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ENERGY EFFICIENCY ANALYSIS AND OPTIMIZATION FOR THE GLENNAN BUILDING AT CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY

by Ayman Samy Elshamy




Institution: Case Western Reserve University
Department: EMC - Mechanical Engineering
Degree: MSs (Engineering)
Year: 2015
Keywords: Engineering
Record ID: 2061365
Full text PDF: http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=case1417793256


Abstract

Different energy conservation measures were applied to the Glennan Building located on the Case Western Reserve University Campus in Cleveland, Ohio to assess their potential impact. Building geometry was first developed using the DesignBuilder program, while the EnergyPlus program was used to define the different parameters and systems in the building and to run the energy simulation. A customized weather file for the year 2013 was created using actual weather data on a six-minute interval basis. The energy simulation was run and the model was calibrated to the required accuracy. Using the calibrated model as a baseline, different energy conservation measures were applied to the building model and the corresponding energy savings were evaluated. It was found that ECM set# 3 (changing the cooling/heating set point temperature, the HVAC system schedules and the plug loads schedules) requires minimal investment but offers significant energy savings. Other ECMs are less attractive due to their long payback period.