Sustainability speaker series: reducing energy in office spaces

"It was really exciting to learn how much opportunity there is to conserve energy in places we haven't thought of before," comments Rick Morris, clean energy organizer of the Rochester Sierra Club.

Posted: Apr 12, 2018 11:00 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn.-
"About 20 percent of buildings annual consumption is tied up in plug loads, and we could reduce it by about 50 percent relatively easily, using some pretty simple technology," explains Kevin Bright, the energy and sustainability director for the city of Rochester and Destination Medical Center.

Plug loads are the impact of electronics powered by plug-ins. On Wednesday, Rick Carter with LHB Architects presented a study on how to reduce plug loads in office settings. The presentation was the fifth monthly installment of DMC's Sustainability Speaker Series.

The study was conducted by LHB Architects, Seventhwave, and The Center For Energy.

According to the study, plug loads make up around 28 percent of the energy used in typical office spaces, and almost 50 prcent of the energy used in high performance office spaces.

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