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On December 31, 2017, Florida will transition to a new building code with updated guidelines for automatic receptacle control, electrical energy monitoring, lighting control provisions and requirements for additional efficiency package options. Changes for lighting control in the 2017 Florida Building Code – Energy Conservation, or known as the 6th edition, include regulations for automatic daylight-responsive controls, occupancy sensor controls, and exterior lighting.
The biggest changes to the lighting and power control provisions, according to Harold Jepsen, vice president of standards and industry, building control systems at Legrand, are:
Florida Building Codes are uniformly adopted statewide for all local jurisdictions, and is updated, by rule, every three years to adopt the most current International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). The 2017 Florida Building Code for commercial buildings follows the 2015 IECC model energy code and, with a few amendments, including the automatic receptacle control and electrical energy monitoring provisions from ASHRAE 90.1. The code also permits ASHRAE 90.1-2013 to be followed as an alternative path of compliance.
This Quick Read was contributed by Legrand and submitted by Naomi Millán, senior editor, Building Operating Management. To learn more about how energy codes are driving changes in lighting technology, go to https://www.facilitiesnet.com/15822bom