2014 Annual Seminar - The Code of the Future

San Francisco IEEE / IAS


Friday, February 28, 2014 – Hilton Pleasanton


Session 1 – Title 24 Code Update.
The morning presentation will cover four important topics relating to the code requirements being implemented in 2014.
LED Lighting

Eric Leber,
Cree Lighting

Lighting Controls, Metering and power segregation

Ron France,

Lighting Design

Halley Fitzpatrick,
Arup Engineering

and Testing: New Final Building Acceptance Protocol

Rick Miller.
RNM Engineering


Speaker:  Eric Leber, Cree Lighting

Abstract: Why is LED lighting important today?  Subjects Covered: LED considerations for power efficiency, heat dissipation, optics, and systems integration.  Current market trends and opportunities.  How to identify quality LED lighting and understanding LED ratings.  Last portion of the lecture will focus on LED applications and case studies showing the impact of LED.

Biography: Eric Leber has been in energy efficiency management and lighting for over 10 years.  He has designed and led projects for Yahoo!, Kaiser Permanente, Caesar’s Palace, Hilton Hotels, and wineries, such as Kendall Jackson.  Mr. Leber has published several articles regarding his work with lighting retrofits in the New York Times, MSNBC, and Forbes.com.  He was most recently featured in the “Practical Wine and Vineyards” and “Wine Business Monthly” magazines for energy management solutions in food process manufacturing.  Mr. Leber has also worked with algae growth development on the Hawaiian Islands and the regulation of circadian rhythms in the body by using solid-state lighting.  In 2010, he led an energy management branch based in San Leandro to earning 6 PG&E awards.  Mr. Leber is currently a Business Development Manager at Cree, a US based LED manufacturer.  His current focus is to help educate and specify LED lighting design solutions for a more energy efficient future in California.

Speaker:  Ron France, Leviton

Abstract: Overview of the new Title 24 code, summarizing changes and the impact and concerns on the design of commercial buildings, parking garages, and site lighting.  Design impacts on dimming systems, daylight harvesting systems, overall lighting controls, sub-metering, plug load control, and demand response will be discussed.

Biography: Ron France is a 1985 graduate of Youngstown State University with BSAS degree in Electrical Engineering Technology.  He has over 25 years of electrical engineering experience working primarily with URS out of Grand Rapids Michigan.  At URS he branched out of the electrical department and developed a communications engineering department to design voice, video and data systems. He led the effort to integrate lighting controls and building management systems into facility design.  He has also been a VP of Sales for CTA in Grand Rapids, a local lighting rep agency in charge of all technical support, including Leviton Lighting Energy Solutions.  He has since joined Leviton and relocated to the bay area serving Northern California as a Technical Sales Specialist.  Ron’s specialties include: lighting, lighting control design, building management systems integration, network integration and general electrical engineering.  Ron is a local member of IES and the Ben Franklin Club and resides with his family in Antioch, CA.

Speaker:  Halley Fitzgerald, Arup Engineering

Abstract: The new version of Title 24 code is light on LPD changes but comes with major changes to minimum lighting control requirements. These changes will affect lighting control systems and zoning, the light fixture specified, and lighting layouts. This presentation is a brief – but detailed – look at how these changes will affect lighting system design for several project and space types. 

Biography: Halley Fitzpatrick is a Lighting Consultant for Arup who specializes in minimizing the energy use of lighting systems while maintaining quality in the luminous environment. In addition to commercial and institutional lighting design, Halley's experience includes interactive lighting exhibit design, software programming, lighting energy audits, and recommendations for existing buildings. Notable lighting design projects in Halley's portfolio include the Yale University Ingalls Rink (IES Illumination Award of Merit), California Science Center Endeavor Space Shuttle Exhibit, National Grid Headquarters (LEED "double" Platinum), and the Samsung Device Solutions American Headquarters (currently under construction).
Mr. Fitzpatrick is an experienced speaker and lighting educator specializing in classes with a focus on energy with consideration for the end-users. He has taught classes and guest lectured for The PG&E Pacific Energy Center, University of California, Yale School of Forestry, and Academy of Art University, as well as various local IES and AIA chapters.
Halley holds a Master’s of Science degree in Building Systems Engineering and a degree in Architectural Engineering, both from the University of Colorado in Boulder. He is also a CA licensed Professional Electrical Engineer.

Speaker:  Rick Miller, RNM Engineering

Abstract: “Paperwork” – The Bane of the New Title 24
So you think you know what Title 24 is all about?  You know about the allowable watts for lighting and about the required controls for lighting, now learn about the required paperwork!  Yes, Title 24 requires paperwork and lots of it.  “Passing grades” are required by the designer, commissioning agent, manufacturers and vendors, installing contractor, and acceptance testing technician.
Rick Miller will share how to survive the Title 24 paperwork tide.  A quick review of the thirteen Certificates of Compliance that the design engineer needs to complete and place in the drawings in order to submit for a building permit will be followed by an explanation of the Commissioning process and its five Certificates of Commissioning Review to be completed by the commissioning agent.  Learn about the eleven Certificates of Installation that are required to be completed by the installing contractor or the construction foreman.  Rick will finish his session by explaining the job of the newly created Certified Lighting Controls Acceptance Testing Technician and the four Certificates of Acceptance that are required to be completed.  If everyone has done everything right then all that the Building Inspector is required to do is to verify that all the Certificates are completed with a passing grade.

Biography: Rick Miller, PE, LC, LEED AP, CLCATT has designed lighting and power systems for architects, engineers and builders for nearly forty years.  He frequently presents seminars on lighting controls at IEEE, IES, PG&E, SCE, and SMUD.  He is the principal co-author of the California Lighting Controls Training Program (CALCTP), and trains electricians how to install lighting controls.  Most recently, he became a Certified Lighting Controls Acceptance Testing Technician, a position created by the new Title 24 energy code.  Mr. Miller is a licensed electrical engineer in California and several other states.

The afternoon presentations will cover several important topics relating to National Electrical Code changes and the final session will be Q and A.

Session 2:  Code Update: Engineering Design to comply with the NEC and CEC

Speaker:  John Taecker, P.E., Underwriters Laboratories

Abstract: John will present an overview of the significant changes to the 2011 National Electrical Code (NEC), which is the basis for the 2013 California Electrical Code (CEC).  Changes include service definitions, labeling requirements for available fault currents, fine stranded conductor terminations, grounding electrode requirements, reorganization of Article 310, health care facilities, and three new NEC articles.

Biography: John Taecker, P.E. has worked for Underwriters Laboratories Inc. for 28 years. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and is a California Registered Professional Engineer in Safety Engineering. He has served on various building, mechanical, and plumbing code development committees, and actively participates in all levels of the code development process for ICC and IAPMO. He is a nationally recognized speaker on electrical, building, mechanical, and plumbing products and installations.

Session 3:  Q & A with Your Favorite Electrical Equipment Supplier Reps.

For the previous two IEEE Seminars, the four “Fixtures” from GE, Eaton, IEM, and Schneider Electric have reviewed power distribution equipment basics, and discussed specifications.  This year, the GE and Eaton Representatives will stand before the seminar attendees with open minds to answer your questions.  So, bring some hard questions pertaining to electrical distribution equipment, products and applications, codes and standards, and they will do their best to address your industry issues and concerns. 

Speaker:  Chris Lovin, Eaton:  Mr. Lovin holds a BSEE from the University of Illinois and is a registered PE in the state of Illinois.  With over 24 years at Eaton, Cutler Hammer / (Westinghouse) he has held positions in sales marketing, operations as well as engineering.
Speaker:  Gary Fox, PE, General Electric:  Mr. Fox received his BSEE from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 1978.  A 35 year veteran of GE, he is currently a Senior Specification Engineer, providing application and technical support for power distribution and control equipment.


Friday - February 28th 2014
7:30am: Registration begins 8:30am: Continental Breakfast 8:30 am to 4:40 pm: Conference w/ Lunch
Hilton Pleasanton