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Title: Minimizing User Burden in Building Energy Analysis

  1. ThermoAnalytics, Inc., Calmut, MI (United States)
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ThermoAnalytics, Inc., Calmut, MI (United States)
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USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Building Technologies Office (EE-5B)
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Technical Report
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United States
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; Building Energy Modeling; R value; infrared

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Less, David Matthew. Minimizing User Burden in Building Energy Analysis. United States: N. p., 2015. Web.
Less, David Matthew. Minimizing User Burden in Building Energy Analysis. United States.
Less, David Matthew. 2015. "Minimizing User Burden in Building Energy Analysis". United States. doi:.
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  • The General Services Administration built the Norris Cotton Federal Office Building in Manchester, New Hampshire, and chose it as a demonstration project for studying the effectiveness of energy conservation techniques in the design and operation of a contemporary office building. User acceptance of both the innovative and conventional design features in the building was measured by administering a questionnaire to employees shortly after occupancy of the building and again eight months later. The most positively rated feature overall was the lighting, but reaction to the high pressure sodium lighting system as installed in the Norris Cotton Building was strongly negative.more » Response to noise levels and disturbances was about evenly divided, but workers in open-plan offices were less satisfied with the noise climate than workers in partitioned offices. Most respondents were dissatisfied with the temperature and ventilation conditions and the small windows in the building.« less
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  • The area of office technology is the fastest growing use of electricity in the fastest growing sector-the commercial sector. More than 10% of energy used by the commercial sector is being used in office technology. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency`s Energy Star Program is a manufacturer`s voluntary program and is, in effect, non-regulatory compliance. Energy efficiency in office technology is the basis for many benefits that result because the equipment inherently is more efficient in terms of its energy use. The old 486 computer processors, as they increased in MHz, required bigger fans. In fact, some of the high-end 486-machinesmore » came with two fans. Energy efficiency reduces the amount of cooling required, which can potentially reduce the fan requirements, if that feature is properly incorporated into the design by the manufacturer. Because the equipment is more energy efficient, the components can be placed in the equipment more closely-there could be a higher density of components so that the box becomes smaller. On the desktop, that infrastructure is the most expensive real estate, so a small footprint could be a very valuable feature. Also, because it`s more efficient, it rejects less heat, a benefit customers would identify. An added benefit is that the equipment saves energy. Class B office buildings, which are office buildings built `long ago,` don`t have the fundamental energy facilitating infrastructure for information technology, and retrofitting that technology becomes increasingly more expensive. There have been enormous strides in improving energy use in lighting, a major component of energy use in commercial buildings. In fact, energy use has been reduced from 2.5 to 3 W/sq ft to 1.5 W/sq ft, and potentially to below 1 W/sq ft. The plug load typically had been in the 0.3 to 0.5 W/sq ft range and has increased to 1 W/sq ft. Great value has been achieved because of the plug load, so this technology creates value far in excess of its energy use.« less
  • The focus of this study is energy information systems, broadly defined as performance monitoring software, data acquisition hardware, and communication systems used to store, analyze, and display building energy data. At a minimum, an EIS provides hourly whole-building electric data that are web-accessible, with analytical and graphical capabilities. Time series data from meters, sensors, and external data streams are used to perofmr analysis such as baselining, benchmarking, building level anomaly detection, and energy performance tracking.