Model Documents

IPWEA has identified that there is a pressing need for a robust set of freely available model specifications and other template documents to assist with procurement and application for suppliers, councils, road authorities and electrical distribution utilities, and for model business plans and strategy documents for those considering making the investments, including third parties such as financiers, insurers and purchasers. Domestic and international experience is that model documents such as these can facilitate the accelerated uptake of the new and beneficial technologies.

A fundamental tenet of overseas model specifications is that they are driven by user groups not supplier groups and that they can be changed quickly to adapt to evolving user needs and changing technologies.

The key model documents planned under the SLSC Programme are as follows:


Model LED Lighting Specification

(Completion expected March 2017)

This model specification will use precedents from the US Department of Energy’s Municipal Solid State Lighting Consortium (MSSLC) and other benchmarks such as the US DesignLights Consortium, LightSavers Canada Program, NZTA M30 Specification and the Chicago Infrastructure Trust. The Model Specification will build on SA/SNZ TS 1158.6 and other relevant performance standards, specifications and guidance documents by augmenting AS/NZ and SA/SNZ documents that are currently there is no guidance available or technology has stepped forward".

Model Smart Controls Specification

(Completion expected March 2017)

Like the Model LED Lighting Specification, the Model Smart Controls Specification will build on good international precedent. With the exception of the UK and Europe, this is a significantly less mature market for a variety of reasons including the complexity of technologies and issues, the rapidly developing nature and variety of technologies, the more distant financial returns, the significance of large social benefits available with less quantifiable or direct returns, and the fact that unless informed decisions are made before LED luminaires are installed, later options can be unintentionally foreclosed.

Model Investment-Grade Business Plan

(Completion expected March 2017)

Substantial investment is required to upgrade to new lighting technologies so the business case for that investment needs to be robust. Projects of this size need to ensure that all the requirements of a business case are identified to ensure that the decision-making body overseeing the investment decision is fully informed, including of the risks and risk mitigation measures. The Model Investment-Grade Business Plan will provide a template that should meet most investor’s needs, including those of councillors, financiers and government agencies.

Model Street Lighting Strategy

(Completion expected July 2017)

A business plan provides a strategically coherent business case that emphasises economic issues in a mass upgrade situation. However, local governments more broadly need to meet the short and long term lighting needs of a wide range of stakeholders including ratepayers, electors and regulatory authorities. For infrastructure that affects public safety, security, and is highly visible, an overall street lighting strategy is highly recommended. This type of strategy typically provides guidance on minimum acceptable lighting levels, lighting design requirements and the basis for council requirements with public lighting. It can also provide guidance about the strong advantages, and the often mis-informed disadvantages of upgrading street lighting.