I read your March 2007 Comments article “Lead The Way” with special interest, especially the last paragraph regarding the IALD and IESNA's involvement with the sustainability dialogue. As President of the IESNA I would like to point out that the IES is very active in the dialogue.

First, we are actively working with the AIA, USGBC, ASHRAE, and Architecture 2030 to define what the baseline measurements will be for “getting to fifty.” The organizations hope to release a joint statement soon regarding this matter.

Second, we have completed along with AIA, USGBC and ASHRAE Advanced Energy Design Guides for small office and small retail buildings. These guides, intended as companion "above code" documents for ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-1999, demonstrate how these buildings may be built 30% more energy efficient than the standard. We are also working on two additional guides for warehouses and schools.

Third, IES, ASHRAE, and USGBC are working on Standard 189. The proposed Standard 189, Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, will provide minimum requirements for the design of sustainable buildings to balance environmental responsibility, resource efficiency, occupant comfort and well-being, and community sensitivity. Using USGBC's LEED Green Building Rating System, which addresses the top 25% of building practice, as a key resource, Standard 189P will provide a baseline that will drive green building into mainstream building practices.

Fourth, the IESNA is hosting a symposium in St. Louis, Mo. November 2-3, 2007, entitled, “Quality Lighting in A Green World.” The purpose will be to explore the future of the lighting profession. Owners and designers will present case studies from the office, retail and public sectors on what state-of-the-art is in creating buildings that are environmentally responsible and sustainable. At this day-and-a-half symposium we will examine the current state of lighting technology and then challenge the industry with what future needs will be in order for us, as professionals, to deliver truly integrated high performance buildings.

So as you can see I believe the IESNA is leading by actually creating documents that designers can use to get to goals that others are promoting. We are discussing even more initiatives in this area and how we can work with the organizations to accelerate the dialogue.

Hope this helps explain what the IES is doing in the areas you mentioned in your article.

St. Louis, Missouri