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Significant changes to VEET regulations Photoluminescent Exit Signs rejected

05 Nov 2018

The Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning have published the redrafted VEET Regulations which will commence 10 December 2018. The Regulations represent a number of changes to lighting upgrades activity both residentially and commercially.  The name of the scheme will change from VEET to VEU - the Victorian Energy Upgrades program.

The Department received a number of submissions calling for the inclusion of photoluminescent exit signs as an eligible upgrade technology. Lighting Council Australia made multiple representations to the Department detailing the unsafe nature of the glow-in-the-dark exit signs as a consequence of their poor illuminance and that inclusion of the technology would incentivise the installation of non-compliant systems.  Readers might recall that photoluminescent systems must have a dedicated light source for charging according to the National Construction Code. The Department agreed with the position of Lighting Council Australia in rejecting the installation of Photoluminescent Exit Signs under the scheme.

The Essential Services Commission, which administers the VEET program, will begin to recognise the Greenhouse Energy Minimum Standards (GEMS) and the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) product registers. Members in the Public Lighting market will see savings in administrative work, as the products will not need to be registered on the VEET product register to be used in upgrade activities if they are found on the AEMO unmetered load table. The GEMS product register does not currently have any lighting products that are used in VEET scheme, however LCA will advocate for the inclusion of LED lamps when this product becomes regulated under the GEMS Act in future. LCA will also continue to advocate for complete harmonisation with the NSW Energy Saving Scheme product register.

There were also changes made to the residential upgrades schedule which include; removing CFLs as an upgrade technology; allowing CFLs in conjunction with incandescent lamps to be upgraded to LED lamps using a weighted-basket approach; a fresh-start provision for upgrades in this schedule; and increased requirements on the efficacy of upgraded technology with changes to the beam angle requirements. In the area of commercial lighting upgrades, the equations used for calculating energy abatement have been simplified to minimise errors; public lighting upgrades will have the additional requirement for use of a lighting designer; and T5 adaptors will be removed as an eligible upgrade product however they will now be eligible for decommissioning.

In implementing the above changes, products that are on the register and that meet the new requirements will automatically be transferred to the new product register, while removing any products that fail to meet the new requirements. New product applications will be assessed against the Regulations in place at the time of assessment.

Lighting Council Australia members currently participating or interested in participating in the Victorian scheme should familiarise themselves with the changes.  More information is set out on the Victorian Essential Services Commission website

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