California’s newest Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24, Part 6) take effect July 1, 2014 and include an unprecedented number of requirements for lighting controls. To ensure newly installed lighting controls operate properly, the new standards also require that a certified lighting controls acceptance test technician conduct and document all required lighting controls acceptance tests. This requirement applies to all non-residential lighting controls projects regulated by Title 24, and acceptance testing must be completed and documented before a certificate of occupancy can be issued.
“Including certified acceptance test technicians in Title 24 is a big step forward in the right direction,” notes CLTC Director Michael Siminovitch. CLTC partnered with utilities, electrical contractors, and California’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program in support of the requirement, which is designed to maximize both the energy and cost savings provided by lighting controls.
Hundreds of certified technicians are ready to fulfill the new role, having successfully completed the lighting controls acceptance test (AT) technician training program offered through the California Advanced Lighting Controls Training Program (CALCTP).
CALCTP is the first, and currently the only, program approved by the California Energy Commission to train and certify AT technicians for the new role. Trainers expect that eventually thousands of skilled workers throughout the state will be able to help builders satisfy the new compliance requirement. CALCTP-AT technicians receive extensive instruction on Title 24 acceptance testing procedures and compliance documentation, as well as hands-on experience with technologies they will work with in the field.
The CALCTP model has proven so effective that it has been adopted in five other states, through the National Advanced Lighting Controls Training Program (NALCTP).