2013 California Energy Code Title 24, Part 6: Controlled Receptacles Reply

The latest edition of California Title 24 has kicked in and brings with it many changes to incorporate into building design. One of these is the requirement for controlled receptacles in private and open offices, lobbies, reception areas, break rooms, conference rooms, copy rooms and hotel guest rooms. These receptacles will be separately identified and will turn off upon area being vacant for period of time similar to the lighting shutoff requirements. Thankfully with a decent lighting control system this is achieved with just a few more devices (power packs or sensors or both) in each area. The controlled receptacles may be part of a ‘half-hot’ duplex which can keep device count from expanding. And lastly, forget using plug-in devices with integral sensors as those will not comply with the code requirement. More on Title 24 to follow…