The California Energy Commission voted to allow an optional compliance pathway for Section 141.0(b)2I of the 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Standards) governing lighting alterations projects. This alternative compliance pathway, or compliance option, went into effect immediately.  This is the action that the industry has been advocating on behalf of in order to fix the overly stringent lighting control standards that have been unnecessarily complicating and driving-up tenant improvement costs to existing spaces.

Under this optional compliance pathway, a lighting alteration project may demonstrate compliance with Section 141.0(b)2I of the 2013 Standards by:

  1. Achieving either a 50 percent reduction in installed lighting power in hotel, office, and retail occupancies, or a 35 percent reduction in all other occupancies; and
  2. Meeting the lighting control requirements that apply when a project is installing 85 percent or less of its allowed lighting power (Tables 141.0-E and F), excluding the requirement for two level lighting control or compliance with §130.1(b).

In order to document the use of this optional compliance pathway, form NRCC-LTI-06-E (Revised 04/16) must be used to calculate the Allowed Lighting Power. That value must then be entered into the appropriate field on form NRCC-LTI-01-E (Revised 08/15), Table C, Row 6.

Sound complicated?  Well, it’s much better than the previous rule that allowed for no flexibility in meeting these standards.  For additional information on this compliance option, the complete staff analysis may be downloaded here.

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