What is coming for Title 24 – 2016 Residential Energy Standards Code?
Title 24 Energy Code Standards are MANDATED for every residential project built, making a minimum energy efficient code all buildings must abide to, in order to get a final permit. You are hearing more about the energy code because: it becomes more stringent every three years, third party testers are now required to ensure compliance is met, and building inspectors are enforcing it. About every three years, the energy code standards change in an effort to get every new building to eventually become net zero (building produces as much energy as it uses making the building self-sustainable) or as close as possible. The government’s goal is that all new residential buildings will be net zero ready in 2020 and all new commercial buildings in 2030. This is also why some products you installed in one development a year ago, may not qualify to be installed in next year’s project. Every building and every project are different, the code allows for some items to have a tradeoff in order to meet compliance, different climate zones dictate and prompt different energy efficient compliance minimums, and building orientation all could have an effect on a project’s energy calculations.
2016 Energy Standard Code will officially go in to effect for projects permitted on or after January 1, 2017.
New for the 2016 Residential Energy Standards…
- All Occupant Sensing controllers have max timer of 20 minutes
- All Installed luminaires shall be high efficacy Table 150.0 A
- Count of Blank Electrical boxes more than 5 ft. above floor limited to amount of bedrooms. Must Controlled by dimmer of Vacancy sensor.
- Recessed Lights cannot have screw based lamps.
- All Recessed Lighting, LED GU-24 socket, and any screw based lamps still need to be High Efficacy, but must a CEC certified product AND controlled by Dimmer or Vacancy Sensor (Except hallways and closets >70sf for controls)
- Bathrooms, Garages, Laundry, Utility Rooms at least 1 light is controlled by Vacancy Sensors
CEILINGS AND RAFTER ROOF
- Option A: Insulation above deck (R8 No Air Space or R6 with air space) AND R38 at Ceiling and Radiant Barrier
- Option B: Insulation below deck (R18 No Air Space or R13 with Air Space) AND R38 at Ceiling and NO Radiant Barrier
- Option C: R38 at Ceiling and Radiant Barrier and Ducts In conditioned Space.
- Being compared to a U-Factor of 0.050 (no option without rigid foam meets this)
- Duct Leakage reduced to 5% (from 6%)
- Duct Insulation increased to R8 with HPA OR R6 with Option C Attic
- Liquid Line Filter Drier installed if Manufacturer’s instructions call for it.
- Option 1: Tankless water heater with 200kBtu
- Option 2: Storage Tank with 105kBtu AND QII Insulation AND Compact Hot Water Design OR All Hot water Pipe Insulation
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