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18 December California

State of California
​2013 California Electrical Code effective January 1, 2014 – Title 24, Part 6 Energy Code effective date delayed to July 1, 2014
The 2013 California Electrical Code, based on the 2011 National Electrical Code, will become effective in California on January 1, 2014.  The 2013 California Electrical Code (which is Title 24, Part 3 of the California Construction Codes) was adopted and published earlier in 2013 with minimal state amendments.  The most significant amendments are in Article 517 regarding Health Care Facilities and related Emergency Systems in Article 700. 

On December 11, 2013, the California Energy Commission unanimously voted to delay implementation of the Title 24, Part 6 Energy Code until July 1, 2014.  The Title 24 Energy Code was scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2014, along with the rest of California’s Title 24 Building Construction Codes.  However the Energy Commission, citing the unreadiness of performance compliance software and the need for industry and building departments to become familiar with the new standards, voted to delay implementation for six months.

The 2013 Title 24 California Energy Code has new requirements that are significantly more stringent than the previous standards.  The requirements will not change before July 1, 2014 only the effective date has been changed.  The new provisions include an expansion of the use of lighting controls in non-residential buildings.  Lighting systems also must now be commissioned by an approved acceptance tester who is registered with the California Energy Commission.  There is also a new section with requirements for non-residential power distribution systems.  New areas regulated by this section include service metering, disaggregation of electrical circuits, mandatory maximum voltage drop, controlled receptacles, mandatory demand response capability and energy management systems.  Once in effect, the CA Title 24 Part 6 Energy Code will be one of the most stringent in the nation, projected to save approximately 30% more energy than the current standards. 
Contact:  Mike Stone: mike.stone@nema.org


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