All Eyes on California's New Energy Code

California's Title 24-2005, which went into effect Oct. 1, 2005, mandates that lighting in homes be high efficacy or be controlled either by an occupancy sensor or dimmer. Sensors must be “manual on/automatic off;” time delays cannot exceed 30 minutes; and the sensor must not be “overridden on.”

Perhaps electrical personnel from other states should pay attention to the trail California blazes with its new energy code. Said Darren Blankenship, principal for lighting rep Blankenship & Associates, Spokane, Wash., “The Washington state legislature has been following the lead of California, and we think that we're going to have something like a Title 24 pretty soon. That's the writing on the wall.”

Blankenship and other Washington state electrical reps, specifiers and distributors spent time last year getting up to speed on guidelines for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) after Washington enacted legislation in July requiring new public facilities exceeding 5,000 square feet to achieve Silver LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Blankenship said Watt Stopper, Santa Clara, Calif., did a great job partnering with his agency to teach specifiers and engineers how the manufacturer's products can contribute toward LEED certification.

Watt Stopper also introduced a new line of vacancy sensors designed to save energy and comply with residential Title 24 last year. The new vacancy sensors can replace any standard wall switch and use passive infrared (PIR) technology to detect occupancy.

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