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Next-generation buildings will target occupants and the amount of energy consumed by plug-in devices, experts say.
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In a Net-Zero energy building, the remaining (low) energy consumption is dominated not by heating and colling, but plug loads. So occupant behavior change should be the next focus. Confirmed by this 100 engineers and architects from the design and build community.
Occupants in Net-Zero energy buildings are usually measured as a plug load. Monitoring & limiting plug loads are methods of managing energy use in a building.
We've made tremendous strides in conserving energy in buildings using new technologies like dynamic glass and advanced insulation materials. But there is still far to go.
Greenbiz.com reports on panel of engineers, architects and other experts in Net Zero buildings who say the next front on energy efficiency will be changing the behavior of occupants.
To these panelists, paying more attention to the occupant means paying attention to plug loads. That's the amount of energy consumed by devices plugged into electrical sockets.
"Occupant behavior change plus creative ideas equals Net Zero," says Humphrey of DPR Construction.
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