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DMC Sustainability Speaker Series


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Please join us on Wednesday, April 11 from noon-1 p.m. at the Rochester Public Library (Meeting Room B, 2nd Floor) for a presentation from Rick Carter of LHB Architects.

Rick will highlight the key methods to reduce the impact of plug loads (the energy used by products powered by ordinary AC plugs) in office environments.

Plug load energy—from computers to copiers to water coolers—represents a relatively untapped energy savings resource in commercial buildings. And unlike most types of loads like lighting, heating, and other end uses, plug load energy use is increasing nationwide. The energy efficiency industry needs to do more to both identify and quantify strategies for reducing plug load.

Seventhwave, along with the Center for Energy and Environment and LHB, has completed a field research study to demonstrate and measure savings from potential plug load reduction strategies in office buildings. We also characterized the types of devices and baseline usage in those offices, and documented occupant acceptance, operational issues and the cost-effectiveness of reduction strategies.