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Do I have to model 25% default process energy loads even if the anticipated loads in the building will be much smaller?

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Project teams should model process loads as designed. If process energy accounts for less than 25% of the baseline energy cost for the building, project teams should provide narrative justification for the low process cost, but should not arbitrarily set the process loads to 25% of the baseline load. The narrative justification could include the process energy densities (watts per square foot) as well as the schedule assigned to the process loads.

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