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How to defeat the massive plug-load monster: The plug-load threat is emerging like a monster against building en...

How to defeat the massive plug-load monster: The plug-load threat is emerging like a monster against building en...

Plug loads are becoming more and more important in efficiency efforts. Because lighting retrofits are the most common energy-efficiency measure, lighting loads have remained stable as commercial floor space has increased. HVAC loads have grown proportionally to the 0.9-1.2 percent average annual growth in floor space. But even though efficiency of electronic devices has constantly improved, proliferation and increased use of office equipment continues to elevate plug loads as a percentage of the total building energy use. Since 1995, plug load energy consumption has increased about 235 percent. Since the building shell and major building systems are becoming more efficient and the solutions for reducing plug loads are challenging to implement, plug loads become a larger and larger piece of a shrinking pie.

Full article: http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2012/05/16/rising-plug-load-...

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