Under the California Energy Commission's Appliance Efficiency Program, many products that use water and/or energy in their operation are subject to established efficiency standards. Any product that is regulated by the state - and the list is long - must be certified for compliance with the standards and included on the CEC's appliance efficiency database in order to be sold or offered for sale in the nation's most populous state.
A revision enacted in July 2016 regarding certain lavatory faucets may be causing confusion. Here's what you need to know:
- The change reduced the maximum flow rate for non-public lavatory faucets from 2.2 gpm to 1.2 gpm. This change affects any lavatory faucet that's not readily accessible to the general public, including those in homes, offices, hospital rooms, hotel rooms and more. Public faucets - those readily accessible to the general public as in a restaurant, airport or stadium restroom - continue to have a maximum flow rate of 0.5 gpm.
- A state-issued clarification of the regulations indicated commercial kitchen faucets are exempt from the regulations, though there's some question as to whether separate handwash sinks would qualify under the exemption.
- T&S has responded to the regulation change with a full line of products that meet the standards, including manual, sensor, concealed widespread, medical and other faucets commonly used in lavatory sinks.
When planning for installation in California, remember the key question to consider is whether the lavatory faucet is public or non-public and select the appropriate product accordingly.