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August Lunch & Learn: Advancing the Last Frontier - Commercial Plug Loads

Starts On - August 8, 2017 - 11:30am
Ends On - August 8, 2017 - 1:00pm

Join us August 8 for a Lunch & Learn about Commercial Plug Load Efficiency.

This event will be held live in the Twin Cities at WSB & Associates, Inc. (701 Xenia Avenue South #200, Minneapolis, MN 55416), and a live webinar will be held by the Northeast Branch at LHB Duluth (21 W Superior St. Suite 500, Duluth, MN 55802).

Plug load energy use in commercial buildings has dramatically increased, especially in contrast to the decrease in other more regulated end uses such as heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) and lighting. In the 1970s, the average plug load energy in Minnesota’s office buildings was about 2 percent (or 2 kBtu/ft2 /year), and has grown to 15-25 percent today.

The increasing importance of plug loads is most evident when a building is striving for a much lower Energy Use Intensity (EUI), based on targets found in LEED or Architecture 2030. Buildings are striving for EUIs of 40 or below, meaning 50 percent or more of a building’s target EUI is consumed by plug load, making it increasingly difficult to meet performance goals for the built environment.

This session presents the results of a recent study that has evaluated plug load energy usage in office buildings in Minnesota in order to determine the extent of the problem, and also test solutions. By combining a characterization study, field measurements of several reduction strategies, and user satisfaction interviews, you’ll learn effective plug load approaches for new and existing office buildings. Session attendees will gain an understanding of several cost effective strategies that can be implemented in their workplaces.

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  • Rick Carter, Senior Vice President - LHB, Inc; LEED AP BD + C, LEED Fellow
  • Thea Rozenburgs, Architectural Designer / Sustainability Experts - LHB, Inc.

Sponsor: We are currently recruiting sponsors for this program. If your company is interested, please contact Brent Suski.

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Tickets: $10 Members | $20 Non-members. Not a member? Join USGBC Minnesota.

Lunch is provided.