In response to the 1970’s energy crisis, state lawmakers developed The California Energy Code, also known as Part 6 of Title 24.  This landmark mandate is also what spurred on the creation of the California Energy Commission (CEC), whose mission is threefold: forecast future energy needs, support efficiency through appliance standards, and support renewable energy technologies. The folks at CEC implemented the first version of Part 6, Title 24 in 1978, and those efficiency requirements (and subsequent versions) have reduced more than 250 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions since – an extraordinary milestone that’s been reached by reducing the energy consumed by the states’ buildings, particularly in the areas of lighting, HVAC, and process equipment.

To support the rapid development of new technologies and changes in the energy business, Title 24 is updated every three years, enabling the California Energy Commission (CEC) to make substantial progress toward their increasingly aggressive energy reduction goals, such as California Carbon Zero, a pledge to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.

One particularly energy-intensive sector in California is commercial and industrial facilities, which account for 23% of the state’s electricity consumption. A stunning 38% of that energy is used to light these large spaces – many 24×7, regardless of occupancy or available sunlight. To address these substantial – and unnecessary – energy burdens, the latest incarnation of Title 24 will require the most aggressive lighting controls yet, including occupancy sensing and daylighting in more facilities than ever before.

And that is where intelligent LED lighting systems shine. Pun intended. For commercial and industrial customers, intelligent LED lighting systems are a successful tool for both meeting Title 24 efficiency requirements, while locking in maximum project incentives, and aligning lighting with a facility’s needs. In fact, with the next round of updates to the program, the functionality provided in intelligent LED systems – with integrated networking and controls – will be help facilities meet the increasingly stringent requirements.

California’s energy reduction machine has been hard at work, and other states are looking to it for guidance.  I’ve heard utility folks from Massachusetts, Ohio, and other states reference Title 24 when discussing their own efficiency programs – proud that they’re meeting the most rigorous energy requirements in the country. So, even if you don’t live or work in California, you should be prepared for Title 24, because you’ll likely encounter its ripple effects in relatively short order. And, regardless of where you run your business, intelligent lighting is always a smart decision – bringing new levels of efficiency, performance, control and flexibility to your facility.

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