Residential Lighting: What's New in the 2016 Title 24, Part 6 Code?

Residential Lighting: What's New in the 2016 Code?
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California's new residential Building Energy Efficiency Standards take effect on January 1, 2017. 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.

These standards represent a major step towards meeting California's residential Zero Net Energy (ZNE) goal by the year 2020. Updates enhance and simplify previous requirements and lay the foundation for additional efficiency improvements slated for 2019 code. This publication offers an overview of important requirements and major updates to the 2016 residential lighting energy efficiency code.

Major Changes

  • All high efficacy lighting
  • JA-8 Updated
  • Simplified Control Requirements