Title 24, Part 6 Nonresidential lighting tips and tricks

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Let's be frank, California's building energy code is complex and can be confusing. But, complying with it is the law, and can save energy and money. Trade Professionals can help facilitate energy code compliance for their customers, giving them an advantage over their competitors. Below are some pointers for navigating current Tile 24, Part 6 Nonresidential Lighting requirements.

Top 5 Resources and Tips

  1. New Dynamic NRCC-LTI-E form
    This is not your old school form. This new dynamic nonresidential indoor lighting form from the Energy Commission simplifies compliance while dramatically reducing the number of pages. It evaluates compliance while the form is being filled out and provides guidance on where the lighting design is NOT meeting compliance.

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  2. Energy Code Ace Nonresidential Lighting Wheel
    Literally spin this wheel to determine whether an indoor lighting installation meets code requirements. Gain guidance on the following for both new construction and alterations:
    • Allowed lighting power (W/ft2) for a given lighting area category
    • Lighting controls necessary for a given area category
    • Special considerations and exceptions for the above

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  3. Energy Code Ace/CLTC Nonresidential Lighting and Electrical Power Distribution Application Guide
    This "picture manual" to the energy code walks through the nonresidential indoor, outdoor and sign requirements with case studies, call-outs to great resources and "code-in-practice" stories that illustrate how the energy code applies to lighting projects.
    • Download the guide
    • Order print copies at Amazon.com. Search for "Energy Code Ace" in "Books."
  4. Call in an expert: CABEC Certified Energy Analyst (CEA)
    Make sure you have an expert by your side. Use a Certified Energy Analyst (CEA) to help you meet and exceed code requirements. These professionals have proven their mastery of the energy code by passing a rigorous, full-day exam, and demonstrated their experience in the industry. With their help, learn how to make your projects comply and possibly qualify for financial incentives from the utilities.
  5. Have a good lighting audit
    An audit that collects all information needed to determine the best method to proceed with a lighting retrofit is critical. Without it you may miss opportunities to pursue a compliance method allowing use of existing lighting controls. Do your homework, make sure you are collecting all applicable data before sending an audit crew and ensure you have as many options as possible.

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    • For more on Energy Code Ace resources and training for the lighting industry, download the program's brochure on the topic
    • Visit EnergyCodeAce.com to find outhow the program's free tools, training and resources can help you play your cards right by complying with California's building and appliance energy efficiency standards. And while you're there, register to receive updatesabout new offerings, and Title 20 and Title 24, Part 6 news.