Regulatory harmonization in the illumination of sport facilities: a challenge for energy savings and users well-being


R. Amorim, V. Molina and A. Peña-García




This study is a comparative analysis of the main differences in the lighting requirements of sports facilities in different regulatory frameworks. The target is to identify regulatory differences and common points in potential impact on financial profitability, visual comfort, people safety and environmental impact. It is also pretended to identify critical parameters that may help to avoid serious problems such as violence among spectators. The integral management of these facilities requires important considerations on new technologies to provide good lighting for users (athletes and spectators), savings in the very high energy consumption and control the impact of lighting on some psychological and physiological aspects of users directly related to violence. In the European standard for sports lighting EN 12193:2007, for example, we see a great concern about the
sustainability of installations. The update of the Brazilian standard NBR 8837 is also expected to give an important role to sustainability and quality of artificial lighting to provide services in the sports areas. However, remarkable differences among both regulatory frameworks still remain. Thus regulatory harmonization in the lighting of sports facilities can be beneficial for both, sustainable management and profitable use of these installations.

Published in: Renewable Energy & Power Quality Journal (RE&PQJ, Nº. 15)
Pages: 485-488 Date of Publication: 2017/04/25
ISSN: 2172-038X Date of Current Version:
REF: 363-17 Issue Date: April 2017
DOI:10.24084/repqj15.363 Publisher: EA4EPQ

Authors and affiliations

R. Amorim(1), V. Molina(2) and A. Peña-García(1)
1. Department of Civil Engineering. E.T.S.I. Caminos, Canales y Puertos, University of Granada (Spain)
2. Department of Management. E.T.S.I. Caminos, Canales y Puertos, University of Granada (Spain)

Key word

Energy savings, Sustainability, Ergonomics, Sport installations.


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