Title 24. What is it?

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If you are planning a new business building or renovating an existing one in California, you will need your project to comply with Title 24 of the California Energy Code. This code lays out requirements that help make businesses more energy-efficient, cost-effective and eco-friendly.

Title 24 is a collection of energy standards for California buildings. Its goal is to promote energy efficiency in new homes and commercial construction. Since 1978, California residents have had to comply with Title 24, Part 6 of the California Code of Regulations in their homes and businesses. This section specifies energy-efficiency standards designed to make the state’s energy usage more responsible and sustainable.

The main reason Title 24 is focused on the energy efficiency of buildings is that they are one of the major contributors to electricity demand. Buildings can cause things like an electricity crisis or blackouts when they create unstable conditions for an already fragile electrical system.

Following the California electricity crisis that occurred in 2001 and 2002, the Energy Commission has been focused on reducing energy demands for buildings to prevent another crisis like that from occurring.

There are a couple of different ways to achieve Title 24 compliance, and they are categorized as either prescriptive or performance measures:

Prescriptive Measures

This type of compliance methodology involves updating the specific building functionality in question to comply with a particular mandate. It is the simplest most straightforward method to achieving compliance.

Performance Measures 

This type of compliance involves making updates to the overall building performance. This method results in levels of efficiency that are so impactful that they generate efficiency credits which can be applied to other building functions that have less of an efficiency payback.

Walalights new Circadian Rhythm Lighting System meets CA 24 requirements. Using energy efficient LED panels, advanced software and BiLevel Dimming/Daylight Harvesting/Occupancy Vacancy Sensors, customers can be sure that they will be complying with the regulations and helping conserve energy and helping the environment.

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