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Obtrusive Light: Navigating the Compliance Minefield - This event has already finished

27 January 2015
BRE Watford

This course has been postponed to a later date. For more information please email the BRE Academy team.

Details :

Planners, Designers, Architects, Environmental Health Officers, Engineers and Facilities Managers have professional responsibility for lighting in the built environment.  This is often an unsupported professional responsibility as formal training in lighting isn’t covered extensively.  The risk is an outcome that isn’t desirable, and getting lighting wrong can affect the health and wellbeing of communities.

The Institution of Lighting Professionals (ILP) have partnered with BRE Academy to supply their expertise to tackle the lighting skills gap in industry.  The course is specifically designed to help you gain confidence and fluency to communicate regarding design creation and maintenance issues.  You’ll be provided with empowering knowledge to avoid negative outcomes for people and communities.

Planners and EHO’s will learn how to set and enforce the right requirements to meet the National Planning Policy Framework, and to resolve obtrusive light complaints.  Those on the development side will gain a better understanding of how to meet planning requirements and avoid costly time delays to planning approval, while meeting credits for BREEAM assessments.


Event programme

Section 1: Defining the Problem & Its Causes

Key terms

Defining the Problem

Sources of Lighting Complaints

Main Technical Causes of Unwanted Light

Section 2: Understanding Light & Lighting Technology

Section 3: The Legal framework: Understanding the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005

The Situation Pre-2006

The New Legal Framework since 2006

Implications of the Law –The ‘Health’ Limb –The ‘Nuisance’Limb

Exclusions from the Act

Section 4: Assessment and Investigation

Environmental Zones and Defining Them

Assessing Complaints

Objective Measurements in UK Law

Measures for Mitigating Light Nuisance

Sports and Domestic Lighting Issues

Clash of Standards

Section 5; Lighting, Planning and BREEAM

When is Light Pollution Relevant to Planning?

Pertinent DEFRA Questions; Where, When and How Much Light is involved

Ecological Impact of Lighting

Basic Information Required in a Planning Application

Competence of Practitioners

How Planners and Lighters can work together –Examples

Relevant Documents re. Planning for Lighting


Section 6: Illuminated Advertising Signage

Section 7: Lighting and Bats

Course starts at 9.30am and closes at 4:30pm, lunch will be provided.

To register your interest for future courses please email:breacademy@bre.co.uk


Intended audience

Planners, Designers, Architects, Environmental Health Officers, Engineers and Facilities Managers, anyone working on lighting systems.


For more information:
BRE Academy
+44 (0) 333 321 88 11