New Guidebook for Lighting Retrofits at National Park Service Visitor Centers

August 1, 2002

The Lighting Retrofit Workbook is a practical "how to" guide for retrofitting the lighting at National Park Service (NPS) Visitor Centers. The guide, a product of the Green Energy Parks partnership through FEMP's Design Assistance Program, was developed by DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), in close partnership with Steve Butterworth, Regional Energy Coordinator for the NPS, the maintenance staff at Point Reyes National Seashore, and support staff from the Oakland, California, NPS office. Designed as a simple, straightforward handbook for implementing lighting retrofits, the heavily illustrated guide is targeted at park facilities staff and uses NPS retrofits as examples. Butterworth noted that the NPS is already distributing the guide to their architecture and engineering firms for use in new facility construction. He said that people have found it "easy-to-use and attractive."

The step-by-step process outlined in the guide provides NPS staff with simple questions and forms, without a lot of calculations or complexity. The resources and examples used in the guide provide information and guidance to produce significant energy savings. Michael Siminovitch, lead author for the LBNL team adds, "These are basic measures that can be done at any visitor center and will result in better lighting quality and lower energy use. We started looking at individual visitor centers, and soon discovered that while there are regional differences, a lot of the basic office, lobby, hallways, and work areas could benefit from general lighting upgrades. "Of course we would like to go back and do more extensive site visits-particularly in Hawaii," he said with a chuckle, "but we hope that NPS staff can use these guidelines across the country."

Periodic updates of the guide are planned, so comments are encouraged and can be forwarded to Steve Butterworth of the National Park Service at Steve_Butterworth@nps.gov.