Hubbell Wiring Device-Kellems and Lutron Electronics recently announced the collaborative development of new products that will enable the electrical industry to better comply with new building code requirements for controlling electrical outlets and their associated plug loads.
Hubbell will embed Lutron’s Clear Connect radio frequency (RF) communication technology directly into Hubbell’s Load:Logic plug load control products. This announcement expands the interoperability of Clear Connect-enabled devices, provides the industry with a much-needed, code-compliant solution, and allows installers to easily control electrical outlets in new and existing facilities without learning new systems or performing extensive commissioning.
The use of automated controls for lighting and HVAC has dramatically increased efficiencies of these systems in modern facilities. In contrast, miscellaneous plug loads connected to electrical receptacles have been left uncontrolled and can now approach 50% of a high performance building’s energy footprint. To address this, ASHRAE 90.1-2010, California Energy Commission, and LEED v4 require that 50% of power outlets must be controlled in most areas of a building.