The California Lighting Technology Center, in collaboration with the California Energy Commission, is conducting research to develop and evaluate technology that integrates automated controls for heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC), electric lighting and dynamic fenestration systems. The integrated system is referred to as the Integrated Building Control Retrofit Package (IBCRP), as it is aimed for retrofit projects in existing commercial buildings.
The Residential Lighting Design Guide outlines best practices in lighting design to help builders comply with California's 2016 Title 24 Energy Standards requirements.
- Explanation of the code
- Technical and compliance information
- Lighting design examples
The lighting design guide will cover code explanation and floor plan examples of the following areas:
This Office Lighting course is offered through PG&E’s Energy Training Center and taught by an industry professional from CLTC. This course is designed for those who design, specify, or inspect lighting installations in new and remodeled commercial office spaces. The curriculum includes an overview of current lighting technologies, including LED luminaires, and updates on new lighting requirements and sections in the 2016 standards.
Learning outcomes for course participants include the ability to:
Widespread adoption of LED lighting for general illumination applications is poised to be the single, largest advancement in lighting efficiency during the 21st century. Due to its potential, a variety of market actors have introduced LED products and made associated performance claims that have set the technology up with somewhat unrealistic expectations regarding system efficacy and longevity. To compete in this market, LED manufacturers have focused on research to improve efficacy and reduce product costs, often at the expense of product quality and feature optimization.
CLTC, in partnership with Southern California Edison, recently kicked off a new project portfolio to assess controls, lighting, and daylighting technologies and their potential for commercial applications. The new projects will have elements of market assessment, EM&V, and selected demonstrations.
The project focus is on evaluating the following technologies:
CLTC is partnering with Bosch to demonstrate the Bosch Direct Current Building-Scale Microgrid Platform (DCBMP) at an American Honda Motor Co., Inc. warehouse facility. Bosch will demonstrate the effectiveness of the DCBMP, a commercial-scale DC building microgrid that integrates advanced technologies to provide reliable power to the connected loads, resilience during grid outages, increased building energy efficiency and renewable energy utilization.
Effective July 1, 2014, California’s new Title 24, Part 6 standards require that bathrooms in residential homes have at least one high-efficacy luminaire installed in them. (The remaining installed luminaires may be low efficacy and controlled by a vacancy sensor.)
In an effort to accelerate market advancement in this product category, CLTC is collaborating with Pacific Gas and Electric Company and LED manufacturer Seoul Semiconductor to develop a high-efficacy, “best-in-class” LED vanity luminaire for residential bathrooms.
California’s current Title 24 requirements for building energy efficiency call for some high-efficacy lighting in a limited number of residential space types, such as kitchens and bathrooms. A future code requirement that all residential lighting be high efficacy has the potential to yield significant energy savings across the state, but implementation must first be proven practical and cost-effective.