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Equipment and Lighting Loads

Lighting, HVAC equipment, water heaters, and appliances all consume energy in the form of either electricity or fuel. All of these things are important to understand and optimize for high performance building design, and are important inputs for whole building energy analysis simulation. The equipment, lighting, and plug loads described…

Thermal Loads

Thermal loads are the amount of energy needed to be added or removed from a space by the HVAC system to keep occupants comfortable. Right-sizing the HVAC system the HVAC system requires understanding the heating and cooling loads within the space. High performance buildings seek to reduce these loads as…

Building Energy Loads

Energy loads are how much energy your building needs. These demands can be provided by electricity, fuel, or by passive means. Understanding building loads can be a complex topic because there are so many interrelated terms to navigate. The infographic below can help you navigate these terms and make better…

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