The Advanced Lighting Guideline's move to an online format will allow easier access for users and more frequent updates to reflect code updates and evolving energy-efficient lighting technologies.
COURTESY NEW BUILDINGS INSTITUTE The Advanced Lighting Guideline's move to an online format will allow easier access for users and more frequent updates to reflect code updates and evolving energy-efficient lighting technologies.

One of the most valuable resources for lighting information has received a major overhaul. The Advanced Lighting Guidelines (ALG), a compendium of lighting terminology and applications maintained by the non-profit New Buildings Institute (NBI), has been completely reformatted for the Web. This is the ALG's first major update since 2003. Every section has been reworked to reflect the latest lighting technologies, and subjects such as daylighting and lighting controls now have their own dedicated chapters. Lighting professionals Terry McGowan, Naomi Miller, Leslie North, and Konstantinos Papamichael were tasked with the rewrite under the guidance of the NBI's Barb Hamilton. The first two levels of information are accessible for free; additional information is available via subscription, tiered at price points for individuals, students, and groups. “The ALG sets itself apart from other lighting resources with its timely and direct information,” McGowan says. “It effects the way people design.”