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US (CA): California Energy Commission to host workshop about proposed grow LED regulations

The California Energy Commission (CEC) will host a remote-access workshop to present and discuss proposed changes to industrial process standards for the 2022 update of the Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Energy Code).

The workshop will be held remotely, consistent with Executive Orders N-25-20 and N-29-20 and the recommendations from the California Department of Public Health to encourage physical distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19. The public can participate in the workshop consistent with the direction in these Executive Orders. Instructions for remote participation via Zoom are below.

This webinar will include staff presentations on proposed new standards for controlled environmental horticulture and for steam trap monitoring as commercial and/or industrial processes in the 2022 Energy Code. There will be opportunities for public comment.

Specific measures and topics of discussion include, but are not limited to:

  • Controlled environment horticulture
    • Lighting efficacy
    • Efficient dehumidification and reuse of transpired water
    • Greenhouse envelope 2
  • Steam Trap Monitoring

California’s Building Standards Code is updated on a regular three-year cycle. The CEC oversees Part 6 of that code, the Energy Code. Staff is evaluating proposed amendments for possible inclusion in the 2022 Energy Code.

For context, the 2019 update to the Energy Code includes new requirements for installation of solar photovoltaic systems in newly constructed low-rise residential buildings, updates to air filtration standards applicable to all buildings, and new provisions specific to healthcare facilities. The 2022 Energy Code will improve upon the 2019 Energy Code by revising and updating energy efficiency standards for newly constructed buildings, and additions and alterations to existing buildings.

The goal of this workshop is to solicit feedback from stakeholders and members of the public before the start of the formal rulemaking process. The next steps following these workshops include drafting of Express Terms of the 2022 Energy Code, followed by a formal adoption proceeding and public comment period beginning in early 2021. After concluding the public process, staff anticipates publishing the 2022 Energy Code during the first half of 2022, presenting it to the CEC and the California Building Standards Commission for adoption, and setting an effective date of January 1, 2023. Based on this schedule, the standards will apply to building permit applications submitted on or after January 1, 2023.

Join Proposed 2022 Energy Code Controlled Environmental Horticulture Workshop: 
Meeting ID: 955 1306 4701
Meeting password: 014264

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