Incorporate efficient plug and process load solutions into building designs
Integrating plug and process load (PPL) efficiency solutions into the design process for new construction projects, renovations, or capital improvement projects, is an important approach to ensure higher energy savings in your building. Design teams should consider PPL efficiency solutions during the various phases of each building project, and assess standard specifications, operations, and design standards to increase energy savings opportunities.
Furthermore, PPL capacity and power requirements are often overestimated, causing design teams to oversize electrical infrastructure and cooling systems. The guidance provided below will help design teams improve the sizing and design of these systems, decrease upfront capital costs, and allow systems to operate more efficiency.
Plan for appropriate plug and process load capacity and power requirements
- Plug and Process Loads Capacity and Power Requirements Analysis (Technical report)
- Plug and Process Loads in Commercial Buildings (Fact Sheet)
Install a distribution transformer that will reduce energy use by more than 15% using the distribution transformer specification
- Low Voltage Distribution Transformer Specification
- Low Voltage Distribution Transformer Calculator
- Consortium for Energy Efficiency: Distribution Transformer Initiative
- National Electrical Manufacturers Association: Distribution Transformer
- Department of Energy's Distribution Transformer Rulemaking