Plug loads—the energy consumed by what building users plug into a socket rather than the energy it takes to heat or light a room—illustrates how much end-users impact overall building energy use. To be able to achieve a Net-Zero Energy Building, the ‘plug load problem’ should be incorporated into early energy modeling for the building. In addition, creating an education process whereby end-users (if known) understand the effects of their actions on overall building energy use is a key step towards achieving the highest level of green standards.
Energy modeling needed to overcome ‘plug load problem’ to meet high green standards
Accounts for dynamic shading from trees, buildings and other structures.
Energy benchmarking survey shows flat emissions pattern over past 20 years.
For evaluating window wall, curtain wall and storefront systems.
Capacity to store more than 2 million gallons of storm water on site.
Based on British standard and a publicly available standard.
New business models create disintermediation.
Benefits include driving tax revenue, business activity, and smart development.
Parking spots converted to bike lanes, transit is fast and easy.
Includes automatic shut offs for buildings of all sizes.
Can be combined with virtual net-metering software and tax-enabled financing.