Hubbell partners with energy-efficient wireless lighting developer Lutron to solve new building code reqs

Hubbell Wiring Device-Kellems and Lutron Electronics collaborate to address new building code requirements.

SHELTON, Conn. & COOPERSBURG, Pa. -- Hubbell Wiring Device-Kellems, a specialist manufacturer of electrical devices and energy management products, and Lutron Electronics, a provider of energy-saving, wireless lighting and shade control technology, announced that the companies are collaboratively developing new products that they say 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. Hubbell says the partnership 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 reliability and openness of Lutron’s Clear Connect wireless technology, coupled with their nearly 20-year history of wireless device expertise, will make this strategic alliance a success,” comments Vic Flagello, director of energy Management Products at Hubbell. “We look forward to offering plug-load control products embedded with Clear Connect technology based on its reliability and ease of configuration."

The use of automated controls for lighting and HVAC has dramatically increased efficiencies of these systems in modern facilities, note the companies. 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, claims Hubbell. 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.

"Effectively controlling plug loads presents some challenges to our industry, but Hubbell is committed to providing solutions that enable our customers to comply with these new requirements with ease," concludes Flagello. "Wireless, device-to-device communication is an important component of this commitment and Lutron's Clear Connect technology has a track record of consistent, reliable performance."

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