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LHB's Plug Load Study Wins ACEC/MN Honor Award

Tuesday, February 13, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rhea Sullivan
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Minnesota and Wisconsin; (February 13, 2018) –  LHB’s Impacts of Office Plug Load Reduction Strategies Study received an Engineering Excellence Honor Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Minnesota (ACEC/MN). This 51st annual competition recognizes engineering achievements that exhibit the highest degree of merit and ingenuity. Entries were judged based on originality and innovation; future value to the engineering profession; social, economic and sustainable design considerations; complexity; and meeting the client’s needs.

Impacts of Office Plug Load Reduction Strategies is a recently completed research study on plug load energy usage in Minnesota offices conducted by Seventhwave, Center for Energy & Environment, and LHB. 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 program.

Plug load energy—from computers to copiers to water coolers—represents a relatively untapped energy savings resource in commercial buildings. In contrast to other end uses including HVAC and lighting, plug load energy use is increasing nationwide. To achieve performance goals and optimize energy efficiency, building owners, operators, and their architects and engineers must better understand plug loads. Seventhwave, with LHB and CEE, conducted a field research study to demonstrate and measure savings from potential plug load reduction strategies in office buildings. The team characterized the types of devices and baseline usage in those offices, and documented occupant acceptance, operational issues and cost-effectiveness. LHB led the dissemination of results, providing guidance to building owners and design teams on effective implementation of plug load reduction strategies. The final report can be found at:

LHB offers a full spectrum of sustainable architecture, engineering, planning, and consulting services. Our firm leads in the research, design, and evaluation of high performance environments. Our holistic approach connects process, product, and performance creating a feedback loop on which we continuously build experience and knowledge. LHB’s Performance Services Group enables our clients to both enhance the quality of their built environment and minimize their impact on the natural environment, while becoming more efficient and reducing operating expenses. To learn more about LHB’s Performance Services Group, visit

LHB is a multi-disciplinary engineering, architecture, and planning firm known for its design leadership and loyalty to clients. LHB goes beyond good intentions and focuses on measurable performance. We specialize in several focus areas including public works, pipeline, industrial, housing, healthcare, government, education, and commercial design. LHB is dedicated to being environmentally responsible, reducing long term operating costs, and improving the quality of life for their clients. For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Bill Bennett at 218.279.2450, or visit, LinkedIn, and Twitter @LHB_AEfirm

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