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LEGRAND AND WATTSTOPPER TO PRESENT CONSIDERATIONS FOR ELECTRICAL DESIGN IN HIGH-PERFORMANCE BUILDINGS AT VERGE 2014

Presence will include a case study discussion on best practices, research and product previews


WEST HARTFORD, Conn., October 20, 2014 — Legrand and WattStopper, a Legrand Group brand, will highlight the importance of electrical system design in achieving high performance buildings through its comprehensive participation at VERGE San Francisco. The global event that focuses on the intersection of sustainability and technology takes place October 27-30 at the Palace Hotel.  

Pete Horton, Vice President, Market Development for WattStopper, will present key findings from the company’s work with Parkland Hospital, the largest U.S. healthcare construction project underway, while WattStopper showcases its latest product intended to improve building performance and functionality.

“We are looking forward to an engaging experience at Verge,” Horton said. “We are proud to join our valued partners from Parkland Hospital and M.C. Dean to share our insights from the revolutionary healthcare project, while simultaneously showcasing WattStopper’s latest innovations in lighting and energy management solutions. We hope to educate and inspire VERGE attendees with innovative research, inspiring projects and forward-thinking product solutions.”

Jerry Nickerson, Vice President, Engineering and Program Controls at Parkland Hospital and Bill Dean, CEO at M.C. Dean will join Legrand and WattStopper to present the case study. Together they’ll discuss Parkland Hospital’s vision for true high performance — a technologically advanced, sustainable, patient-centered healing environment and state-of-the-art teaching facility. Embracing a "whole building design" approach required the hospital, the electrical controls provider, and the electrical design-build systems integrator to collaborate and take on new approaches, partnerships, techniques and applications.

“Designing a building infrastructure that would meet the exceptionally high performance standards and demands was a complex undertaking that required bringing together leaders in products and system design,” Nickerson said. “I am eager to share Parkland’s guiding principles and key considerations during this case study presentation with Legrand and M.C. Dean.”

The conversation will be moderated by Peter Kelly-Detwiler, Principal at NorthBridge Energy Partners, LLC and will share key learnings while detailing how innovative approaches in whole building and electrical design can utilize data to improve building operations, energy efficiency and occupant experience.

“This case study offers a powerful opportunity for M.C. Dean to share the important role of electrical system design in high-performance buildings, and to illustrate that these systems rely on collaboration from all stakeholders,” Dean said.

Also debuting at VERGE is Legrand’s latest whitepaper, “The New Dynamic of High Performance Buildings: Advanced Electrical Design Principles in Practice.” The whitepaper will explore the five key principles that can serve as the basis for electrical design in buildings striving for optimal performance. The following principles will be detailed and illustrated by applications in various real-world HPB projects:

  • Employment of lifecycle planning
  • Focusing on building occupants
  • Enabling of device connectivity
  • Embracing IT and open systems
  • Harvesting of system data

Additionally, the Legrand booth at VERGE will feature demonstrations of WattStopper’s High Performance Building solutions, including previews of its new Digital Lighting Management software. The software offers a robust energy management dashboard that provides actionable energy performance data - critical for achieving HPB objectives.

“We are pleased to join a diverse group of leaders representing many sectors and perspectives to exchange ideas on the intersection of sustainability, technology and innovation in meeting today’s global challenges,” said Susan Rochford, Vice President Sustainability, Efficiency and Public Policy for Legrand.

For more information about Legrand and its product lines, please visit www.legrand.us.

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About Legrand
Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value and acquisitions are prime vectors for growth. Legrand reported sales of close to $6 billion in 2013. Legrand has a strong presence in the North American market, with a portfolio of well-known product lines that include Cablofil, Electrorack, Middle Atlantic, NuVo, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Vantage, WattStopper, Wiremold, and the recently acquired C2G and Quiktron product lines. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, Corporate Oekom Rating and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819). www.legrand.com