The Department of Energy has released a document with decision guides for plug and process loads in commercial buildings.
Plug and process loads (PPLs) consume about 30% of the primary energy in U.S. commercial buildings today, the department says. That figure is expected to rise to 35% by 2025.
The decision guides were created to help building owners find the right control strategy for PPLs in their buildings. The guides are targeted for different building types, and outline the costs, potential savings, complexities, and user-friendliness of various control strategies and their applications to each building type.
The guides can also help building owners determine whether a control is appropriate for particular project applications such as staged retrofit projects, whole-building retrofits, new construction projects, and projects that involve tenants and landlords. The document also provides links to additional resources that can further help building owners assess and reduce the energy use that is associated with PPLs, find rebates for PPL control measures, and procure the right control types for building equipment.