Automatic controlled receptacles are a plug load control technology integrated into the electrical plug socket that allow power to be automatically switched on and off. The main control types are occupancy based controls, which use an occupancy / vacancy sensor, or scheduled based controls, which use a timer or other programmable clock device.
Both ASHRAE/IES 90.1-2016 (Section 8.4.3) and Title 24, Part 6 (Section 130.5(d)) include requirements for automatic controlled receptacles. There are discussions underway regarding potential updates to both requirements. In October 2019, the International Code Council (ICC) approved new provisions for automatic controlled receptacles for the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), with will align IECC and ASHRAE/IES.
The ASHRAE/IES 90.1 lighting subcommittee was tasked with exploring these concerns and determining if the requirements need to be modified to make it easier for builders to comply, potentially by providing an alternative compliance pathway.
The Statewide CASE Team was asked to conduct stakeholder outreach and collect perspectives to help inform decisions to potentially modify requirements for controlled receptacles. The goal of this information gathering exercise was to understand the market’s experience with and barriers to implementing automatic controlled receptacles.
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