e-News #30: How to Keep Energy Consumption in Elevators "Going Down"

April 13, 2001
 
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In today's modern building stock, elevators can consume five to fifteen percent of a building's total energy usage, depending on the other services running in the building. Although this usage is much less than HVAC and lighting power consumption, it's still an area into which design engineers can build significant energy reductions.

Before we delve into the details of elevator energy performance, it's important to understand some general ideas about how elevators use electricity.

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