The California Lighting Technology Center’s 2016 Residential Lighting Guide assists builders and lighting industry professionals in navigating the residential lighting portion of California’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24, Part 6). California's new residential Building Energy Efficiency Standards take effect on January 1, 2017.
Overall, the 2016 Standards focus on several key areas to improve the energy efficiency of newly constructed buildings, additions and alterations to existing buildings. The most significant efficiency improvements address attics, walls, water heating and lighting. The California Energy Commission estimates that the 2016 Standards will deliver approximately 281 gigawatt-hours of electricity savings annually and reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions by 160,000 metric tons. This is enough electricity to power 500,000 California homes each year.
This guide includes explanation of the new requirements for residential lighting detailed in the 2016 Energy Standards and includes best-practice recommendations and sample lighting plans. The new guide also includes information on current lighting technologies, energy-efficient lighting strategies and lighting design principles.
The guide is sponsored by Energy Code Ace and developed in collaboration with the California Energy Commission. It complements the California Energy Commission's Residential Compliance Manual as well as energy education classes on lighting offered through PG&E and Southern California Edison.