifically designated as required by a health or life safety statute, ordinance, or regulation."
I understand this was a loop hole for designers to drive trucks thru but I'm curious how lighting required by a health or life safety statute, ordinance, or regulation can be outside of the scope of LEED's goals and principals.
LEED has gone thru great efforts to add prerequisits and credits for the safety and comfort of building occupants. Why does none of that matter in regards to this credit? Why would a project be excluded from any credit for doing something that is for a person's safety?
If the main problem with safe lighting is the spill light onto a public street or neighbor's parking lot, then I would say so what. Can anyone explain to me the harm this spill light would cause? We can still limit uplight, and glare, but I don't see any reason why this spill light is a concern.