California Energy Commission Approves New Building Efficiency Standards

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 10:07 -- MrGreen

The California Energy Commission (CEC) recently approved revised building efficiency standards that have been in discussion for the past year. The process began last summer when workshops were held to consider changes to California's Title 24 law, covering energy using products found in residential and non-residential buildings. The new standards (entitled 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards) will take effect on January 1, 2017.

One area of focus for new construction is residential lighting. The revised CEC lighting standard requires the use of high efficiency lamps in all indoor living spaces. The new requirements are expected to cut energy use in new homes by half. Below are some of the key requirements governing lighting:

  • Light source initial efficacy: ≥ 45 lm/W
  • Power factor: ≥ 0.90
  • Color Rendering Index (CRI): ≥ 0.9 and R9 value (red) ≥ 50
  • Dimming capability: to 10%
  • Reduced flicker operation: between 100% and 20% output
  • Rated life: ≥ 15,000 hours
  • Compatibility with NEMA SSL7A (LED only)
  • 5 year manufacturer warranty

Revised definitions, details regarding test procedures, and other can be found in the documentation in the Express Terms for the 2016 standards. Additional information, including an infographic and FAQ page, can be found on the 2016 standards main page.