Chicago, Illinois (PRWEB) February 14, 2013
Littman Bros Lighting encourages lower energy use through in residential and nonresidential buildings by offering a range of energy efficient and LED products to its customers. As the LED industry and recognition for more energy efficient lighting progresses so does the energy standards in California – it’s that time of year for the triennial amendments to California’s Title 24 and Title 20 and some updates are definitely being made.
California energy codes were created by the California Building Standards Commission in 1978 and these codes are sporadically updated by the California Energy Commission (CEC) in order to incorporate new energy efficiency technologies and methods. The advances in California’s energy-efficiency are directly related to the new residential lighting standards, which include the necessity of LEDs or energy efficient luminaires.
California’s Title 24 and Title 20 are standards set by the CEC – Title 24 operates as the starting point for construction of buildings and Title 20 regulates appliance energy efficient regulations and both will be amended this year, as they do just about every three years. Littman Bros projects in California tailor commercial lighting packages to all comply with these codes and regulations.
According to energy.ca.gov, the Energy Commission’s 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24) are 25 percent more efficient for residential construction and 30 percent more efficient for nonresidential construction – “The Standards, which take effect on January 1, 2014, offer builders better windows, insulation, lighting, ventilation systems and other features that reduce energy consumption in homes and businesses.”
According to Karen Douglas, Energy Commissioner, furthering the energy efficiency for buildings will save energy for decades.
“These Standards will help save consumers money on their utility bills, keep them comfortable in their homes, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through better, more efficient buildings,” Douglas said in a May 2012 press release.
Most importantly, the changes and 2013 amendments to Title 24 make energy efficient lighting the norm and along with the Title 20 efficiency regulations for lamps and luminaires, these amendments will allow for a massive decline in energy consumption for California. In addition to these amendment changes, as a part of Title 20, California is trying to pass a voluntary quality LED lamp standard, similar to Energy Star.
Littman Bros Lighting is very involved in helping consume less energy and carries Energy Star lighting as well as LED lighting and energy efficient designs from brands like Kichler Lighting, Hinkley Lighting, AFX Lighting, ET2 Lighting and so much more. With new products being release this year, we expect to see even more updated efficient and effective designs to come.