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Title: Thermostatic Radiator Valve Evaluation

A large stock of multifamily buildings in the Northeast and Midwest are heated by steam distribution systems. Losses from these systems are typically high and a significant number of apartments are overheated much of the time. Thermostatically controlled radiator valves (TRVs) are one potential strategy to combat this problem, but have not been widely accepted by the residential retrofit market. In this project, the ARIES team sought to better understand the current usage of TRVs by key market players in steam and hot water heating and to conduct limited experiments on the effectiveness of new and old TRVs as a means of controlling space temperatures and reducing heating fuel consumption. The project included a survey of industry professionals, a field experiment comparing old and new TRVs, and cost-benefit modeling analysis using BEopt™ (Building Energy Optimization software).
Authors:
 [1] ;  [1]
  1. Advanced Residential Integrated Energy Solutions Collaborative (ARIES), New York, NY (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1220422
Report Number(s):
DOE/GO--102015-4586
7025
DOE Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
Advanced Residential Integrated Energy Solutions Collaborative (ARIES), New York, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Building Technologies Office (EE-5B)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
residential; Residential Buildings; ARIES; Building America; Air vent; one-pipe steam; overheating; steam balancing; steam convector; steam radiator; steam retrofit; Thermostatic radiator valve; TRV