Title 24

Show Me the Light - Work in Progress

The beauty of the design business is the challenge to create whatever it is our clients desire. Our latest client called on DM+A to open up his living room and flood it with light, but still provide privacy. After walking the clients penthouse unit in San Francisco, we knew the solution to add the largest possible skylight was the way to go.


8' x 12' is the maximum size allowed for the Lutron Tensioned Roller Shade system, which will provide a flooding of light and the tensioned shades will provide for privacy. This system will keep the shades taut with the least possible amount of sag.


Rollamatic Roofs, manufacturer of retractable roofs and operable skylights, will install the skylight to provide the room with light and ventilation. They are also providing the double pane low-e glass which conforms to Title 24 requirements for energy efficiency. Big thanks to them for the referral.


Now, here is the piece de resistance, Luminii's Kilo Recessed System. We will recess this LED light system along the perimeter of the skylight well to provide a warm halo of dimmable light.

Here's how Netflix installed the light system in their San Jose office.

Stay tuned for an updated post once the project is complete.


Give us a call if you would like more information on passing the stringent codes and Title 24 Energy Efficiency standards required for a project like this.


Remodeling? Be Prepared for New Lighting Requirements in 2014

Simulated Cafe  Environment at Acuity Brands Center for Light & Space in Berkeley t24logoI had the opportunity to attend a California Title 24: Building Energy Efficiency Standards Seminar at Acuity Brands Center for Light & Space in Berkeley.  This seminar focused on the upcoming changes to the CA Title 24 lighting requirements which will take effect in 2014.  Essentially the standards will be adding layers of control to the lighting systems.  So that when a space is unoccupied, energy isn’t being wasted.  This isn’t just the use of adding occupancy sensors.  It is also adding multi-level lighting controls so lights have different settings and light levels for different activities.  To get more specialized you could do automatic day lighting controls or demand response controls.  This allows lighting to be adjusted during the peak hours of a day or having a central hub where you can control light settings.  There is a lot of information and a professional would be able to help navigate you through the requirements.  This may seem like a nuisance which costs more money, but when you see the figures, in the long run you end up saving money.

For more information and specifics on the changes, review What's New in the 2013 Code from California Lighting Technology Center.