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WHEN: Friday, February 28, 2014 – Hilton Pleasanton

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There will be 5 presentations in this all-day event in Pleasanton. You’ll want attend because each presentation offers the current information in ENERGY SAVINGS and CODE Updates.

Session 1 – Title 24 Code Update

The morning presentation will cover four important topics relating to the code requirements being implemented in 2014.

Speaker:  Eric Leber, Cree Lighting

Abstract: Why is LED lighting important today?  Subjects Covered: LED considerations for power efficiency, heat dissipation, optics, and systems integration.  Current market trends and opportunities.  How to identify quality LED lighting and understanding LED ratings.  Last portion of the lecture will focus on LED applications and case studies showing the impact of LED.

Speaker:  Ron France, Leviton

Abstract: Overview of the new Title 24 code, summarizing changes and the impact and concerns on the design of commercial buildings, parking garages, and site lighting.  Design impacts on dimming systems, daylight harvesting systems, overall lighting controls, sub-metering, plug load control, and demand response will be discussed.

Speaker:  Halley Fitzpatrick, Arup

Abstract: The new version of Title 24 code is light on LPD changes but comes with major changes to minimum lighting control requirements. These changes will affect lighting control systems and zoning, the light fixture specified, and lighting layouts. This presentation is a brief – but detailed – look at how these changes will affect lighting system design for several project and space types.

Speaker:  Rick Miller, RNM Engineering

Abstract: “Paperwork” – The Bane of the New Title 24

So you think you know what Title 24 is all about?  You know about the allowable watts for lighting and about the required controls for lighting, now learn about the required paperwork!  Yes, Title 24 requires paperwork and lots of it.  “Passing grades” are required by the designer, commissioning agent, manufacturers and vendors, installing contractor, and acceptance testing technician.

Rick Miller will share how to survive the Title 24 paperwork tide.  A quick review of the thirteen Certificates of Compliance that the design engineer needs to complete and place in the drawings in order to submit for a building permit will be followed by an explanation of the Commissioning process and its five Certificates of Commissioning Review to be completed by the commissioning agent.  Learn about the eleven Certificates of Installation that are required to be completed by the installing contractor or the construction foreman.  Rick will finish his session by explaining the job of the newly created Certified Lighting Controls Acceptance Testing Technician and the four Certificates of Acceptance that are required to be completed.  If everyone has done everything right then all that the Building Inspector is required to do is to verify that all the Certificates are completed with a passing grade.

 Session 2:  Code Update: Engineering Design to comply with the NEC and CEC


Speakers:  John Taecker, P.E., Underwriters Laboratories and  Mike Stone, NEMA

Abstract: John and Mike will present an overview of the significant changes to the 2011 National Electrical Code (NEC), which is the basis for the 2013 California Electrical Code (CEC).  Changes include service definitions, labeling requirements for available fault currents, fine stranded conductor terminations, grounding electrode requirements, reorganization of Article 310, health care facilities, and three new NEC articles.

Session 3:  Q & A with Your Favorite Electrical Equipment Supplier Reps.

For the previous two IEEE Seminars, the four “Fixtures” from GE, Eaton, IEM, and Schneider Electric have reviewed power distribution equipment basics, and discussed specifications.  This year, the GE and Eaton Representatives will stand before the seminar attendees with open minds to answer your questions.  So, bring some hard questions pertaining to electrical distribution equipment, products and applications, codes and standards, and they will do their best to address your industry issues and concerns.


Chris Lovin, Eaton:  Mr. Lovin holds a BSEE from the University of Illinois and is a registered PE in the state of Illinois.  With over 24 years at Eaton, Cutler Hammer / (Westinghouse) he has held positions in sales marketing, operations as well as engineering.

Gary Fox, PE, General Electric:  Mr. Fox received his BSEE from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 1978.  A 35 year veteran of GE, he is currently a Senior Specification Engineer, providing application and technical support for power distribution and control equipment.

There are Vendor Exhibits, lunch is included and each participant will get a copy of  “NEC 2011 Analysis of Code Changes” as well as the speakers’ presentation notes and handouts.

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LIGHT up your Life… greenly!

Just in time for Earth Day, Lutron’s Mobile Experience Center is coming to three San Francisco-area Lowe’s stores to educate shoppers about the latest developments in energy-efficient lighting.

Lutron’s Mobile Experience Center is a mobile home outfitted with several residential vignettes and equipped with the latest in lighting controls and automated shade systems. Visitors to the Experience Center can see for themselves how lighting controls can save energy and learn which models will work best in their homes.

In conjunction with Lutron’s Mobile Experience Center, Lowe’s will be hosting its Build and Grow clinic program on Saturday, April 23rd. Children ages 2 to 5 are invited to learn basic home improvement skills and to create a free, wooden birdhouse. Each participant also receives a free apron, goggles, a project themed patch and a certification of merit upon completion of their project. Participants must register ahead of time by visiting www.Lowes.com/BuildandGrow.

Event Times and Locations:

Lowe’s–Thursday, April 21, 10am-2pm

  • 1935 Arnold Industrial Way
  • Concord, CA 94520

Lowe’s –Friday, April 22, 10am-2pm

  • 720 Dubuque Avenue
  • South San Francisco, CA 94080

Lowe’s–Saturday, April 23, 10am-2pm Earth Day Build & Grow Clinic

  • 1340 El Camino Real
  • San Bruno, CA 94066

Standalone Secureline Clothes Line

Looking for the next step in making your home green? The solution may be “hanging” right in front of you! Nearly 80 percent of Americans are not taking advantage of one of the easiest and most affordable ways to “green” their homes*.

With Earth Day approaching, Secureline™ by Lehigh, the nation’s leading manufacturer of clothesline and cordage, is hoping to convert more Americans to an easy earth-friendly habit: line drying. It is one of the easiest and biggest ways to save energy.

Keep in mind:

Clothes dryers are typically one of the most expensive home appliances to operate, accounting for about six percent of total electricity usage.**
If all Americans used clothesline or wooden drying racks, the savings would be enough to close several power plants.***
Over its expected lifetime of 18 years, the average mechanical clothes dryer will cost you approximately $1,530 to operate.**

Standalone Secureline clothesline units retail for under $50, and indoor or outdoor clotheslines are available for about $20 at national retailers.  It is a bargain, and “easy green”.

It’s available on Amazon right now for $13.40