Research

LHB’s Research Studio conducts research projects that inform policy, programs, and practice to reduce the impact of the built environment on natural resources and greenhouse gas emissions.

Services

  • Data collection, analysis, measurement and verification
  • Communication of results through data visualizations, reports, presentations

Office Plug Load Study

The Impacts of Office Plug Load Reduction Strategies research study evaluated plug load energy usage in office buildings in Minnesota to determine the extent of the problem as well as testing solutions. LHB teamed with Seventhwave and CEE to conduct this multi-level field experiment funded by the Minnesota Department of Commerce Energy Division Conservation Applied Research and Development (CARD) grant program.

Energy savings were evaluated from multiple reduction strategies including advanced power strips, timers, computer power management, and behavior change campaigns. The study put plug loads into context and established effective reduction strategies for building owners, operators, and designers.

Findings and strategies were shared through a website, webinar, research paper, fact sheet, and presentations to Minnesota businesses and governmental agencies with the goal of communicating actionable strategies to achieve office building energy reduction.

Commercial Energy Code Study

LHB is partnering with Seventhwave and Franklin Energy on this CARD-funded energy baseline and market characterization study of commercial buildings in Minnesota. The goals of the study are to characterize the energy efficiency for new and renovated buildings, identify specific opportunities for increased energy savings through existing commercial energy codes, and recommend measures for increased energy savings that go beyond existing code requirements. LHB is leading outreach efforts, conducting field work, and identifying savings opportunities.

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