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.
In this webinar, we will describe the results from our field study in detail. We will also lay out a number of actions that can be taken by building operators, designers, energy professionals and utility program professionals to combat this growing load.
Scott Hackel PE, LEED AP
Principal and Director of Engineering
Scott consults with architects and engineers on energy efficient building designs and systems. He also conducts applied research on technologies and processes through both field monitoring and extensive energy modeling. He has specialized in the study of ground source heat pumps and lighting and HVAC controls.
Scott is an active member of ASHRAE at both the local and national level; at the national level being an integral part of the Geothermal Energy technical committee. He's also a member of the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance.
Scott has Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as a graduate certificate in energy analysis and policy.
Operations and Contracts Manager
Center for Energy and Environment
Christopher Plum has over 20 years experience managing projects, including research and development projects. As contracts and operations manager his focus is on preparing contracts and proposals as well as assisting CEE's project managers in keeping their projects on time and on budget. From 2009 to 2014 he was Program Manager of the State Government Public Buildings Energy Efficiency Enhancement Program (State PBEEEP) he coordinated recommissioning studies of over 200 Minnesota state government buildings. He is currently working on energy saving programs for small commercial and industrial customers.
Since earning his PhD in Chemistry at Cornell University, which focused on energy transfer in chemical processes, Dr. Plum has worked in the areas of carbon dioxide sequestration, process efficiency, market research and property management. He has a BA in Chemistry from Swarthmore College and an MBA from the University of Minnesota.
Thea is an architectural designer and sustainable design specialist who practices a holistic form of architecture wherein sustainable facilities contribute to the health and resilience of the organizations that inhabit them. She has a Master of Architecture and is currently working toward completing her Master of Sustainable Design.
This project was supported in part by a grant from the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources through the Conservation Applied Research and Development (CARD) program, which is funded by Minnesota ratepayers.