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Energy Commission Approves 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards

Published: Fri, 06/19/2015

On June 10, the California Energy Commission unanimously approved building energy efficiency standards that will reduce energy costs and increase comfort in new and upgraded homes and other buildings.

The standards, which take effect on Jan. 1, 2017, focus on three key areas: updating residential requirements to move closer to California's zero net energy goals, updating nonresidential and high-rise residential requirements, and improving the clarity and consistency of existing regulations. 

APEC funding supports international coalition for developing sustainable lighting design best practices

Published: Wed, 06/17/2015
APEC funding supports international coalition for developing sustainable lighting design best practices

With new funding awarded from the Asia‑Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the California Lighting Technology Center, UC Davis will continue to lead an initiative focused on developing lighting strategies designed for use in sustainable building projects. The funding, awarded under the winning proposal titled “Establishing Lighting Best Practices and Educational Programs to Achieve Deep Energy Savings,” will support workshops intended to build a collaborative of researchers committed to the development of sharable lighting best practices that will achieve deep energy savings through retrof

High Color Rendering Can Enable Better Vision without Requiring More Power

Published: Mon, 03/02/2015
High Color Rendering Can Enable Better Vision without Requiring More Power

A new article advocating for high color rendering in consumer lighting products and the policies that support their adoption is now available.  The paper is a collaboration between CLTC, the University of British Columbia and the National Research Council of Canada.

The article focuses on the tradeoff between color rendering accuracy and lamp efficiency to show that high color rendering accuracy is appropriate and, contrary to a common misconception, does not intrinsically require greater electrical energy consumption.

CLTC Hosted University of California Global Climate Leadership Council Meeting

Published: Fri, 02/20/2015
CLTC Hosted University of California Global Climate Leadership Council Meeting

CLTC hosted the University of California Global Climate Leadership Council meeting on February 25.

UC President Janet Napolitano formed the council to advise UC campuses on achieving the ambitious goal of carbon neutrality by 2025 while providing guidance for furthering other longstanding sustainability goals. The council will offer direction on integrating the carbon neutrality initiative into UC’s teaching, research and public service mission.

CLTC Director Michael Siminovitch and undergraduate student Elaine Swiedler represents UC Davis on the council.

2013 Title 24, Part 6 Lighting for Office Applications Guide

Published: Mon, 02/09/2015
2013 Title 24, Part 6 Lighting for Office Applications Guide

The California Lighting Technology Center’s Lighting for Office Applications Guide is designed to familiarize builders and lighting industry professionals with the office nonresidential portion of California’s 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24, Part 6).

The guide includes the compliance process and requirements, current lighting technologies, and recommendations for implementing the standards in new construction or renovation projects. It serves as a resource for those involved in constructing, maintaining, or retrofitting California's office buildings.

CLTC Helped To Successfully Commercialize Next-Generation Sensor

Published: Thu, 12/11/2014

The commercialization of Echelon's Lumewave MWX-LVE long-range outdoor microwave sensor illustrates CLTC's success in supporting advanced sensors for adaptive outdoor applications.

CLTC demonstrated and supported the next-generation sensor, which detects movement and can distinguish between slow and fast moving objects such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorized vehicles. The sensor reacts to the size of objects from longer distances, automatically raising the light levels to high output when the areas are occupied and lowering them when areas are vacant.

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