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Nonresidential Lighting: What's New in 2019 Title 24, Part 6 Energy Code?

02/04/2019

California's new nonresidential Building Energy Efficiency Standards take effect on January 1, 2020. The 2019 Energy Standards focus on several key areas to improve the energy efficiency of newly constructed buildings, additions and alterations to existing buildings.  Significant changes in the 2019 Energy Standards address ventilation, HVAC, demand response and lighting. Notably, the 2019 Energy Standards now include requirements for healthcare facilities, although there are many exceptions for this building type.

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IES LD+A Research Matters: California's 'Million LED Challenge' Sets an Ambitious Goal

11/14/2018

This year, California demonstrated leadership as the first state in the country to set appliance efficiency regulations for general service lamps that ensure both lighting quality and efficiency.  To build on this leadership and accelerate the adoption of the high-quality, energy efficient LED lamps, in July 2018 the University of California launched a new procurement program known as The Million LED Challenge.  The program supports the UC Office of the President’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative, which commits the UC to emitting net zero greenhouse gases from its buildings and vehicle fleet b

IES LD+A Research Matters: A New R&D Center for Mexico's Lighting Industry

08/15/2018

In the fall of 2017, the Mexican Ministry of Energy awarded funding to the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara in collaboration with the University of California Davis to establish a lighting technology and design research center known as the Centro de Tecnología de Iluminación (CTI). This is a multi-year, public-private investment focused on addressing growing climate change concerns through translational research committed to clean energy and sustainability in Mexico.

IES LD+A Research Matters: LiDAR Shows Potential for Increasing Sensor Coverage Area in Outdoor Applications

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05/14/2018

LiDAR has made the news in recent months as part of various high-profile archeological and geological projects. From discovering Mayan ruins to mapping our coastal seashores, LiDAR is the tool of choice. The technology also plays a critical role in autonomous vehicles, security systems and agriculture. LiDAR, shorthand for Light Detection and Ranging, may also prove useful in common lighting applications including potential use as a long-range occupancy detector to control outdoor lighting.

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