Posted in education on February 12, 2015 4:38 pm EST

Lighting Design Guides Support Efficiency Standards

Five downloadable lighting design guides now available to builders, contractors, and other lighting industry professionals to meet or exceed California's Building Energy Efficiency Standards.

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By Church Designer Staff

The California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) at the University of California developed the five guides as part of the California Statewide Codes and Standard’s Energy Code Ace training program to encourage support and compliance with the Title 24 requirements. They are available online at no cost here: (visit link).

The office, retail, and outdoor lighting guides were created to help people navigate updates to the nonresidential portion of the Title 24 building standards. The residential and high-efficacy residential lighting guides help those working on zero net energy and sustainable residential projects meet and exceed the requirements of the standards. CLTC is a not-for-profit research, development and demonstration facility dedicated to accelerating the development and commercialization of next-generation, energy-efficient lighting and daylighting technologies.

The standards, which took effect July 1, 2014, are designed to help California meet its energy and climate goals. They aim to improve the energy efficiency of homes by 25% and make nonresidential buildings 30% more efficient than the 2008 standards. Updated requirements for retrofit projects, lighting controls, and demand response capability are included in the standards. Adaptive lighting, which automatically dims or shuts off when it’s not needed, is the new standard in California.

Each lighting guide provides an overview of the code updates, current lighting technologies, lighting design concepts and principles, and best-practice recommendations. Explanations of code requirements are accompanied by recommendations for implementing the standards in new construction or renovation projects. The guides help put the code into context with specific examples and case studies.


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