Coopersburg, PA (March 27, 2014)
, maker of energy-saving wireless lighting and shade controls, is
helping contractors comply with state and national building codes designed to
automatically reduce electricity use in unoccupied spaces by requiring automatic
control for 50% of the receptacles in commercial buildings.
code-compliant Lutron solutions – 20 A
PowPak® relay module
A Energi Savr Node™ with SoftSwitch®
, and the XP switching
–provide receptacle control (and in some cases lighting control) from
a single device, offering a convenient way to save energy and meet code.
Plug loads are now the third highest contributor to electricity usage in
most office buildings, and this is expected to increase as more occupants use
personal computers and other electronics.1
As such, two
energy codes are now in effect to reduce the waste:
- California Title 24 2013 – requires circuit control for 125 V
receptacles (15 and 20 A) in rooms like private offices, open office areas,
reception areas/lobbies, conference rooms, kitchenettes in office areas and copy
- ASHRAE 90.1-2010 – requires automatic receptacle control for
125 V receptacles (15 and 20 A) in rooms like private offices, open office areas
(including modular partition receptacles), and computer classrooms. 50% of all
receptacles must be controlled.
“Contractors need a simple solution
for meeting code and reducing energy consumption,” said Brian Donlon,
Vice-President of Sales, U.S.A., at Lutron. “Lutron offers three unique
solutions for any size space that will not only control receptacles, but comply
with state and local energy codes making it an even stronger value for the
client. We are pleased to provide such a robust suite of solutions to help our
customers tackle this very real issue of plug loads wasting energy,” he said.
To comply with the ASHRAE 90.1 and Title 24 Codes, Lutron offers the
- Single circuit solution — 20 A
PowPak relay module offers wireless control with simple, button-press
programming. Can be used as a standalone solution for receptacle control or
incorporated into a Lutron Energi TriPak® lighting control system. The module
communicates wirelessly with Lutron Radio Powr Savr wireless occupancy sensors,
turning off power to the receptacles when the room is unoccupied. The module can
also receive inputs from Pico® wireless controls for manual switching.
- Multi-circuit solution — 20
A Energi Savr Node with SoftSwitch controls up to four 20 A receptacle or
lighting (120 V/277 V) circuits from the same module with no additional
equipment required. Can be used as a standalone, single-area solution, or
integrated into a Quantum® Total Light Management™ system. Receptacles are
controlled via wired or wireless occupancy/vacancy sensors or personal controls,
or via timeclock scheduling. A 0-10V version is also available and provides
0-10V dimming, switching, and receptacle control from one device.
- Panel-based Solution — XP switching
module controls up to 48 receptacle or lighting (120V/277V) circuits with
new 20 A XP switching modules. Modules are available for use in standalone XPS
or LCP128 systems or as part of XP or CCP utilized in a Quantum
total light management system. Receptacles are controlled via wired or
wireless occupancy/vacancy sensors or personal controls, or via timeclock
All three solutions will be available in April.