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Energies 2013, 6(9), 4769-4785; doi:10.3390/en6094769

Saving Building Energy through Advanced Control Strategies

Department of Architectural Engineering, the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA
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Received: 3 June 2013 / Revised: 22 August 2013 / Accepted: 2 September 2013 / Published: 10 September 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Energy Efficient Building Design 2013)
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This article presents an analysis of the relationship between building energy usage and building control system operation and performance. A method is presented for estimating the energy saving potential of improvements in building and control system operation, including the relative impact of recommssioning and hardware and software upgrades, based on a subjective assessment of the level of energy efficient design and the energy usage of the building relative to similar buildings as indicated by the Energy Utilization Index for the building. The method introduces a Building Design Index and a Building Operating Index to evaluate building energy performance versus similar buildings, and uses these indices to estimate potential savings and effectiveness of control system improvements.
Keywords: buildings; controls; efficiency; energy; models; setpoints buildings; controls; efficiency; energy; models; setpoints
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Treado, S.; Chen, Y. Saving Building Energy through Advanced Control Strategies. Energies 2013, 6, 4769-4785.

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