Special Issue on HVAC and Sustainability

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Submissions are welcome for the new Special Issue at Energies MDPI where I am guest editor.

Topics: #energyefficiency #HVAC# Sustainability #IEQ #thermalcomfort and many others.

Deadline: April, 27th 2022. https://www.mdpi.com/…/Building_Sustainable_District

New paper on energy data mining now published

Office Building Tenants’ Electricity Use Model for Building Performance Simulations
https://www.mdpi.com/1996-1073/13/21/5541

Abstract

Large office buildings are responsible for a substantial portion of energy consumption in urban districts. However, thorough assessments regarding the Nordic countries are still lacking. In this paper we analyse the largest dataset to date for a Nordic office building, by considering a case study located in Stockholm, Sweden, that is occupied by nearly a thousand employees. Distinguishing the lighting and occupants’ appliances energy use from heating and cooling, we can estimate the impact of occupancy without any schedule data. A standard frequentist analysis is compared with Bayesian inference, and the according regression formulas are listed in tables that are easy to implement into building performance simulations (BPS). Monthly as well as seasonal correlations are addressed, showing the critical importance of occupancy. A simple method, grounded on the power drain measurements aimed at generating boundary conditions for the BPS, is also introduced; it shows how, for this type of data and number of occupants, no more complexities are needed in order to obtain reliable predictions. For an average year, we overestimate the measured cumulative consumption by only 4.7%. The model can be easily generalised to a variety of datasets.
Keywords: building simulationoffice buildingsenergy performanceenergy modellingHVACanalytical modellingstatistical analysis

New paper published: “A novel method for calculating heat emitter and controller configuration setpoint variations with EN15316-2”.

We published a new article! Highlights of the paper, available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jobe.2020.101387:

  • A novel method for the accurate calculation of total setpoint variations.
  • Effects of real system losses are better represented than with component assessment
  • Simulations of annual energy consumption compare losses for new and old building.
  • A common platform to compare emission efficiency under standardised conditions.

Abstract:
Estimating heat emission losses of heating systems is an important task of energy efficiency assessments in buildings. However, the present international standards do not specify how emission losses should be calculated or measured for different emitter and control system configurations. Aiming to fill this gap, here we propose a method for computing the temperature setpoint variations by addressing the heat distribution throughout a room with space heat emitters. This general and exact procedure enables the calculation of product category-specific setpoint variations for different types of heat emitters, accounting for the overall heat balance in the enclosure and including the cross-correlations of each component. Our method complements the procedure presented in the Standard EN15316-2, making it possible to compute emission losses as product-specific values of setpoint variations instead of tabulated values. As the main finding of the study, the calculation process is defined for a European Reference Room that allows an accurate and transparent evaluation of total setpoint variations. These are computed for specific products from measured vertical stratification and control parameters, by means of an annual IDA ICE simulation model of the reference enclosure. Applying the method to an annual energy performance simulation for an old and a new building in Strasbourg shows that emission losses are compensated by a total setpoint variation of respectively up to 2.00 °C and 1.20 °C, corresponding to an increase in total heating energy usage of up to 22% and 20%.

Special Issue “Energy and Technical Building Systems – Scientific and Technological Advances” now published

Our special issue with @MDPIOpenAccess “Energy and Technical Building Systems – Scientific and Technological Advances” (10 papers published) is now fully and freely available in pdf at https://www.mdpi.com/journal/energies/special_issues/energy_and_built_environment #Engineering #energy #energyefficiency #Sustainability #HVAC